Instead of our regularly scheduled program, this week I am going to open my planning sessions for the new year.
Part of the process of planning is looking back to find out what I did accomplish. It is easy to lose sight of the accomplishments after they have passed by. Since my accomplishments are not of the huge variety, few people except me know they have been done…and consequently there is no fuss about them.
By looking back, I get to really look at what I have accomplished. And it is always more than I figured.
The reason I love the planners I use is because it asks me to take a look at the past year. I’m asked to evaluate where I was, where I am now, what worked, what didn’t work so well, how I feel, and then allows me to vent about it.
This is important for me. Too often I get caught in the cycle of go-go-go and I forget to acknowledge what I have done and been through.
When I did the planner last year, I found that 2011 was a really tough year for me. It was only by recognizing that I struggled with many things that I found the space to adjust my plans so that I was able to relax and recover (to a certain extent) in 2012.
In 2012 I found that I have the strength to walk away from the things that are sucking my soul dry. I found that I could be a single parent during the week and still have time for me. I found that I am capable of handling most things, including a half-eaten wild rabbit in the front garden.
Answering the Questions
The planners asked me what dreams came true for me this year. There were some, but I had to think about it. What do I want to celebrate? What did I prove to myself? All of these questions I pondered and answered.
It’s not all light and sunshine, though. I can celebrate the things that weren’t so great, because out of adversity, my strength is tested and shown. This is the place where I admit to myself that perhaps not everything is working as well as I had hoped, and maybe the solution isn’t to do more of the same. This is the place where I get to be honest.
What Do I Need To Know?
This year I’ve also found some holes in my knowledge through the review. In considering what went wrong, I had to also consider if there was something I could have known ahead of time that would have prevented it.
There was also the pages where I got to write down everything I was grateful for in 2012. This reminds me in a powerful way of all the things that have impacted my life, and the lessons they have given me. Some of the things were planned, like picking blueberries. Others were unexpected, like connecting with an old friend during my unexpected trip back to my home state.
In the end, although 2012 was not without significant challenges, I found that I accomplished many things. I found reserves of resilince and strength within myself that I had not thought I had.
All in all, I was satisfied with 2012. There were some hard lessons learned. There were some joyous times. And I have a place to start from for 2013.
What is the one thing you will remember 2012 for? Is it something you did? Something that happened? A hard lesson? Please share.
Photo by Tobyotter
My Tools For Success
- The Personal Incredible Life Planner
- The Business Incredible Life Planner
- My NeuYear Calendar
- Gel pens, with a healthy dose of glitter
- Dry erase markers in fun colors