Make Time for What Matters: 3 ways to Start the New Year Off Right

People make time for what they want; there’s no two ways about it. The advent of the new year is an opportunity for you to make time for what matters to you. But first, take time to pause, reflect on your purpose and goals, and intentionally set yourself up for the next season.

Make time for what matters: 3 steps to kickstart 2023 like a rockstar

Here we look at the importance of setting priorities, planning your next steps, and getting the particulars just right so you can start the new year off right:

  1. Set priorities 

Ask yourself what your passion is. Be very specific. Your purpose spurs you to action, and your passion pushes you to do more. When you know your passion and your purpose, you will discover your priorities. Priorities are incredibly important. One arrow hitting the bullseye has a greater impact than ten arrows that miss the bullseye.

Do a brain dump to clear your head. You can do this by making a list of your priorities. This will improve their visibility, and when your priorities are visible, you will feel less stress. If you remember anything else, then you should create a “things to do later” list. Don’t try to add extra things to your list of priorities; this may end up sending you into a mental funk.

 If you add it to your priority list, you will have so much on your mind that you end up doing things halfway. It’s more fun to live your passion and less fun to live your priorities. You need to make your priorities fun. 

  1. Plan the future course of action.

Some people are so focused on the here and now that they fail to plan for the future. A plan is like a GPS; it shows you how you are going to get to where you want to go. 

Take your bucket of priorities and divide them into small plans. When you plan, you plant. You are planting the seed in your mind, and now all you need to do is water it. Using a vision board is a great way to plan your actions and reach your goals.

When you make a plan, you say yes to one thing and no to several other things. 

  1. Lay down the particulars

These are the things that will help you enact your plan. They are the turn signals on the GPS; that is your plan. Imagine the process, because that’s going to program your body to follow your mind. When you have the specifics down, you will know what is expected of you. When you know your particulars, you know your responsibilities.

Takeaway: Make time for what matters.

Resist the temptation to get carried away with preparing for the new year. Remember to spend time with your family. After all, people make time for what they want and consider more important.

Planning makes you more accountable and allows you the flexibility to define your priorities. Make time for what matters to you. You need to make time for your family and the things that will take you to the next level.

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