How To Make A Great Plan For Success In 2016 And Actually Stick To It!

The year 2015 is winding down, and while you might not have got everything done this year, you can start making plans for 2016 and getting ready to start putting plans into action and ticking off all those pesky New Year goals. Here’s how to make a plan for 2016 and actually stick to it.

1. Write down your goals.

You may have just one goal that you want to accomplish next year. Or you may have several. Regardless of the number of goals that are fresh in your mind, it’s important to remove them from the figments of your imagination and write them down. This simple first step allows you not only to physically see what your goals are, but it helps you make them a reality. For example, chances are when you see your daily or weekly “to-do” list lying around, you’ll want to make some headway on it. The same thing applies to your list of goals. If you see it, you’ll be more likely to jump on it and do it.

2. Focus on one goal at a time.

As you prepare to tackle each goal on your list, don’t try to be superwoman and attempt to achieve all of them at once. Instead, begin with the least challenging goal and work on it until it is achieved before moving onto the next. Beginning with and completing the “easiest” item, will give you confidence to move forward and achieve the rest. So now that you have your list of goals, re-write them in order of easiest to most challenging. Again, physically seeing your goals written in this order will create a clear visual.

3. Create a timeline.

Now that your goals are clearly arranged, begin with the first item on your list and create an outline or timeline of what needs to be done in order for you to achieve this particular goal. Make this outline as detailed as possible. Next, set aside time, preferably the same time each day to work on small portions of your outline. This will make achieving your goals less daunting, less stressful and most important, this will allow you to hone in on specific skills that you need to achieve each aspiration.

4. Stick to your plan!

In order to accomplish your goals, you’re going to need to stick to your plan. This means chipping away at aspects of each item everyday. If you were a little kid and your goal was to learn how to ride your bike, then you would have to practice a little bit each day in order to get the hang of it. The same principle applies to achieving your goals. If you want them to become a reality, you have to maintain the motivation needed to accomplish them.

  • Definitely agree that you need a timeline and a schedule. I think too many of us sit down and make big goals and then don’t make a step by step process to get us there. Baby steps, people! xx Hoping you have a fantastic and inspirational and awesome and epic New Year x

  • Thank you so much for sharing ! These kind of posts really make me wanna improve myself in 2016 ans motivate me to do so

    Xoxo

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  • Such simple and yet lovely tips. Timelines will be made!

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Amazing tips ! Super practical and easy to follow :)

    Katina | http://www.katinalindaa.com

  • Great tips! I love number two, it’s definitely something I need to remind myself.

    Lennae xxx
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  • Kristy Hart

    These are som great tips! I will have to revisit this post when I get round to deciding on my new years resolutions
    Kristy x
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  • These are great tips Olivia! These are tricks I’ve actually been putting into place! I feel writing them down and making a concious decision to take action no matter how small it can truly make a difference! Happy New Years!!!

    Jasmine :)
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  • Chi-Chi

    Great tips, especially number 3. I usually write down my goals but i sometimes forget to make a timeline for them! creating a timeline helps with progress and accountability

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  • Thank you for reminding us to do all of this again. Those are things that really get forgotten quickly as the year goes by.

    I’ve still got a question for you: How do the power of habit play into all of this?

  • Parag Khedikar

    Really nice & helpful..thanks