This may sound crazy but I want you to plan the things you need to plan for the year.
Wait, plan to plan? Yep. That's what I said!
Hear me out on this. It shouldn't take you more than 5-10 minutes. It's a really simple exercise but will get your brain moving. This year you need to accomplish a few things and you want to accomplish a few things. Well, I want you to accomplish both the needs and the wants. And I want you to do it without stress. For me, having a good checklist & plan for the things I am going to accomplish helps alleviate the stress.
So take the next few minutes and jot down a list of everything you need or want to accomplish this year that needs some additional planning. It doesn't need to be a fancy list but put it somewhere that you can refer to it easily. Here's my list:
- Daughter's birthday party
- Middle son's birthday party
- Baby's 1st birthday party
- Gifts to buy (& budget!) for babies on the way (several of my friends are expecting this year)
- Mini-baby shower for friend
- Trip to niece's graduation (along with gift)
- Needed home improvements (items, possible vendors, prices, budgets)
- Blog plan
- Christmas gift ideas
That's it. Those are the major events I need to have some kind of game plan for in 2011. To come up with my list I looked at my calendar and noticed which things I had marked down that would require more than just an hour or two in which to prepare.
Now I can take those 9 things and start a notebook for them in Springpad (my current favorite application for organizing my ideas). Then when I get a brainstorm I have a place to put it so the information is together. And when I have a chunk of time to sit an plan, the information I've already thought of is there waiting for me.