The best time to plan for the new year is now! The year 2020 has been full of surprises, for many people, organizations and governments. Life will not be the same for many because the tides that came hit so hard. It will be unnecessary to recall the many losses recorded by even the most formidable organizations and governments across the world.
If you are not planning 2021 right now, you are very wrong! It will be a disaster to enter the new year the same way you entered 2020. You cannot afford to approach 2021 casually; you need a strategic and workable plan.
What is a Plan?
A plan is a well spelt out map; a thorough sketch of how your year will go. It must cover every detail of your life, involvements, engagements, aspirations, expectations and requirements to achieve your desires. Until your plan is thorough, it is a mere wish.
How to Plan 2021 Productively
- Set your Targets for the Year
Be clear about your expectations. Be detailed and thorough about what you want to achieve. Do not approach the new year without a clear picture of your dreams, aspirations, expectations and desires. Stop being vague about your plans. Define what you want to achieve. If you do not know where you are to go, you will arrive nowhere. Do not waste the new year.
- Your Plan Must Cover All Aspects of your Life
Your New Year Plan is not complete until it captures every aspect of your life. Be sure to plan everything to theminutest detail.
For instance, as a young person, you may not be ready for marriage in 2021 but it may be necessary to start preparing. You do not stumble on marriage; you prepare for your dream home by praying seriously, working on your weaknesses so you can attract the right partner, building your finances and so on.
Your plan must be detailed about your academic aspirations, your spiritual targets, your financial goals, and much more. let your plan for 2021 cover every area of your life. You must not leave any aspect of ‘You’ deficient.
- Break your Targets into Daily, Weekly and Monthly Goals
Although you may be ready to enforce dramatic proressive changes in your life, setting an annual target for yourself can be daunting. I advice you set big but realistic targets for yourself.
There are twelve months in the new year. Break each plan of yours for 2021 into Monthly Goals, and further, into Weekly Targets that will help you achieve those Monthly Goals. Your Weekly Targets should then be further broken into Daily Steps you must take in order to achieve your Weekly Targets.
Your plan for the year must appear like strategic steps you can take in every area of your life, to help you climb progressively into your aspirations. This is the way to plan productively.
- Plan on Paper
No matter how intelligent you are, until you have learnt how to write down your plans, you cannot be strategic enough to work your plans through. There is power in a Written Plan. Habakkuk says,
“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” – Hab 2:2
Writing is a spiritual strategy for capturing the secrets of your heart and until you are dedicated to this practise, you cannot enter into the revealed details of God’s plan for you.
Write down your plans! Capture the details of your journey. Be dedicated to making your plans plain, understandable and clear enough to communicate the passion within your heart, if anyone reads it.
- Be Sincere About the Cost
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?” – Luk 14:28
Luke sheds light on the need to be realistic about the demands that will produce your desires.
As you plan the new year, tell yourself the truth. Understand the adjustments you must make. Be clear about the price you need to pay in every area of your life in order to enforce the needed change you desire.
Talking about costs, you may to kill some appetites, you may need to read more or invest in buying materials and books. Some people definitely need to listen more so they can lead better. Nigerian government needs to learn to listen to the true needs of the people. What is the cost of the plans you have?
- Be dogged; Pay the Price
What is the use of knowing the price without paying it? Progress is not a function of making moves but of taking the right steps. Many people invested in 2020 but now have little to show; and yes, it was not their fault they had no Return On Investment. So, you see, life does not just happen, you make it what you want.
As you plan the new year and realise whatever price you need to pay, be determined, dogged and deliberate about going all out to achieve your dreams.
- Stay on your Plan
As the year 2021 progresses, regardless of whether you are making headway or not, you will be tempted to abandon your plan. The year will come with distractions, some good news, others, not so palatable.
Whatever happens, stay committed to your plan for the year. At the beginning, you may not appear to be making much progress, but as you stay on track through the year, taking steps according to your timeline, your progress will build up and be evident.
Revisit your plan for the year every month or more. Stay on the plan, keep it close to your eyes.
- Be Flexible with your Strategies
Your plans may be impressive but until your strategies are applicable, your paper work is only a wish. As you stay committed to your plans, be flexible to the patterns needed to achieve them. Many times, we know where we are headed, but are not aware of details about the routes the LORD will have us ply. The book of proverbs tells us:
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” – Pro 14:12.
Stay open to change strategies for implementing your plans because the path you know may become obsolete and irrelevant over time.
- Spiritual Scrutiny
Stay mindful of the fact that no matter how thorough your plans are, no matter how flexible and applicable your strategies become, you are at the mercy of Divinity. The New Living Translation of God’s word says in Pro 16:3
“Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”
The achievement of your plans is only subject to the release of God’s grace. You cannot achieve what has not been approved and allotted to you from above. A wise man once said, “We do not achieve great things, He puts great things in our hands!”
This is not a call to irresponsibility. You must plan and plan productively. Yet, after you have done all, release your plans to God for His approval and scrutiny. Let Him effect the changes and recommendations as needed. Why? He already has a plan to bless you greatly in 2021. So let Him align yours with His. He knows the pitfalls you must avoid and the strategies best for you. Going for Divine scrutiny is the wisdom you need to ice your plans and set yourself up for a most outstanding 2021.
UPRIGHT remains committed to giving you quality contents that will bring the best out of you and bring the best to you. You will succeed. God bless you.