20 Tips on Sticking to Your 2021 Plan

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Published: December 31, 2020  

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of people planning 2021 down to the nitty-gritty. A lot of people are contributing to the 342.7 million dollar industry of appointment books and paper planners. Planning is one of my favorite things to do, too! Getting organized and setting intentions all with the help of a warm cup of medium roast hazelnut coffee is my thangggg. 

But what about when the middle of February rolls around and you say bye-bye to those awesome business goals you had? Welllllll, bookmark this tab, you guys. I have all the answers to the question, how can I stick to my plans?

Here are 20 tips on both how you and I can stick to our plans next year. No matter what happens. Even if there’s a global pandemic. Pssshaw, when does that ever happen? *Crickets*

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“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals.
If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.”
― Roy T. Bennett

  1. Write your goals down. Write them down again. Magic happens when your brain tells your hand to do something. It’s like a baby manifestation.
  2. Hang goals where you can see them. This one is from Javacia, a writing community leader out of Birmingham, AL. She advises her community members to hang their goals within sight so they can reflect and create daily tasks with ease.
  3. Be self-aware, but don’t judge! Being aware of your inner self is great. Judging her is not. Allow yourself to be observant of how you’re progressing, but careful not to be such a harsh critic. You’ll grow more when you give yourself the allowance to do so.
  4. Manage yourself. Just like being self-aware, you want to be able to manage yourself. Know when you need to take a break or eat. Find out what time of day works best for the tasks you need to get done. For example, I like to start my day by gently easing into a good book, while others like to get their blood flowing right away.
  5. Identify areas of opportunities. AKA weaknesses, opportunities are tiny chances you have to better yourself. For example, I know I don’t wash my face enough at night because I’m glued to a bed or couch and find the act to be more unbearable than surgery. As such, this would be a great area of opportunity for me!
  6. Share your goals. Call your mom, tell her to let your auntie know what’s up, and post your goals to an online community. The more people know, the more you feel pressured into keeping your word.
  7. Reward yourself. You’re basically a dog in Pavlov’s experiment. Give yourself the cookie. 
  8. Break goals into small goals. Getting to the top of a mountain requires smaller, more painful steps along the way. Your goals are no different.
  9. Set due dates. Use that planner, girl! Set due dates for yourself just like you did in school.
  10. Be able to measure progress. Javacia at SJW tells her Janes (members of See Jane Write, a writing community Javacia leads), to shoot for quantifiable goals like landing three clients or posting eight times to social media. 
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11. Visualize yourself with your goal already completed. What does it feel like? 

12. Stop relying on quick fixes. Instant culture, much? Know that some things just take hard, long work.

13. Realize that you might be a diva or a little bit lazy. That’s. Okay. Figure out how to manage yourself so you can strive to be the best lazy diva ever.

14. Make your routine entertaining. In college during my 12-hour study lock-ins, I’d put a gummy bear at the end of every paragraph or so. This made reading a tad more fun and a lot sweeter. 

15. Realize your contribution (even the smallest) makes a difference. George Bernard Shaw says it perfectly. “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.”

16. Set realistic goals. Javacia likes for her Janes to pick only four goals to crush per month.

17. Notice your verbiage. Don’t say, “I’m so ugly. I want to have a rocking body.” Instead try, “I love my body the way it is but I’m going to make it even more beautiful.”

18. Draw boundaries. In your personal life and business. The lines you set will help you achieve goals you never even knew you had. 

19. Use social media intentionally. Don’t just scroll. Look up tips. Engage with others in a new community. 

20. Know what your purpose is. Without purpose, a goal isn’t much of anything but a thought you had. 

Bonus: Expand by thinking outside of yourself. Try to avoid focusing on you, you, you. Your pay, your body, or your diet. Think about how this impacts those around you. Going vegetarian? Think about the animals or the environment. Getting fit? You’ll be reducing health care costs and contributing to an overall healthier community. Karmaaaaa.

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Planning goals is just writing a fancy list or two. That’s if you do nothing about it. Keep these 20 tips in your back pocket whenever you’re lacking motivation and asking yourself, how can I stick to my plans? (Even if a pandemic hits.)

Happy New Year! From, Carrie Jean at CBCJ

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Carrie Jean is a Midwestener-turned-Californian front-of-house veteran with over 12 years in the restaurant industry. Now she writes about mindset, jobs, dogs, and how to manage all three. In addition to writing, she offers virtual assistance and vocal talent. Fun Fact: She loves Abe Lincoln.

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