As we pass the midpoint of December, the once distant, hazy prospect of a new year and all its accompanying plans and resolutions is hurtling toward us at a breakneck pace. While my past two New Year goal setting seasons were lost in the haze of pregnancy and being a new mama, I am determined to reclaim the steering wheel of my schedule and be intentional about my dreams and plans for 2015.
Something I have learned over the years is that if I don't claim the open spaces in my schedule, they will be claimed for me. This was a familiar refrain when I worked in a collaborative office environment in which assignments, objectives, and goals are shared, but I was certain that in transitioning into a solo enterprise, I could protect these oh-so important blocks of time (and energy).
I created a schedule in which I consolidated the different hats in my life into dedicated teaching days, writing days, "just mama" days, family days, and a day that was supposed to be available for life details and pursuing personal interests. But inevitably, a client will need to move their standing appointment, an opportunity to offer a workshop or lead a training will pop up, or we will find ourselves hosting a (welcome!) visitor. And before I realize it, I am right back to wearing every hat seven days a week and making little (read: no) progress on my personal goals and pursuits. Sound familiar?
In the new year, I want to be more firm about protecting space for these endeavors, so I am I am starting with a clear, defined schedule that incorporates a weekly ritual of setting (or revisiting) intentions and identifying how and when I will make space to pursue them. The lovely and inspirational Kimberly Wilson has provided a fabulous tool to help you with this process, or you may feel inspired to create your own. What matters is not the tool itself, but that you USE it.
Before you tie a bow around 2014, I encourage you to give some thought not just to your plans and dreams, but also how and when you will make them come true.