Now is the time to think about goals for the new year and to consider your 2009 calendar. I’d like to offer a few things to think about.
- Be realistic when setting goals.
- Don’t overfill the calendar – leave time for spontaneity.
- Remember -you have a family.
- When scheduling family activities, check the your church calendar. There might be something already on their schedule that you wouldn’t want your family to miss.
- Plan vacations as soon as possible and get it on the your work calendar early to ensure less conflict later.
- Go ahead, mark off dates and times that are current weekly routines. Examples: soccer practice, civic organization meetings, Wednesday evening prayer services etc.
- When setting goals, leave weekly markers on your calendar to check your progress.
- If you already know about an upcoming wedding, anniversary, baby shower etc place those on the calendar asap.
- If you’ve already signed up to receive electronic bills in your email instead of paper bills in the mailbox, enter the name of the credit card company, utility company or other recipient on the calender under the correct due date. Do this for every month.
- Consider a book style calendar as back-up to your electronic calendar. Keep your monthly paper bills with your calendar in order to keep-up with what is due and when it is due.
By working on your 2009 calendar now, when things come to your attention to add to the calendar later, it won’t seem so overwhelming. Besides, you now have a heads up on what your new year is going to look like.