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2013_09_01 YP Day

*This is part 4 in a series. Please start here to get the steps in part one and grab your free printable.*

I don’t know about you, but this has been quite the mental workout for me! Were almost finished though, so pat yourself on the back for sticking in there with it this long! The final leg out our journey through building a yearly plan can be done in many different ways. There are some who stop here and just do the rest on their daily calendar on a week by week basis, or even a day by day basis. I personally prefer to a month at a time. My life tends to move quite fast and it is just unrealistic for me to set aside time every week to plan out the next one in this kind of detail. In this post I will give you a quick walk through of what that process looks like for me and you can adapt it or take an entirely different route from there.

Now this process may seem a bit more intensive, but believe me it looks worse in print than it does in actuality. Most of these things you do in your head anyway when you are planning your day. We are simply putting them down on paper and making conscious decisions about what we are going to focus on so that we have a better chance of making sure those things that are important to us get done.

I like to work on my “Goals by Day” sheets so that I can work without being distracted by anything else that might be on my calendar already. It helps me to honestly evaluate what needs to be done to accomplish the tasks at hand to the best of my ability without trying to take anything else into consideration just yet. To get started a print out two of the “Goals by Day” pages so that I have enough spaces for four weeks. Granted some months run longer or shorter, but again, it helps me to stay focused on the needs of the task not to consider that at this stage.

Start by blocking out any spaces you know you won’t be using. For instance, of my 8 areas of focus I consider 4 to be work, so they are to be blocked out on Shabbat. We also don’t school on Yom ShiShi {Friday}, nor do I work on homeschool related tasks that day, so that block is cross off on that day. Setting these boundaries before you start planning keeps you from being tempted to overrun you rest times in an effort to get something done and forces you to look for alternative methods for achievement.

Then it is a matter of looking at what it takes to get the particular task in question done, objectively looking at the amount of time it takes to get them done, and assigning the steps to the days available. One way of doing this is to make a list of all the things that come to mind when you think of accomplishing that goal. Then narrow that list down to the important aspects, taking in to consideration the time you have set aside to work on that goal. Once you have gotten he details narrowed done to the essentials, you can add then to your “goals by Day” sheet, making any adjustments needed along the way.

Last, but certainly not least, you can set the final bit of intention to this process and add the daily goals to your calendar, committing to a time for each. It is not enough to say that you are going to such this or that on Yom Sheni {Monday}. You need to know that at 4pm on Yom Sheni you are going to do this and at 6pm you are going to do that. This helps complete the process in many ways:

1. It gives you an extra layer of accountability. You not only know what needs to be done, but when it needs to be done.
2. It helps you be realistic. If you have a task planned for Yom Sheni that takes 2 hours to finish, but you only have 1 hour available, then you know changes must be made in order for you to be successful. You may have to narrow down the steps of your goal a bit more or maybe there is something else in your day that holds less of priority that may need to be removed to make room for that task.
3. It gives you boundaries adhere to. If you’re you simply have a a list of things you must do in a day and someone asks you to do something for them, it can be very easy to say that you can move one of your tasks to another day and take on that new thing. If, however, you have assigned times for all that the Father has given you to accomplish and you look and see that there is nowhere else to move anything to fit that new request in, then you are in a much better position to objectively look at whether or not it is God’s will for you to take on that new task.

You are now set up for success in the upcoming year! Trust me, all this effort pays for itself down the line! I cannot stress this enough…this is NOT a process you want to do alone. Please pray and let the Spirit guide you through this! May you have a year full of accomplishment and prosperity! Be blessed beloved!~

Surrendered to Him~
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For more in this series check out these posts:
Part 1: Areas of Focus {plus free printable downloads}
Part 2: Goals by Month
Part 3: Goals by Week

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