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How to Plan for the Year Ahead

Blog post   •   Feb 05, 2013 15:53 +08

Can you imagine it’s already February?! Where did the time go? Some of you might be raring to go, having already planned what you want to accomplish this year. Sadly, not all of us are as organised. If you’re not a planner by nature, here’s our fool-proof guide to get your life organised and have 2013 be the most productive year so far.

Lists, Lists, Lists

You make a list for grocery shopping so why not your life or career? Listing a task down on paper makes you ever more committed to completing it. Before you plan though, you need to know what you want. What is the one main thing you want to achieve this year? Write this down. Then think about other goals that are important but might be easier to achieve. When you have your goals listed down, it’s time to think about HOW to achieve them. What do you need to do to get started? Break your tasks down into steps and put deadlines to each. The key here is to give yourself targets and milestones so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Review your progress weekly and make changes to your strategy if necessary.


You know your end destination and have a plan. Now comes the harder part – making sure you keep to the plan. Discipline, discipline, discipline – we can’t emphasise how important that is. It is a quality all successful people have in common. As the saying goes, don’t leave till tomorrow, what you can do today. Even if you spend an hour everyday working towards your goal, you are still closer than you were yesterday.

The Glass is Half Full, Not Half Empty

In your quest for success, there are going to be setbacks. Nothing good in life comes easy. If it did, we’d all be successful. When you do encounter a setback though, never give up. Do you know most failures are due to people focusing on how far they’ve yet to go, instead of how far they’ve gotten? A simple change of attitude can do wonders in spurring us on. So, let’s be positive! With every challenge there is an opportunity.

The Power of Visualisation

V Council Member Khaled Obbeya from Team Faith swears by this. He talks more about, saying that “success is 90% visualisation, and just 10% effort.” What does he mean by visualisation? Khaled imagined his photo at the top of the QNET Achievers’ Club page. What does your dream look like?

So, there you have it. Before you know it, it’ll be the end of the year and if you’ve stuck to your plan, you would be feeling like you’re on top of the world, having achieved your goal! Remember, nothing is going to happen if YOU don’t make it happen. Good luck!

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