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How to Set up your Year for Success

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It’s that time of year, when we all begin writing out our goals, scheduling our weeks and setting ourselves up for success for the new year!

And then the second week rolls around and we’re a little bit more lenient with our schedules…and then the third week rolls around and maybe we’re just too busy to do all those things we said we were going to do.

I don’t know about you but by the fourth week of January, I’ve pretty much thrown my schedule out the window.

I want you to be successful throughout your entire year so I’m going to show you a few tricks I’ve found that not only keep me motivated but help me continue to quickly and efficiently reach my goals.

And the first step is thinking about your year in increments of 30-90 days.

Not only will this help you reduce overwhelm but focusing on a goal for the next 90 days will also reduce boredom and will help keep you on track.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I hate schedules! Who’s with me???

I really really hate them. I feel so constricted and when life happens or I have to be flexible with my schedule, I feel awful and become extremely frustrated.

Not only that, frankly, schedules have never really worked for me.

There has to be a better way right?

There have to be other people in the world that can’t stick to a nicely written out hour by hour schedule.

I was writing out this giant list of tasks that needed to be done but I was only getting two to three things done on that list.

I’ve found a very simple solution. 

Then I found it. What if I only wrote one or two tasks down that needed to be done for that day.

And these one to two things would be the things would make the rest of my list either not needed or make those tasks easier!

These one or two tasks would help me reach a bigger goal I had set for myself but I was actually able to accomplish these tasks much more quickly than a list of ten or twenty tasks!

See, when you give yourself a giant list of ten or more tasks to do, it becomes overwhelming.

We may lose sleep just to get these tasks done.

We may not do these tasks to our full ability because we have five other tasks staring at us and we just need to “get it done”.

And that’s when things in our lives start to slip. We’re not giving the best possible quality and value we can because we’re spread too thin.

 How do you schedule your day for maximum productivity?

How do you find these magical one or two tasks that will help you reach your overall goal?

I know, it sounds odd to only be doing one or two tasks but hear me out.

Maybe your biggest goal for the year is to exercise 4-5 days a week but you just haven’t been going to the gym or you find that you’re getting distracted and forget you planned to go to the gym.

Pick one or two tasks that will get your closer to that goal.  Maybe that’s getting up earlier to go for a walk or setting your gym clothes and tennis shoes by your bed at night.

Basically, you just have to look at the one thing you want to accomplish this year, in the next 90 days, in the next 30 days.

What is that?

And what are two tasks you can do every single day to get yourself closer to that goal?

Creating just two small tasks will keep you on track, keep you motivated and will be way less overwhelming!

These tasks will not take over your entire day and they can be done in less than 20-30 minutes.

Make these tasks simple and easy to accomplish.

The goal here is to take the steps necessary to accomplish your bigger goal!

Schedule your day for success the night before.

I always thought I had to schedule my entire week. But like I said, life happens as it tends to do and our schedule needs to change from day to day.

But when I scheduled out my entire week, I found myself feeling frustrated if I wasn’t able to stick exactly to that schedule.

And again, lost sleep trying to stay on the schedule and so on.

It was just a vicious cycle and as you can tell, schedules and I just don’t get along!

So the solution was simple, I knew I had to prioritize one or two tasks but instead of doing this for the entire week, I wrote down my two most important tasks the night before!

This helped me feel more flexible and I was still able to get the tasks done that I needed to get done!

For me, this was a game changer and drastically helped actually accomplish my goals just one day at a time!

Set goals in 30-90 day increments and once your big goal is completed, begin again!

Look, at the end of the day, it’s simple, prioritize one or two tasks that are needed to get you to your end goal.

This will not only leave you feeling extremely productive but it will also be an incredibly amazing feeling to continually accomplish goals throughout your year!

How do you schedule your day?

Do you feel overwhelmed or like you had a productive day at the end of each day?

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  1. says:

    This is great advice! I am a big scheduler, but I love the idea of set a goal and then do two things each day to help achieve that goal. Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much Lynette!

  2. Ah this is soooo helpful! Like you say it can all be so daunting, and when you have kiddies to run around after with their schedules changing all the time, setting short term goals with planning the night before just makes sense! We will definitely be trying it out your way!

    1. That’s fantastic to hear!! I’m so glad you’re going to give this way a try and hopefully just as well for you as it does for us!!

  3. says:

    Excellent advice. I am struggling to create a “schedule” I can stick to, but I’m working on it. Something that seems to work for me (only time will tell) is a bullet journal. I’m still experimenting with it, but it’s simple and flexible. I simply list the things I have to accomplish today and want to accomplish. As I complete a task, I check it off. It’s working for me and seems to be a great way to keep track of my crazy life.

    1. That’s fantastic that you found something that’s working really well for you Jackie! Bullet journals are fantastic and I use them on and off as well! I hope it continues to work for you!

  4. Jen Seislove says:

    I love your advice on thinking of and completing two tasks to get you to your goal! I’m going to do that!

    1. Thank you so much Jen! I’m glad you enjoyed this post and will be implementing some of the steps!

  5. says:

    I go through periods where I dont feel as productive as I could be and it really is just not being able to squeeze everything into the day. So the must-do list gets done and things like working out keeping getting bumped to tomorrow or next week….

    1. I think we’re all a bit like that especially this time of year when it’s cold, my motivation wavers a lot! It’s all about just taking one task at a time and then moving onto the next!

  6. I like to have a big list of things I want to achieve, then pick a couple for the week, a bit like you! Some things never seem to float up to the top. I guess some things just aren’t as important. It’s quite flexible though.

    1. I used to do that as well! I just distracted quite easily but we all just have to find what works best for us!

  7. Sandy says:

    Great advice. Truthfully, I am a schedule and list person already. However, too many lists or too regimented schedules can be setting myself for failure. I agree it’s important to set realistic goals that can be attainable instead.

    1. Thank you Sandy! I completely agree it’s all about small, actionable steps!

  8. says:

    I have self-discovered the benefit of the night-before preparation. But I like these other ways to consider reclaiming some of my time back form my schedule – thanks!

    1. Preparing your day the night before is incredible!!! Glad you enjoyed out tips Penny!

  9. phillnmel says:

    Thank you for these tips, I have been struggling to get motivated this year! xx

    1. It can be a bit of a struggle at the beginning to get motivated but I’m glad you enjoyed these tips and found them helpful!

  10. says:

    Big on making list, scheduling and just being organized. Getting up early really helps me get everything done.

    1. I completely agree! Getting up early is key to getting things done and starting your day off right!

  11. Lauren Sheriff says:

    Yes, the night before works so well for me! I feel so much better scheduling myself the night before and I get so much more accomplished!


    1. It works wonders for us too! Way easier than trying to schedule out the day in the morning!

  12. LOLOL! I’m horrible at goals. I have huuuuge ones and they’re too huge and i forget them. I started making lists of “URGENT MUST GET DONE” and “to do” and that’s helped me tackle some. Urgent Must Get Done – lysol the house so no one gets the flu. To Do – clean out closet and donate clothes. it really helps triage everything mama needs to do!

    1. That’s fantastic that you’ve found something that works really well for you Justine!!

  13. says:

    I love this, I usually set my intentions for the week, then every night , if i don’t fall asleep, i write out my top three priority list to get done.

    1. Thank you so much Latersa! I love that!

  14. says:

    Two tasks seems so much more doable! I’m going to try this, this week!

    1. Absolutely! I hope putting the main focus on two tasks works out for you Janelle!

  15. says:

    Great post! Something as little as putting your shoes out the night before really does help. I often sleep in my sports bra the night before so that when I wake up I’ve already done half of the hardest part, changing out of the pajamas to get moving!

    1. Thank you so much! Great suggestion Becca! If you’re already mostly dressed for your workout then you’re way more likely to just get it done!

  16. cassiect says:

    Lately, my daily schedules are in my head. Haven’t gotten around to actually putting them to paper, maybe because then I don’t have to see what I didn’t get to…. So I love the idea of only setting 1 or 2 small tasks. Thanks for the encouragement!

    1. Sometimes I like to just write out what I have gotten done that day just to cross it out. That helps me get in the habit of writing my schedule down and seeing those tasks crossed off gives me the motivation to continue!

      1. cassiect says:

        Ah, that’s great too. Come to think if it, I do actually do this too, just again still in my head 🙂 But I am visual so writing it down should be a must for me.

  17. Very helpful advice. I am such a paper and pen girl so I agree to writing schedules down.

    1. Thank you glad you enjoyed this post!! We are too! Sticky notes everywhere!

  18. says:

    Smaller chunks make everything seem more manageable. It’s lots of little things we do that add us to success.

    1. Exactly! It’s all about small actionable steps that will help you get closer to those larger goals!

  19. ADHDhomeschooledmom says:

    I’m a big scheduler too. I created something called the 90% rule. If I don’t get all of my tasks done in one day, I move the unfinished task to the next day. I came up with a planner I use on my website called the 90% Planner for Busy Ladies. I start off with an inspirational quote and continue to move forward. I’m learning little by little to be flexible and not freak out if I don’t check every box on my list. Great post!

    1. Oh, I love this!!! That’s such a fantastic way to get things done without feeling overwhelmed or discouraged if you weren’t able to get to everything on your list! Thanks for sharing and glad you enjoyed our post!

  20. asap1908 says:

    It’s always good to be reminded from time to time

    1. I completely agree!

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