How to make the most out of 2013


How was your new year? Did you go out? Stay in? Party? Pray? Fall asleep? Whatever you did I hope it was awesome! As for me, I have to say I had a much better than expected start to the year, greatly helped by spending the few days in the run up to it forward-planning…

As is my new year tradition I’ve been working out what I hope to achieve in 2013; emotionally, physically, financially, spiritually! So as I stood with the crowds at the top of Alexandra Palace looking over the landscape of London and the revelers bringing in the new year (see pic below), I felt ready and excited.

There’s just something about where I am in my life right now that feels like I need to be more intentional with my actions. Maybe it’s being in my 30s but I suddenly feel like all my hopes and dreams that used to seem like a distant goal are suddenly tapping me on the shoulder and handing me a list of to-dos. So what do I do about them?

How to stop time running away from you

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve had an epiphany. The epiphany was… are you ready?… *drumroll* …*whispers* There are only 52 weeks in a year… 52 WEEKS! That’s it! 52 blink-and-you’ll-miss-them weeks and 2013 is over!

I don’t know about you but the weeks seem to go by so fast that before you know it you’re halfway through the year and either you’re no closer to achieving your goals or you were going so fast they couldn’t keep up and got left behind somewhere in February.

So if my 2012 theme was to be courageous. 2013 is all about being decisive! It’s time to take action people!

To quote a completely inspirational sermon I heard by Pastor Michael B Kelly entitled “The Road Most Travelled”:

Direction not intention determines your destination

Which I’ve come to paraphrase as: 

Intentions do not get you to where you need or want to be. Decisions do!

I’ve been a-wishing and a-hoping and a-one-daying for a few things but now is the time to really be intentional about making them happen. So with that in mind, my prayer is that 2013 is blessed with the wisdom and courage to make right decisions in order to get where we need and want to be.

On a practical note, if it helps, try making a 52-week wall planner. Monthly planners can be so vague and daily planners are just begging for you to get lost in the detail but a 52 week planner segments a year perfectly.

I took 52 sticky notes and posted them in rows of 13 on my wall and have begun jotting down goals and key dates for each week. This isn’t about reminders to get the milk, this is about savings, health goals, project deadlines. Seeing it all in 13 week chunks has really helped motivate me to make every day count. I will improve this but for now it’s a great way to visualise where I am, where I want to be and how I’m going to get there.

So that’s just a little something that’s helped me, what about you? How are you feeling about 2013?

Amongst many other things, I'm a 30-something contemplative Londoner making the daily commute between contentment and ambition.When not blogging, I'm using my talents for good as communications director at Gingerland and co-founder of Love Harlem.

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