How I’m Planning For 2021 (Is my Enneagram 7 Showing?)


There is nothing I love more than changes and new beginnings. Seriously. I look forward to the new year SO MUCH. I told my kids that New Years Eve is super exciting because starting on January 1st, every day is an opportunity to make this year the best year ever. Will I lose this steam later in the year? Yes. My enthusiasm may be gone in a week, who knows. (HA! Only kind of kidding.)

So let’s embrace this new start while we’re still optimistic, shall we?

(I just WISH my bullet journal skills were this great! People are so artistic/creative!)

I’m preparing for 2021 by…

+ Setting up my bullet journal

I am not an expert on bullet journaling, but if you want to get into it – and you should – search for videos on YouTube! This is the video tutorial that got me hooked.

+ Answering journaling prompts about 2020

Favorite questions for the end of the year include:

  1. What went well last year?
  2. What didn’t go so well?
  3. What did I learn?
  4. What were some of my favorite memories?
  5. What were some favorite traditions I want to continue?
  6. What were life-draining activities?
  7. What were life giving activities?
  8. Where do I want to be in a year?

+ Drafting goals

I take the question ‘where do I want to be in a year?’ and use this to draft my list of goals for the new year. I keep this list short. I think last year I had 5 things and this year I plan to have around that many.

+ Starting a ‘to-do’ list

My to-do list is separate from my goals for the year, because these are items that are not at all exciting or even helpful in terms of self-improvement, but they’re pesky items I need to get done. For instance, this year I want to print pictures for a gallery wall, create a photo book of Phoebe’s first year, etc.

+ Creating even more lists

My lists include hikes I want to do, places I want to travel, campgrounds I want to make reservations at this summer, restaurants I want to order from (or eat at, when we get back to that point!), books I want to read, etc. I LOVE writing lists so this is a fun thing for me to do and I find myself referencing back to the lists often. I used to keep these lists on my phone, but I find that if I keep them in my bullet journal they’re way more likely to be looked at again.

I’m ready to make some memories in 2021, that is FOR SURE. I hope you had a wonderful start to the new year!

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