· Start weekly/or twice weekly quotes with kids, discuss meanings and explore authors
· Start weekly family meeting and/or game time
· Purchase truck with CASH!! in April
· Start ESA 529 for kids in Jan.
· Finish 6 month emergency fund
· Check credit reports
· Touch up chipped areas of paint throughout house
· Clean and beautify basement
· Move shade plants to front of house
· Trim tree in back bed
· Gourd birdhouses and feeders
· Make winter, spring and summer table runner
· Make 3 gift quilts
· Make library bag
Self Development· That’s personal!! ;-)
Places to visit/Things to do
· Continue visiting ACRES properties in area (local land trust areas with hiking trails)
· Lego Land
· Pourcupine Mts. State Park
Now this is just a sampling from my list, I didn't all everything for personal reasons and because, well, it's pretty boring, but you get the picture. After I get my list drafted I usually have a meeting with my husband and see what he thinks about the list and what he would like to add. I'll informally ask the kids the same general questions as well. As they get older they will have more influence over the list.
So why go to the trouble to write these things down? We all start off a new year or new season in our lives with good intentions, but those intentions soon fade from our minds when life happens, which is all the time. I feel like when I write these things down they become concrete, not just an idea floating around. They are in the first stages of birth, then I can begin the work of bringing these plans to life. I don't look at these plan every day, I may look at them 4 times a year, but I'll go back just to refresh my memory. I also do an end of year review to see how it went. Usually the things that were really important got accomplished, if not and they are still important then they will be put on the new year's list.
I'd love to hear about your new year's planning!