How To Have Your Best Year Ever

Planning can be done at any time of the year but most of us focus on the start of a new year as a good time to look to the future.

Many of us set New Year’s resolutions in our head, but then we find by the end of January we have failed to act on our enthusiasm for the upcoming year, or we have already given up.

PLANNING will take you from being very vague about what you are doing to being very specific, and done correctly, will help you have your best year ever.

WHY Do You Need To PLAN?

Spending time to plan the upcoming year properly means that we can get so much more out of it. There is a part of our brain called the Reticular Activating System (RAS) which works like our antenna. If any of you have looked to buy a car, you will notice that you start seeing that car everywhere although you never really noticed it before. This is because:

“Our Reticular Activating System Seeks What We Set For It”

If we can spend considerable time thinking about what we want, we feed these thoughts into the RAS which will then start alerting us about how to get what we want.

How To Have Your Best Year Ever – The 5 Step Strategy


1) Plan To Plan

Set 1-2 days aside this year to plan for next year. Take yourself away from your normal environment and even better is to go into nature and find somewhere with an open view.

2) Put Pen To Paper

Write down your goals for ALL areas of your life. Start with your personal goals

3) Plan Around The Big Events

Work out what you want to do in the next year and put your ‘rocks’ in first. Use the yearly planner to get a clear view of the major events for your year.

4) Quarterly Planning

Plan your quarter (90 days). If I drive from London to Edinburgh, I know my destination but I only ever focus as far as I can see. A quarter is short enough for me to still see but enough time to really get some things done.

5) Schedule It

If it’s not in your calendar, it doesn’t get done!


PLANNING is a skill that was not taught properly at school but when you master it, it can make an amazing difference in your life. I’d recommend everyone investigates learning more about planning strategies.

Do you plan to plan, and do you have any further tips on how to have your best year ever and to increase your productivity? I’d love to read your comments below …

About Andrew Roberts

Andrew is well known as one of Australia’s leading business mentors, is a Strategic Business specialist, and has been known to work his own magic with a host of companies featured in various Top 100 BRW lists. Andrew has gone from running one of the largest business coaching companies in Australia to focusing on specialists and leaders of various industries.

  • Hi Andrew,

    Thank you for the reminder. I tend to get busy being busy, then you end up being really active, whilst loosing sight of what is really important.


  • Rupant Mail

    Andrew Thanks for the great Tips!!! Doing annual planning first time…this helped me a lot to develop the basic idea of annual planning!! Keep up the good work!! Best!!

  • L Mitchell

    EXCELLENT! Gonna create a clear 12 90 1 1 in the morning when i wake up at
    8:ooam, its scheduled!

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