Happy New YearWe are 30 minutes away from 2013 in Bangkok – 3 and a half hours from the New Year in South Sudan – and 12.5 hours from turning the page on 2012 in rural Missouri.

That means, we don’t have much time left on “Make Up Your Mind Day” – the lesser-known title of New Year’s Eve. 🙂

Have you carved out some time yet to look ahead and make up your mind about what you’d like to see in 2013? Next year, how will you intentionally invest in the relationships dearest to you? How will you use your time to more effectively reflect and enhance what you value?

Today, I’m taking some time to write out these things on paper. In case you haven’t done that yet and don’t have any idea where to start, here are a few ideas:

1. Write down life categories.
How did you spend your time in 2012? On a blank piece of paper, write down the main categories of the life you lived last year.

2. Examine Priorities
What do you value most? What do you live for? Are there any long term goals you’ve been working toward? Write a value-ordered list of your priorities. If you’ve ever asked and answered the question, “What is my purpose in life?” – write out that purpose statement, too, as a reminder of your life mission.

3. Set Direction
Now that you’re staring your life categories and priorities in the face, get honest and ask yourself if your life and values are in sync. Is how you’re living lining up with why you’re living? Do you need to budget your time, money, and mental energy differently in 2013 to accurately reflect your priorities and life mission? Draw or write out as simply as possible a representation of the changes you’d like to see in your life next year. Then, make a new list of life categories for the year ahead.

4. List Measurable Goals
Finally, under your different categories, write up the tangible goals that you’d like to work toward in 2013. Maybe you can see the first step toward that goal. Write that down too! And then plug it into your new calendar or to-do list. 🙂

(Two tips for this process – start small. If you make your goals too wide or too big, you’ll miss them and feel discouraged. But, if you make bite-sized steps to a large goal, you’ll go farther. And remember- stay focused. Keep your goals in line with your priorities. A lot of things we spend our time on don’t really matter to us at the end of the day. Let the little things go – and focus on the things that truly matter.)

“What you will one day be, you are now becoming.” -Marilynn Meyers

Rock and roll 2013. Happy New Year! 🙂

About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

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