January is a great month to take stock and plan out your goals for the rest of the year - you’ve got the whole year ahead of you, and it’s too dark and cold outside to do anything else. This week, we’re looking at tips and ideas for planning your 2013:
It’s easy to think about a “clean slate” when planning out a new year, but according to this article, our brains actually rely on past memories to form projections of the future. So if you’re struggling with a blank piece of paper and need inspiration, consider taking a trip down memory lane to get your planning session started.
When you start jotting down your goals for this year, think about using the well-known S.M.A.R.T framework to get the most out of them. “Smart” goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound, which not only helps you pin down exactly what you want, but exactly how you’ll keep track of your progress. There’s even an app that manages your smart goals for you.
A new year means a fresh new calendar, and even if you already have a digital version, it will be hard to resist some of the choices on this “Best 2013 Calendars” list. Our personal favourite is the bubble-wrap calendar, but you might also like the unravelling calendar that disappears by the end of the year, or the giant yearly wall planner for serious big-picture planning.
Finally, FreeAgent users who want to look forward should check out Float, the cash flow forecasting app. Float connects to FreeAgent to help you identify potential issues or any seasonability in your business. If you’ve never done cash flow forecasting before, this blog post from Float will help you get started.
So, what are your plans for 2013? Any big goals that you’re already plotting? Let us know in the comments, or tell us on Twitter! Have a great weekend and happy planning!