Fri. Mar 5th, 2021

The year 2020 will go down in history. And not for reasons we will fondly look back on.

It felt like we were in some horrible thriller movie where we shout at protagonists not to go out. And yet, they still go out knowing the dangers that lie ahead.

What a year 2020 has been.

And now, finally, we face a brand new one. And hopefully with renewed hope and energy. But how do you start planning for a year that is still full of uncertainty?

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that plans can be wrecked. And yet, we have to move forward. That said, here are a few tips on how to plan for 2021 despite the uncertainties.

Plan for 2021: Why Do You Still Need to Set Goals?

You, like many others, may have watched your 2020 plans crumble. Or maybe you have learned how to change course and adapt.

With the uncertainty that comes with this new beginning, it’s understandable to be a little apprehensive. But goal setting is still worth it.

“Why bother?” you ask in a little pessimistic tone.

Because goals help you stay on track. Think of it like a compass. With reasonable and achievable goals, you’ll know which direction to take.

Goals help you stay focused. So instead of overthinking and drowning in anxiety over things you can’t control, you can focus on things you can.

Most importantly, goals provide a sense of accomplishment. This will then boost dopamine, a chemical in your brain that makes you feel happy.

Remember, you only fail when you stop trying. So keep going. Even in a new world with plenty of restrictions, you can still set and achieve goals.

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Tips on How to Plan For 2021

Focus on Reality

The key is staying grounded. This means adjusting your goals and expectations to reflect your current reality.

So as you plan for 2021, set goals that are not entirely dependent on getting COVID-19 under control. Why? Because it’s something that’s out of your hand.

Here’s a tip: Set SMART goals

Specific: What do you want to accomplish? Your goals need to be specific and clear. In doing so, you can plan and focus on the direction you’re going.

Measurable: Your goals must also be measurable. This way, you can track your progress and determine your success. So consider creating steps or a series of tasks to keep track of your progress.

Achievable: Focus on reality. Make sure that your goals are achievable in your current situation. While there’s nothing wrong with visualizing the best outcome, it’s still a good idea to ground it in reality. In doing so, you can move forward with confidence.

Relevant: Your goals must be in line with different areas of your life. Whether it’s a personal, professional, or business goal, other aspects of your life must align with it.

Timely: It’s best to create a timeline or a schedule. Set a list of tasks, create reminders, or use sticky notes. This will help you keep things organized and stay on track.

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Leave Room in Your Budget

One of the things that the year 2020 has taught us is that we can’t YOLO our way through life. Meaning we need to save. We need to have enough budget for when life throws us a curveball.

That said, as you plan for 2021, keep your savings and budget in mind.

Leave a good amount for emergencies. Think of it like an emergency fund. You need to have extra for unknown expenses. In doing so, you have enough to cushion the blow. So even when you have unexpected expenses or your income becomes unstable, you won’t be constantly stressed about it.

Hire a Coach or Counselor

With all the stress and anxiety the previous year has brought us, it’ll be a miracle if your mental health is still stable. So if you think that you need extra support, consider hiring a counselor.

There’s no shame in seeking help. Most of all, you shouldn’t feel guilty for needing mental care. Your mental health is as important as your physical health. So, if you feel like your anxiety or sadness are too much to bear, seek help just like you would seek a doctor when you’re in physical pain.

On the other hand, if you’re thinking of growing your business or career, hire a coach. This way, you won’t have to do everything alone. They can provide direction and will help keep your focus on your goals.

Be Ready To Adapt

If there’s anything we should take away from 2020, it’s learning how to adapt quickly.

2021 may be filled with uncertainty. But it still signifies a new beginning. And if you’re willing to learn and try new things, you can take this year by the horns and make it yours.

Things will always change. Who knows what this year will bring? That’s why learning how to adapt will help you become more resilient. So give yourself grace. Allow your goals to be flexible while grounding them in reality.

Ready To Plan For 2021 And Start On The Right Path?

Don’t let the past stop you from looking forward to your future. No matter how uncertain this year may be, there are things you can control.

The key is to find balance. Set goals that are within your control yet can still make you feel excited about achieving them. This way, you have something to look forward to.

So happy goal setting and may the odds be ever in your favor!