Don’t Goal Plan the Rest of Your Year Away

What if you spent the rest of the year doing things instead of dream planning and goal setting and making lists for next year?

Megan Minutillo
Dec 14, 2019 · 3 min read
Photo by Alexa Williams on Unsplash

I love goal setting.

I love goal setting, and making lists, and making dream boards, and journaling, and writing things down that you want to happen, and finding ways to make those things happen, and bullet journals, and planning.

I love it, I really do.

But around this time of year, I find that we become so obsessed with the looming date of January 1st, and the next year that’s coming around the corner, that we throw out the last week and days of the year as if they were disposable.

As if they didn’t matter.

As if they weren’t useful anymore.


Time is a precious gift. It’s the one thing that we cannot buy, and it’s the one thing that we can never return, or take back or place on a shelf for safekeeping.

So why on earth would you squander away the time you have?

What if you spent the rest of the year doing things instead of dream planning and goal setting and making lists for next year?

I love goal setting, I really do.

But sometimes the planning of our goals can get in the way of bringing them to fruition.

What if you started putting your goals into action immediately, instead of writing them down in fancy journals or making pretty collages of vision boards? Cause really — what are you waiting for?

Now, let’s not get things confused. In life, there are plenty of things that take time — like planning to buy a home or a car, or save for that vacation that you want to take, or switch careers — or maybe it’s not about the time needed to save or prepare, but it’s more about the season of action. If you want to apply to graduate school, or college, or trade school, or something else that has an application process, you’re going to have to wait for the dates where people will accept your application.

By all means — plan for those goals. Planning in situations like that is wise and smart, and the responsible thing to do.

But if you’re looking to move your body more and work out more and eat better, you can start that right now. You don’t have to wait until January 2020 to eat more veggies and drink more water and walk around your block instead of binging on Netflix.

You don’t have to wait until 2020 to spend less money. You can start making coffee at home instead of going to your local coffee shop today. You can say no to the holiday sales, too. You can cook home, more. There’s plenty of ways to improve your relationship with money — and you can start working on that relationship today.

Do you want to write a book? Do you want to write a song? Or paint a portrait? Or take more photographs that make your heart happy? Start it now. There’s nothing magical about January 1st that will make those words flow any faster, or those notes come out of you any easier. A blank canvas needs paint. A lens needs someone behind it, too. If you keep waiting to create your art, you’re going to keep waiting for a very long time.

You don’t have to have to wait until 2020 to tell the ones you love how much you love them. Or much they mean to you. Or how grateful you are for their presence in your life.

Pick up the phone.

Send the text message.

Tell them right away.

You don’t have to wait until January 1st to start living the life you want.

You get to start now.

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