Planning to Succeed in 2014

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Today is the day. The day I plan my success for 2014. The day I set all my appointments for the year to the hair salon, nail salon, doctors, dentist and the like. Then I put in time for family, friends, organizing, vacations for the entire year and then there’s the business obligations. And though it may be hard to believe, my 2014 is already about 90% booked in the way of work and work travel committments.

I also set my weekly schedule for exercise, yoga, meals and meditation for at least 6 months out. Ok, I am a little be anal with my scheduling. And you may think that living like this is just too much.


But I beg to differ. I firmly believe that the reason that I accomplish so much in my life and also the reason I am happier than most people, is because I plan and I organize my life. And yes, I leave “holes” in my schedule for spontaneous things or laying around with my daughter and watching movies. I am not a machine, but my life runs like a well-oiled one. And that actually brings me less stress and more satisfaction.


Planning and scheduling allows me to add in new things to my life, like more vacation. And it allows me to plan in the work and revenue streams to pay for the vacation. In fact, this year with the packed but VERY EXCITING business schedule I am keeping, I am taking a minimum of 4 weeks of vacation including a 2 week stint at the beach and I will actually probably take 5 full weeks for the year and another week’s worth in single days here and there that I am taking off with my daughter and my husband for long weekends at the River or the Lake.

So though I consider myself a work-a-holic in many ways, I take more vacation than most people I know. You can’t work this hard year after year and not replenish yourself and spend time with family if you want everyone to be healthy and happy.

And if I didn’t plan my vacations 6 months to a year in advance including paying a deposit on them so I can’t change my mind, I would never really take them. I would come up with one million excuses when the time came for why I can’t afford to be away.


And I don’t know about you, but to do all the things I am committed to doing in my life, I prefer to be as efficient as possible, so if planning now saves work later, I’m all in! Are you?


So just like this pretty pic above, I am hunkered down with my Mac, my planner, and a cup of Starbucks planning my success for 2014.

What about you? Do you have any habits, practices, or rituals you use to plan your schedule and ultimately your success for each new year? If so, leave me a comment and tell me all about it. I am always open for new tips and techniques for making my new year better than ever.

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3 Responses to Planning to Succeed in 2014

  1. franki says:

    “Back in the day” I MOST certainly did! I even planned my driving routes so I wouldn’t “double back,” it was a challenge in itself! :) franki

  2. I used to be a big planner, though never as much as you are. Trying to get back to that, We haven’t had a vacay in 5 years…my trips to Design Camp and High point sort of did that for me…It’s finding clients to pay me so I can get the money to vacay…tired of people calling and saying I want to do so and so, we set a date to meet/talk – no money talk at that point – and they never call again.

  3. Denese Bottrell says:

    Hi Tobi, i really needed this reminder of the power of vigilant scheduling…i’m booking all my appointments for the year and setting my daily groove to include the basics that make me feel good. i’m intrigued how you do this with menu planning. do you block out “planning” time each week to plan what you’re going to eat or do you have a simple meal rotation you follow? thanks for all you do. always love your New Year (and life) posts :)

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