The Year Ahead For Planning

The Year Ahead For Planning

The Year Ahead For Planning

If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.

Jim Rohn

The holiday season arrived and disappeared in a flash. Now that it is behind us, and you’ve settled in to the New Year and winter routine, you have the expanse of the next twelve months to envision exactly what it is you are dreaming of and planning for your family and yourself.

The process of planning and goal setting, whether it is personal development, financial goals, moving or upgrading and renovating your house and property – the exercise sets in motion the power of the imagination, which could be a good way to stretch yourself creatively in envisioning new possibilities for your life, family and home. What will that look and feel like both for your short and long-term benefits?

Planning with the entire family’s considerations in mind can be complex and multi-dimensional. To avoid any stress it is always advisable to create space between projects – take one step at a time.

Here is a list of questions to guide you to find the solutions and impetus to move ahead with home renovations, or putting your house on the market in order to move to a new location, or a smaller or larger home.

  1. Will your children be moving schools in the autumn? Will you stay in the same neighbourhood? Is their new school of choice in a different location? Is it feasible to stay where you are for the drive and commute if there is no bus system? When would you need to be moved by?
  2. Are you coming up for an employment adjustment or relocation with your work? What does that mean for you and your family? How does it affect your current location? Do you have to move to a new city? What is the timeline? What would you have to do to have your house prepared to have it listed on the market for sale? Who will you choose to support you in that process?
  3. When was the last time your house was updated? Which rooms in the house are priorities? Are you looking to enjoy the long-term benefits of your renovations, or are you thinking of the resale value of the upgrades because you are considering moving within the year? How many projects will you tackle and in what time frame? What are the latest trends and how can you incorporate them into your upgrades? Who would you contract to do the work?
  4. Have your children left home and you no longer need a large home and property to care for? What effect does your travel plans and retirement have on the home you wish to move to at this time and for the future?
  5. Do you have an elderly parent who is ready to move to a residential home? What is the timeline to have them moved and settled? What work needs to be done to the family home to prepare it for the market? And who could help with all the decluttering and dispersal of items and furnishings no longer required?
  6. Financial considerations and obligations will determine the extent of your projects. How much is in your budget for renovations? How do you prioritize your real estate and renovation decisions based on budget? Who can you work with to fine-tune your goals, plans and projects?
  7. Tracking the process and manifestation of your goals and dreams is not only rewarding – it satisfies that part of you that enjoys the fulfillment and challenge for beneficial results; is less stressful and makes for good structure and timeliness in flow and ease.
  8. People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Year Ahead For Planning
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