Update 1/19/19: We have a winner! Congratulations to Carolyn F. who won by her entry of subscribing to this blog! 🙂
I’m a little late getting these free New Year goodies posted, but better late than never! 🙂
Just so you don’t miss it, I’m also doing a print copy giveaway of one of the Miller’s Creek novels at the end of this post!
Now back to the other freebies.
The reason I’m late with getting these posted is because I’m late in doing my own new year planning. And no, these aren’t resolutions, as explained in the last blog post.
I hope these free new year downloads are useful to you.
I’ve opted to make them available as individual downloads rather than one big file because:
- Most of you won’t want all of these. This allows you to pick and choose.
- It will also save printer ink for those who decide to print them out.
- Did I mention that huge files are a beast to compile and add to the website? Yeah…
Here you go!
Free New Year Downloads
First off, my new and updated calendar. What I really love about this calendar is that I’ve added this scripture to the bottom:
“So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”
Even in the short time I’ve used the calendar, the verse has reminded me to focus on what’s truly important.
I have it for you in PDF format.
monthly calendar (PDF)
Spiritual Journal Page
I’m personally using this document a little differently this year.
Rather than print one out for each day, I added some blank notebook paper behind the copy I printed out. It serves as a guide so I know what to write down.
This one is only available in Microsoft Word format. (Warning: I own the 2003 dinosaur version. so I hope it doesn’t cause problems for those of you with newer versions… )
For those of you who might want a shorter version, here’s one that gives you two days on one page, again the dino-version.
And I’m committing to keeping a prayer list this year. While this document has some of my prayer requests listed (along with pertinent scripture references), I think they might fit most folks.
Bible Reading Plans
I know that I stated in the last post that I wasn’t going to create downloads for Bible Reading plans this year. But as I was cleaning out computer files (one of my goals for January!), I found some that needed only minor tweaking.
Here they are. Don’t forget that I listed several others near the bottom of the last blog post.
One of the best ways I’ve found of forming helpful habits is to use this handy checklist.
You fill-in-the-blanks across the top of the chart with the actions you want to turn into habits.
Some of mine are: drink more water, cut out sugar, exercise daily…well, you get the idea.
Annual Dream Sheet and Review Form
I find this form helpful for organizing my thoughts before I start setting goals.
What I love most about this planning page is that it reminds me to seek God first. I want any of my dreams and plans to be His dreams and plans for me.
Another helpful tool I use before starting my annual planning is a review form. This sheet is very versatile and can be used throughout the year to check your progress.
Annual Planning Calendar
After I write out what I hope to accomplish in 2019, I use this form to plan it out by month.
This helps me with my tendency to over-program myself.
I try to only work on three goals each month, and I prioritize them so I can focus first on what’s most important.
I once read that the reason most resolutions don’t work is because humans aren’t really wired for long-range goals. The distance between us and our desired outcome is so great that we either procrastinate or lose interest.
Ninety days is about the furthest we can truly stay focused on a goal.
That’s what prompted me to create the Quarterly Goals sheet.
Although there are slots for twenty goals, I try to keep mine to about nine (or three each month, as explained above).
In the past, I’ve used a Monthly Goals form, but this year I’ve opted to leave it out and move straight to the Weekly Goals. But since some of you might want to use it, I’m offering it here.
I have a couple of weekly forms that I use, though I’ve never used both together. Hope at least one of these works for you!
I’ve also used this Weekly Schedule form in the past, but have since opted to use the Daily Plan form instead. Here it is, just in case it works for you.
Daily Goals and Plans
From the Annual Planning Calendar and Quarterly Goals form, I use the Daily Goals sheet to break down my big goals into smaller sub-goals.
For example, when I’m working on writing a new Miller’s Creek novel, examples of sub-goals might include:
- write 2,000 words on Tuesday
- edit the first scene by the end of the week
- create 3 book cover ideas for readers to choose between
I use the Daily Plan sheet to get even more specific and map out my day.
We all get off track from time to time, and I’ve found that this document is a good way to re-orient myself and get back on course.
Free New Year Downloads Wrap-Up
I hope that at least some of these free new year downloads are helpful to y’all.
Over the next few weeks, I hope to add more beginning-of-the-year type posts, including finding our life purpose, knowing (and doing!) God’s will, hearing God’s voice, and decision-making for believers, along with some Bible study and research I’ve done on planning and goal-setting.
Have fun with your New Year planning!