NYWe've just spent the last series of BLOG posts doing some Planning for the New Year exercises. Over this time we have looked at six steps for leading your own life. Each of these six simple steps can also be applied to your church, your ministry, your organisation or business, your family, as well as your career. You need to know God’s (1) mission and your (2) roles. You need to establish (3) goals and organise your (4) time. You need to put your plan into (5) action and finally you need to take regular time to (6) evaluate your progress.

I have found this type of template incredibly helpful in keeping my own life and ministry in balance and focused. It has helped me to view my life holistically and it also provides a filter that helps me know what to say “Yes” to and what to say “No” to. It also helps me to notice when I have drifted and to make appropriate corrections so I get back on track.

Let’s face it, you cannot do everything but you can do the few things for which God has placed you on the planet.

For those interesting in going a little deeper in the area of Life Planning, I recommend the following resources:

I hope you've enjoyed our discussion on Planning for the New Year. If you put the time in to follow the steps and the exercises, I believe that you will benefit greatly from it. In fact, it's worth doing at least once a year. Also, feel free to share this with your friends.

All the best for a fruitful year!