There are two times of the year I think of new beginnings: the fall with the start of school and January, the start of a new year. During both of these seasons I spend a little extra time thinking about my upcoming plans and goals. Do you have plans and goals for yourself and your family? Have you written them down and planned them out? I believe we want to create a beautiful life for our families but often life gets in the way. One of the best ways to make goals and vision for your family a reality is to use a paper planner. Today I am sharing the first baby step for family vision planning. So how does a planner fit into creating a beautiful life for your family?
First you need to spend a few moments in prayer or reflection. If you could envision your family one year from now, what images would you see? Would it be of laughter and playing together? Possibly being together by taking weekend trips together? Is it being a closer-knit family with less arguing? Being active outdoors together? Talk with your spouse and children, what are their wishes for the family a year from now? Taking everyone’s input is crucial for the family vision planning. The goal is not to create a perfect family but intentionally plan your family’s time to add to their character and wellbeing.
Plan it out
You will need to add those activities which bring you closer to your family vision and remove others that will keep your family from growing. For example if you wish your family to be closer-knit or active outdoors yet they are have hours of daily screen time, something needs to change. You will need to write in your planner “family fun nite” or schedule family bike rides or walks. Usually to cause change in our family we need to remove one habit or activity and add another. Here is another example, if your family wants to be healthier then healthy meals and meal planning should be added to your planner and junk food removed from your pantry.
I personally have gone through this exercise of vision planning with our family and found it very helpful to create change. We have created family traditions and grown closer by incorporating family movie night and family fun night. Cable TV and eating out are a some of the activities we have stopped or trimmed down. This is only an introduction on vision planning, more to come in the future. If you would like detailed resources right away check out Lifeway and the Art of Manliness (this is a great one for men!) for ideas.
Side note, if you feel you have lost yourself over time and can’t even think about future planning for your family, I suggest checking out my post Truly Me. Sometimes we need to spend time in the restoration of our hearts before we can plan and focus on others, such as our family.
If you are searching for the right planner or your current planner is not working, I have another great resource for you. Check out the Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Planner. This guide will take you through step by step to find your planner.
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