Posted on 20 January, 2020

How to Design Your Year for Success

By Jacob Andreae in How-to, Health, Fitness, Exercise, Lifestyle, Mindset, Performance, Success, Sports, Time Management How to Design Your Year for Success

So, after a crappy 2019; one which provided so much hope at this time of year, only to fizzle like a dud firecracker and disappoint like January 1, 2000 — what happened to that Y2K bug? — in fact, what happened to flying Jetson’s cars on January 1, 2020? Anyway, in spite of that disappointment 😜 if you’re optimistic that 2020 is going to be your year, here’s how you can plan your year for success.

For several years now, I’ve been designing my year for success. Of course, you can’t control everything, and sometimes things happen that are beyond your control. When this happens, you have to be able to adapt. The most successful people are the ones that can pick themselves up quickly, adapt, and move forward. With a plan, this can be achieved much more quickly and easily.

The body simply can’t be ‘up’ all the time.

Most people fail simply because they fail to plan. It’s that simple. When you have a big, overarching outcome in mind, and a plan for how to get there, along with surrounding yourself with the right people, you give yourself every chance of success. You don’t guarantee success. You can never do that. But you can give yourself the best opportunity. And even if you don’t hit the target you desire, you land in a place of amazing beauty.

How to Design Your Year for Success

Divide your year up. This is probably a carry-over of my time as a teacher, but personally I love how the school year is broken up for work-life balance. I divide my year up into quarters. Inside each quarter is ten weeks of work.

When I refer to work, I’m not just referring to your job; I’m referring to everything you do as part of your everyday routine, and this includes your health and fitness.

With ten weeks of work, I take a 2-week break. This break allows me to rest and rejuvenate. It gives me permission to do nothing if I want to and not feel guilty about it.

These four 12-week blocks equate to 48 weeks in total. That leaves four weeks left-over. I add these four weeks to the end of the year and have a bit of fun with them however I see fit based on how the year pans out.

Sometimes I divide them into two 2-week blocks (one before Christmas and one after), and sometimes I keep them together for a single 4-week block.

The idea of breaking your year up into quarters comes from my time in sport, whereby you would periodise an athletes training program to incorporate macro, meso and micro cycles, in order to vary the workload, and ultimately, achieve more, while minimising the risk for injury, fatigue and burnout. 

This is best practice for athletic performance. But, even general fitness should follow this training structure. The body simply can’t be ‘up’ all the time. Even these 10-week blocks of ‘work’ are periodised into light, medium and heavy weeks.

To give yourself the best chance of success in 2020, plan ahead and divide your year up. Start by scheduling your rest periods — the times you want to take off throughout the year — then fit your periods of work in and around these. Within each work period, identify when you can work a bit harder and when you can go a bit easier.

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How do you currently plan your year? If you don’t plan your year out ahead of time, how can you use this to do so in 2020? 

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About Jacob Andreae

About Jacob Andreae

I write and speak about Fitness, Nutrition and Mindset. 

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