28 Questions to Ask Yourself As You Plan Your Year (and Some Free Forms!)

As we start this year, each of us is in different circumstances. I rebel against anyone with a “one size fits all” plan that works for everybody. Each of us has a different approach to life and planning. As I do my planning, I spend time learning from others. You can also plan your year in a new way as I share what I do.

Over the past twenty years, I've created an annual planning system that works well for me. For the first time, I've put together a podcast sharing how I plan my year, along with some free forms, you can use to plan your year.

In this podcast, I include:

  • 28+ questions I ask myself each year.
  • How I used two one-page forms to review last year, and I plan to change everything this year.
  • A “time budgeting” spreadsheet that helps me make a big-picture time budget for the year.

I also describe how I modify and improve my plan for the year as I grapple with life's hard questions. You can download these forms at www.coolcatteacher.com/annualplan. I will also send these to subscribers in my following newsletter after the release of this show.

😊 NOTE: Please forgive me. As I relistened to the show, I realized I got confused on some of my question numbering. I have included all my questions with the correct numbering on today's show's free handouts. The numbers are correct there! 

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This week's show

People often ask me how I plan my year and get so much done. In this episode, I'm sharing how and giving you access to the forms I use. 

If you wonder about my context, I'm a busy mom of three (two are out of the house now, yippee!), a 21-year classroom teacher, author, blogger, podcaster, speaker, children's and adult teacher at church, and I sing in the choir. Oh, and I make homemade sourdough cinnamon rolls that my friends and family enjoy and workout five times a week. In 2022, I learned to walk again, literally. I've learned so much through hardships and heartache, but the best thing is finding joy in the journey, spiritual peace, and time with those I love most. I hope this show also helps you do that—blessings to you, dear listener.

I look forward to hearing from you!



For this show, I did not provide a transcript. If you are interested in an automatically generated one, please email me at vicki at cool cat teacher dot com. 

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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