How to Plan a Great Year
Make a list.
Have 35 items on that list. Have those 35 items be financial, personal, professional, and physical goals you want to achieve in a year.
Realize that a lot of those goals will happen anyway, without being listed, or are already in progress.
Decide that the satisfaction of crossing off those certainties doesn't compare to the satisfaction of having a more simple, manageable list.
Decide you really like being able to see that whole list without having to scroll down or flip the page.
Cut your yearly goal list down to 15 items.
Create a 101 in 1001 list, because you do really want to cross off those certainties or in-progress items anyway.
Migrate your 30 x 30 list into your 101 in 1001 list, effectively slashing your time to accomplish those remaining 30 items by a year.
Tag your 101 in 1001 list with items that are also on your 2016 goal list, because if it isn't a color-coded list, it's a useless list.
Create an additional document that itemizes every single thing you can anticipate in the next 12 months.
Color code this list too. Red is for hopeful, orange is for probable, black is for definite.
Assess your monthly budget. Make a copy for each month of the new year.
Decide to format something differently in your January budget. Have to duplicate the new budget 11 more times.
Do this again. Two more times.
Create a spreadsheet for your races and mileage in 2016. Try to plan two pre-training training plans.
Decide to make another list that breaks things down only slightly differently.
Realize you're being ridiculous and delete this list.
Repeat at least once more.
Take five deep breaths.
Decide to plan your year by quarters instead.
Realize that the last two years were incredible and life-changing in so many ways. Think about what percentage of those life-changing events were planned in advance, and which ones came to be organically and with the help of the people and experiences that enrich your life.
Decide to relax, as best you can, and look forward to what already promises to be a great year.