Monday, January 1, 2024

How to Plan the New Year with Your Husband

If you and your husband like to plan, you might want to make it a tradition to plan your new year together.

My husband and I always like to do this every year and it helps us to address the important things and set a course when life can get busy.


  • you are moving forward together
  • you can support one another
  • you can pray for one another
  • you are united in what you see for the future for your family


You can do it anywhere--we definitely have! Sometimes we will sit for hours and talk and other times it can be quick and to the point depending on the day and the season of life we are in. Here are some ideas of where you can plan:

  • at home on a comfy couch
  • in a coffee shop
  • a restaurant
  • on a getaway at a hotel


  • a pencil or pen
  • a planner or paper to take notes
  • your phone if you like to put your notes there instead


This is where it is fun to discuss and brainstorm all the while helping you to grow closer together as a couple. Some topics include

  • your marriage
  • goals with your children (character, educational, physical & more)
  • health and exercise
  • home projects
  • ministry
  • vacations
  • finances
  • spiritual goals
  • dreams
  • recreational


  • don't get upset if your husband isn't as into as you are, some men approach goal making simply and aren't into making long lists
  • pray about what kinds of goals and don't rush into any foolish decisions
  • the point is to get on the same page and grow closer as a couple not how many things you can write down 
  • listen to your husband's heart and pray for him (it is not easy to be the leader of a home so do your best to support him--he needs you!)

You can find some NEW pretty planners for 2024 HERE! 

Do you plan the new year with your husband?

What would you add to this list?

Please share them in the comments below!

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Anonymous said...

I would love to see some examples from people who have done this. My husband approached me with the idea of setting aside a weekend to just get away and plan out our year... unfortunately with 4 kids and ministry, getting away is a bit more complicated lol. We are going to use the first weekend in February to do this but I would love some extra inspiration. This post actually served as confirmation for me that God wants us to do this. ♡

June Fuentes @ A Wise Woman Builds Her Home said...

Dear Anonymous,

So glad it was a confirmation for you--hope you and your husband get a chance to try it out!

Anonymous said...

I need advice on how to encourage my husband to want to set goals. He seems to have no desire to have any goals or vision. I crave it. Prayer of course but what else?

Phyllis Sather said...

This was so important to us that we wrote a book about it. We've done this since 1996. In 2007 my husband asked me to put this into a format so we could share it with others since we received so many questions when we talked about our planning weekend.

This is the result. It's been edited several times since then.

What a thrill it was when our son got married and asked for a copy to take on their honeymoon. He wanted to get started right away.


McLayChalet and Canadian Bible Art Journaling said...

If you search “The Art of Manliness planning” there may be an article or two there that speak to him. :)


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