Are You Planning Your Future or Just Letting Life Happen?
Spending an hour each week to map out your schedule is not a lot of time. Remember we all get 168 hours each week to “Create Your Best Future.” The fraction of time you spend mapping out your goals and activities each week can turn a mediocre life into the life you envisioned.
Life begins when you have a plan!
Planning isn’t hard but it is something you need to start adding to your routine to make it a habit. When done consistently, planning will eventually become second nature to you. The first month or so will seem like a challenge but once you stop fighting the process and start looking at the benefits, you’ll wish you had started a long time ago.
To get you going, there are three very important questions you need to ask yourself.
- What do I want to accomplish?
- Why do I want to accomplish these goals?
- What resources will I need?
These three questions will help you determine what goals you’re going to work on while also providing a reference point to focus on each day. The questions will let you know right away if somethings not part of your larger plan, allowing you to time to reevaluate and dive deeper. Last, you will be able to list out the resources you will need to make things happen.
Also, when answering these three questions, please make sure you’re focusing on the four important areas of your life.
- Mind & Body
- Family & Friends
- Career & Business
- Financial Abundance
After you determined your goals, you need to start creating your blueprint and start taking action.
Why do you need a life blueprint?
To explain it best, here’s the definition.
A blueprint is a guide for making something — it’s a design or pattern that can be followed…. Draw up a blueprint and follow the design carefully. The literal meaning of a blueprint is a paper with plans for a building printed on it.
Your building is your future. You cannot start “Creating Your Best Life” without your plan or blueprint.
Here are some simple steps to planning.
- Determine all the goals you want to accomplish.
- Place a time limit next to each goal; 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years, etc.
- If you have goals that are more than three months, separate your goals into a 90-day plan. What small things can you do in month one, two and three to reach the main goal?
- Separate your monthly goals into the next 4 weeks. Remember, one month at a time.
- Next you need to create your weekly goals and daily activities.
Don’t forget, to reach any goal you have to put ACTION behind it, otherwise, they’re just words.
If your starting to feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath and remember this, you’re only working one month at a time but moving towards accomplishing your 90-day plan. Then you can start working on the next 90 days. Before you know it, you’re celebrating completing one or all of your big dreams.
To help you with this process we have a few tools you can use in “Creating Your Best Future” toolbox. We have a FREE workbook that will help you get started creating and accomplishing your goals 30 days at a time. Just click the link below.
If you’re still feeling frustrated, schedule a Discovery Call with me. I also, created a six-week program called Designing Your Productivity Blueprint where I work with female entrepreneurs to help them strategize their schedules like they have their own executive assistant.
There are a couple more tips I want to share with you when it comes to goal setting and planning. These suggestions are in no particular order but are highly recommended.
- Be open and honest with yourself about your goals.
- Take it one step at a time.
- Progress not perfection.
- Be flexible with yourself and your plans.
- Celebrate the small wins.
- Get an accountability buddy.
- Most of all ENJOY the process. Let me say that again, ENJOY the process!
Remember to get the future you want, you have to be intentional about your plan!!
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Have an amazing day and year!!
Angelica G Miller