I was speaking with a client of mine last night. She was telling me that she was so frustrated and overwhelmed with her planning for 2018. She became confused with all the different aspects of her life coming together in her plans. Her personal, financial, spiritual and business goals were all together in the same plan.
I used to do this religiously every year. Like many ambitious boss babes, you want to accomplish every goal in the SMART way. So many experts teach on it. But what is even more important than setting goals in that specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely way, is setting the goals in a smart way. What do I mean? Don’t set ALL your goals together. Separate and compartmentalize your goals in different classes.
What to do
- Get more than one notebook or journal. Ideally about five books. Try to get them in different colours or styles.
- Think about what aspects of your life you want to plan. Do you want to plan your finances. Then label one of your notebooks or journals “MY FINANCIAL PLAN FOR 2018”. You may want to plan your social media on a monthly basis. Then have a special notebook as your “SOCIAL MEDIA PLANNER”. What about personal development? Then have a small notebook that projects the courses you would take, books you would read, and even the retreats you plan to attend.
- Take about 2 hours for each notebook or journal. If you need more time, by all means, take as long as you need in a day to complete your planning. Each aspect will have to be approached in a different way to ensure you have the right tools and resources to be effective.
- You should now have about 4 – 5 different plans in the end. Each plan will have different needs that would be accomplished at different days, and different times of the day. Take one bullet from each plan and set your daily schedule. You can even have one final notebook for your Daily Intentions.
- Try not to have more than 4 items on your agenda to accomplish in any one day. Your chances of accomplishing that goal will decrease if you do that.
- Check off what you have accomplished.
At the end of the week, go over your Daily Intentions book, and see how well you did. If you still did not accomplish one or more of your goals, you need to become a bit more disciplined. Overall, you should at least accomplish 3 – 4 items on your list daily. That way, you will have attended to 3 – 4 aspects of your life on any given day. Having a well rounded life means planning smart and working on the different areas of your life strategically.