Let’s Plan & Smash Goals Together
Whether we are ready or not 2018 is coming to an end….like in two weeks!! Year after year people across the globe set New Year resolutions only for 80% to have failed by March. Such alarming statistics suggest we aren’t doing something right!!
Personally, I do not set resolutions. I tend to shy away from opportunities to fail. Each year I set a word to focus my life around. This year is no different with the exception of setting goals and planning them out. Yup, I am going to attempt planning 12 months in advance, kind of (commitment issues), and so are you!
A blank slate can present opportunity or it can stir up fear. Some writers struggle with the intimidating blank screen while the artist does so with a blank canvass. Similar to them, staring at a blank 12-month calendar can be overwhelming! Honestly, it is unrealistic to think you can plan a whole year in advance. Life doesn’t happen that way. Twists and turns are thrown in the mix, sports schedules are not available, and the dance recital is scheduled two months prior.
Having the tendency to complicate things, I figure we will go all out and keep it simple in 2019. I hear this phrase often but have yet put action to it. But..for 2019, it’s a plan! 😉
If you think to yourself “ I don’t have time to plan”, stop that negativity right now!! Set aside an hour or two a week and set yourself up for success. I choose Monday as my day for planning. It is my day off and the beginning of my week. Have you decided on yours? Decide already…
What goes into planning?
Planning, as a role in my life, can be described as no other than a pain in the ass. It seems that something pops up that I hadn’t planned disrupting the flow of my day. What I have come to realize is that in order for planning to work, it must be customized to your lifestyle. Buying a planner meant for entrepreneurs does nothing for someone without a business.
Customizing a plan of how to plan may be a bit extraordinaire but we are going to do it anyway because we are … learning. Starting at the beginning is intimidating for all of us especially if you have attempted before and consider it a fail. We will not look at it that way. These suggestions will help us break our life into parts that we can easily manage by using a customized planning system. But before we dive into that, here are three important things to keep in mind while we plan to plan 🙂
3 Ways to Simplify Planning and Goal Setting
- Be realistic
- Be honest with yourself
- Keep it simple
Setting realistic goals contributes to your success rate. Unrealistic goal setting will stress you out or have you throwing in the towel altogether. In order to set realistic goals, you must have a realistic plan. The two go hand in hand. My recommendation is to set your goals first so you can break them down into months and further break those down to segments. I’ll explain.
Set 3 goals that you wish to achieve
Randomly, assign each goal four months
Now let’s do a little math. By using the 12 months as our denominator we will divide by 3 and get 4. What is the purpose in this? We have broken our goals into months. The months under a goal are the months you work toward that particular goal. Next break it down to segments. Segment will be mini monthly goals. Do not set more than four goals each month.
Were you able to follow along? My explanation may not have been presented in a way that is understandable for you but hang tight. If it does not make any sense by the end of this post, then we can do something different for you.
Be Honest with Yourself
This part is critical when planning. Do not set aside three hours for exercise if you have never exercised a day in your life. That is wasted space and when it isn’t accomplished you will feel the wrath of failure and quit. We ain’t got time for that boo.
Since we are being honest, I lie to myself alllll the time. This area will require the most work from me. I like to plan a 30 hour day. See how that doesn’t work? I can hear it now, “ Candace, aren’t realistic and being honest with yourself the same?”, and to that I respond “no”.
The difference is that Amy’s customized plan is realistic for her but can you say, honestly, that it will work for you? If you are still confused read on.
Keep it Simple
“Wow Candace this whole post has been anything but simple!!”, well, I tried but I am learning as we go. The idea belongs to me but the concept requires “we”. There will be a drawing of me trying to get what is in my head out on “paper”, wait until you see that. Lol
Keeping it simple will require us not to overthink our decisions and continue to work towards our achievable goals. Implementing this process will take practice and the only thing that gives us room for practice is time. We cannot rush ourselves. We try it one way and if that doesn’t work, we try something else. It may take us a year to find our individual planning system but the beauty of this is we have each other to bounce ideas and suggestions off of.
If you are on the outside looking in your perspective isn’t necessarily better than my own, it offers another way of approaching my situation. Make any sense? Does any of this make sense??
Here goes nothing.
- If you are tired of winging life and would like to join along in an effort to become more organized, These post will be for you.
- If you don’t mind that your fearless leader doesn’t know exactly what she is doing, you are encouraged to pipe in and help a sister out.
- If you are interested in discovering the customized plan that works for you plus have the patience to develop it, you are the person we need.
- If you want to watch us fail and get back up, getta’ life and get outta here!!!
Perhaps the word I have been feeling around for is accountability partner. That sounds doable but of course that term would be tweaked a bit because more will go into it. Like, exchanging emails, sharing ideas and embarrassing yourself by being completely 100% honest about falling flat on your face.
If all or any of this sounds interesting to you, comment I, and look for future posts titled When I Becomes We.
We aren’t meant to go at this thing called life alone and since we have the internet and none of us are having to physically get out of our comfort zones, we should take advantage of each others online presence, right?! Makes sense to me but we all know by now my sense meter is a little off.
Just like with everything I am going to do in 2019, I am just putting it out there. Eventually something will come of it.
Toodles ~ Candace
Don’t you dare laugh at my messy example. I normally would never post something as ugly as this but it is what it is, a rough sketch example. If this adds to your confusion, I am sorry. This isn’t an in-depth example, it is a brief example of how the idea began.