To know what I want my life to consist of is great, but yet again it is not enough. I need to break it down even further than I already have. It’s time to make a goal plan, because just simply starting and doing whatever has a history of not working hence that I am where I am. Let’s get to planning the rest of my life. Important side note I did only do this for the goals I wanted to accomplish in the next six months to a year, so not every goal on my life plan.
If you haven’t made your life plan yet, you can click here to see how I made mine. It makes the next part way easier.
For me, the best way to turn a goal into a plan is writing the plan out in dots. Somehow I find great satisfaction in being able to cross something off. I could use a check mark “✔️” but then it doesn’t feel accomplished enough. Anyways to have a dotted goal plan I need to actually make it, meaning I have I been to the craft shop once again to get my colorful supplies. I picked myself up the following:
- A3 Paper
- A4 Paper
- Colored Pens
Since working backwards worked so well when making my word web, I thought I’d do it again. Only difference is I’m not making a wordweb but a bulled goal plan. Since my life is organised chaos I decided to take a blank piece of paper and start writing. I wrote in the middle of an A4 paper the main goal, and around it started writing everything that came to mind that I have to do in order to accomplish my goal. When I was about done, I took the big to-do items and wrote them at the top of an A5 paper (I didn’t put this separately I just cut an A4 paper in half lengthwise).
I went to my main A3 and gave each big to-do their own color and all the ”little” to-do’s that are tied to the big ones got highlighted the same color in order to know what belongs to what. Once I color coded everything I made sure to transfer all the ”little” to-do’s to their appropriate A5 to slowly start organizing. Once everything was appropriately organised I took a step back to really look at the list to see if there was anything missing and add them.
Then it was time to fill in the details which is basically trying to define the goal to the nitty gritty to-do’s, such as needing to pick up a new notebook or call company XYZ. I did this per ”little” to-do on the backside of each paper. You can never have all details in place because as you start working you will realize what more you need and what can be skipped for example. the last step is to number your ”little” to-do to determine in what order they need to happen. For this step it is still true that sometimes the order gets messed up because well life.
Last but not least I made a pretty bullet list in my brand spanking new notebook. I used one or more pages per big goal and it’s ”little” to-do’s. I also left a blank page between each goal for future touch ups. The goal plan we made today is more for you to keep an organisation which feels logical, but in the end working logical is another thing so when things go south don’t keep holding on but adjust and see if there’s another aspect that can already be started or be finished. So that’s why I have the extra page to write adjustments.
Realizing all my dreams with my goal plan in one hand and my pen in the other.