Design your Life with a PlanMelanie
Write down those goals
Studies have shown that when we take the time to write down our goals, we are much more likely (I’ve seen as much as 47% more likely) to accomplish them.
If you’re now in your 2nd Act, you may find yourself in an empty nest or facing an empty nest. Maybe you’ve diligently saved so that you can retire and spend more time doing things you want to do, rather than have to do. Maybe you’re not ready to completely retire and want to continue to earn an income, but doing something different then what you’ve done in your 1st Act.
When you look back at your 1st Act can you see where there were opportunities that you didn’t take because you were too afraid to go out on a limb, or other people’s desires for your life held you back?
Do you look back and are amazed how one day rolls into another and into another until a year has passed, and then another year?
NOW is the time to design your 2nd Act
If the thought of planning overwhelms you, but you know you want to take more control of your life to ensure you will look back and be proud that you did accomplish your dreams and lived your life to the fullest, keep reading.
Step by Step process to organize your goals
Take your time with this one, because this is your plan for the next 12 months.
Envision what you want your 2nd Act to look like a year from now, regardless of how difficult, or crazy it may sound. Just go with it.
How do you want your relationships, spiritual life, home environment, work-life, health, dietary intake, income, etc to look in 12 months?
Narrow all your thoughts into 10, or less, goals that you would like to accomplish over the next 12 months.
This does NOT have to be in January; anytime is a good time to start.
If you’ve been in a corporate environment, you may be familiar with the S.M.A.R.T. method of writing out your strategic goals. Maybe you’re a teacher and have to write these for your students, or maybe you’ve used this method in the past when planning your personal goals.
Specific: Well defined and clear goals.
Measurable: Specific criteria that are used to measure your progress
Attainable: Challenging enough so it’s growth, but also something you believe you can achieve
Relevant: Make sure the goal fits with your overall life purpose. It’s not based on what anyone else wants for you, but what you want based on your interests, passions, and desires
Timely: Is there an ending date?
Step 1 -Set Goal
Step 2 -SMART
|By 12/31/2020 I will have….|
|Goal 1. Optimal Health||BP 128/78, belly <33, cholesterol and BMI in normal range|
|Goal 2. Family||6 trips out of state to visit family, monthly parent visits|
|Goal 3. Vacation||Consecutive 2 weeks away on vacation|
|Goal 4. Read 24 Books||At least: 2 history, 4 NY Times Best Sellers, 2 classics, 4 self improvement and 12 variety|
|Goal 5. Education/Learning|
|Goal 6. Personal Maintenance|
|Goal 7. Nurture Friendships|
|Goal 8. Rewirement|
|Goal 9. Spiritual Health|
|Goal 10. Social Media Growth|
At the end of each month…..determine what steps you took THIS month to get closer to your end goal and what steps can you take next month to get closer to your end goal?
You do not need to work on each goal, each week, or each month even.
Below is a sample, based on the 10 goals above.
|1||Cut out sugar and <30 carbs,||1||60 min move 6 days week, cont week 1||1||cont week 2 +64 oz water||1||continue week 3|
|2||Firm up plans for CO||2||–||2||–||2||visit CO|
|3||3||Research areas||3||–||3||Pick dates|
|4||Self Improvement book||4||cont week 1||4||History book||4||cont week 1|
An example focusing on one goal:
Step 1: Increase your online traffic (Goal)
Step 2: Increase your online traffic by 200% (S.M.A.R.T Goal)
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4|
|Increase from 1 post a week to 2 posts a week (all year)||Increase your word count this week of one of your posts to 2000 words (post later)||create a couple teasers for your email lists to increase open rates||spend time reading about email conversation rate optimization|
Regarding the “A” in the SMART Method
While I like a well thought out and organized plan to reach goals, and a method to measure them, the SMART method could keep me from stretching. Is my dream really “attainable”?
There’s a fine line between being realistic and pessimistic, in my opinion.
I’m not going to let that little voice that whispers “you can’t do that, you’re too old, you don’t have the time or money, etc” stop me for reaching. If a dream continues to be in my mind, I will put it in writing, devise a plan to reach it and work hard for it.
Would love to hear if there is a dream that you have reached that was a big stretch, or a dream that you would like to start working on.