So now that you have your eight goals, what’s next? So glad you asked! This is the best part. Time-management= structuring out your time to make the most of it.
Create a new plan every year with just 3 lists!
Every year this will change. It’s crazy to think that things don’t happen and life doesn’t change. With that being said, throughout the year you will find things that are working and not working for you. That is growth! In the last months of the year you can make changes to your plan that you think will be better to start the next year. You can start putting it into practice and tweaking it all through trial and error. Practice through the end of the year so you can start the new year with clear expectations on how it will go. You don’t want to sway too much from your plan once it’s starts because consistency is key.
Create these 3 plans and hold yourself accountable!
So, what should you be writing down every year?
1. Your 8 goals
In my previous post I mentioned 8 Types of Goals you Should Have. Basically your health, beauty, knowledge, home, vehicle, finances, family, and fun are huge aspects to life! Figure out 1 specific measurable goal that you can acheive for the next year for each category.
2. Smaller actions you can take to acheive those goals
Make a list for each of the 8 categories of maybe 2-4 things that can accomplish those goals you wrote down. After dinner you can pick one action to focus on for an hour. Mix them up! Maybe go down the list each day or anyway that mixes be them up so you distribute your time equally to each goal.
3. Your weekly routine schedule by day of the week
Write down everyday of the week and create hourly blocks for them. Fill them in with morning, work, dinner, goal, and bedtime routines. Make everyday different if you’d like, switch up your routine for each day.
These are the 3 main things you should plan out for the year. It’s best to get separate pages for each of these and write those as the title. You can also put these on your phone so they look neater, you never lose them, and always have them available.
We already covered the 8 goals, the smaller actions will be stepping stones that help you get there.
A weekly routine is extremely important. Each day of the week have an outline with hourly actions to take, and plug in what pertains to your unique life. If you focus very hard in one hour on one thing, you need something in-between as a refresher to reflect and get ready for your next hour, so take breaks!
Smaller actions you can take to acheive your goals include any thing you can do in around an hour
For example, if you want to lose 10 lbs, you could write down go for a jog, do yoga, or workout. If you try to come up with as many things as possible you won’t get bored when it’s time for you to focus on this. Take turns with them and never compromise which priorities, hobbies and activities you put your focus towards! Just jot down the things you like to do most in each category and how many you pick will determine how much time you invest in them.
To better manage your time break everything up into hourly goals.
This will help you build efficiency and not spend too much time on one thing. If you read Creating a Monthly, Weekly & Daily Plan of Action it will explain this and the weekly routine schedule in more detail. For example, at 7 a.m you could say by 8 a.m I want to have showered and completed my personal care/ hygiene routine. Whatever that looks like to you.
While doing this you don’t want to overload yourself
Don’t go straight from one goal into the next. Take a break in-between. Fill it with stuff you typically do every hour. Drinking water, look at Pinterest for inspiration, etc.. Five minutes is all you need to reset. You can also take this time to look at your to-do list and schedule, and determine your goal for the next hour. If you have kids this is a good time to do something for them as well to keep them content, or let the dogs outside.
Remember, the example pictures are just to give you an idea on what type of things you can do!
Everyone is so different, nobody’s plan is going to be the same! Take what YOU do and what YOU want and write them down. Having clear expectations for yourself and how to manage those is so important. Without a plan-of-action your basically just shooting in the dark hoping you get lucky.