I love this time of year - full of promise and plans.
Of course, there’s also a looming threat of disillusion - we will inevitably fail to meet all the goals we set for ourselves for this year. When I arrive at December 31, 2017 and look back on the past 12 months, I’ll probably be a very different person that the one I had planned to become.
While there’s a lot of merit in casting a big vision that will carry you through 2017, maybe it isn’t actually realistic to try to plot your life 365 days in advance. This year I decided to try planning my life 90 days at a time. It feels like long enough to achieve significant goals, but short enough that I can keep it under control and actually commit to things.
I struggle to commit to anything for a whole year, and I decided that’s okay. Instead of making commitments that will drag out and eventually make me feel miserable, I’m going to try new hobbies and activities for 90 days at a time, then decide if I want to continue them or change it up.
I came up with a really simple way to plan this all out. I got myself a blank page, and down the left hand side of the page I wrote my big life categories and a few things I can realistically aim to achieve in each category during the first three months of 2017.
On the right hand side of the page I wrote down the major events and date claimers I already know about for the next three months.
I purposely kept it small and simple so that I didn’t have space to over-complicate my life. Only the biggest and best things made the cut.
Too easy! It took me about half an hour to set some achievable goals and plan out my social calendar for the next 90 days.
I made you guys a set of worksheets based on the method I just described above. It’s right here if you want to download it and get the next 90 days mapped out.