Oh where to start?
I’m generally a very organised person in life as well as in my business. I’m one of those people who can’t think straight if things are a mess or even a little untidy!!! To me organisation equals calm. If things are tidy my mind has clarity and I can get on with things.
So I guess that’s where my organisation starts
I tidy up, declutter, get rid of stuff, put stuff away, clean. I give everything a place and make everything look and feel nice.
And that’s what I’ve been doing in every area of my life over the last couple of months.
You see in mid February I realised how damn tired I was after a very emotional year last year.
I’d had a big 2018 planning day at the end of last year but I actually hadn’t taken action on anything! Which isn’t like me at all. So I decided to take some time to rest and take the pressure off ‘doing’. I didn’t stop working in and on by business I just put aside my big 2018 to do list and deadlines I had set myself.
I let go. I took a little holiday. I reclalibrated.
Now I’m back – organised, energised and inspired!
Sometimes it’s important to take a step back. Sometimes that’s what you need. We don’t have to be achieving all the time.
As a result I’m changing up the way I do my planning. Here’s how it looks…
Instead of doing my major planning at the beginning of the year I’m now going to do it mid year, the beginning of the financial year. I’ll still do some new year planning as this always feels like a great time to review and reassess my goals and intentions in my business as well as my personal life. But this new timing for my planning makes sense for me right now in terms of my business.
The truth is you can do your planning at any time. I’m always doing mini reviews and updates to my goals and intentions.
If you’re feeling like this year is slipping away and you haven’t achieved any of your goals, it’s honestly not too late!
So let’s break it down.
Here’s how I do my annual planning and set goals…
I take a look at what I’ve done in the last 12 months and how I feel about those things.
Am I pleased? How can I improve? What did I learn?
I celebrate the wins and acknowledge the challenges and things I could have done better.
I think about what I’m loving and want to continue doing and also what I no longer desire in my life and business.
I choose a guiding word for the year ahead (I’ll keep this one for my new year intention setting). This year it’s COURAGE.
I set my goals and intentions for each area of my life – business and personal.
I write all this out as I believe it makes it more real to see it on paper. I have it to refer to and to inspire and remind me where I’m headed.
Then I plan out the steps it will take to achieve each goal. This may seem like a lot to do, but breaking each goal into steps makes it easy to work out how long each goal will take to reach and what help you may need to achieve it. I recommend you start with your top 3 goals first.
From here I work out a schedule of when I’m going to do things. I plan this out monthly and then I block out the time in my calendar.
Believe me when I say, if it’s not in your calendar it probably won’t happen. It’s also super important to treat these calendar appointments as you would any other appointment. You’re not going to cancel a doctors appointment so don’t cancel that appointment with yourself – keeping it means you’re one step closer to your goal.
And please remember to schedule time for YOU – we all need fun and relaxation to thrive. I also try to leave extra ‘catch up’ time in my calendar for when unexpected things pop up that impact my time – it gives me some breathing space and reduces my stress.
To make it all easier I have some useful resources that I love using…
- I have a diary/planner with monthly and weekly layouts – I use this for keeping track of what I get done each day, my weekly to do list and a monthly overview of what’s going on in my business and personal life.
- I have a journal for my intentions and goals, jotting down inspiration and ideas as they come to me plus lists galore – like books to read, podcasts, cafes, hiking trails etc etc etc.
- And I have a notepad for meetings and general note taking.
- I’ve just discovered a workbook that looks great – it’s the sort of thing I’d love to create and is very close to the process I use for my planning. It’s called the Artist Of Life Workbook. I’ve only just received it and have started using it this quarter so I’ll keep you updated on how that goes.
- I also have a gorgeous pen along with this beautiful stationery – together they inspire me to create beautiful meaningful things. Yes kikki.K is one of my favorite shops!!!
- Digitally I use iCal for my client and personal appointments and Evernote for taking notes on the go. I use Canva for designing social media posts. My iPhone and a Fuji X-A5 camera for taking videos and photos.
So that’s really it. It’s kinda simple but it does require ACTION.
ACTION – that’s the key to success. You can have the best, most exciting plans ever but without action they’re never going happen! Taking small steps consistently and knowing that big goals take time really helps to keep me on track.
And I also believe it’s really helpful to have an accountability buddy to check in with regularly, along with a coach or mentor to guide and support you.
Let’s recap the main points…
- Declutter, tidy up and make your space a place you love to be in.
- Write down your intentions and goals.
- Plan and schedule the steps to get to each goal.
- Include time for you (super important!).
- Take consistent action.
- Review, reassess and update regularly.
- Use resources that inspire and support you.
I hope this has been helpful.
How do you get organised and plan your goals?
Share with me in the comments below or over in my private Facebook Group – maa living. I’m always looking out for new tips and tricks.
Love Dee xxx
I wanted to share with you a concept that my Doctor told me about last year. It’s called COAL and I think it’s a really helpful way to look at things.
So, what is C O A L?
Well, it’s an acronym that stands for Curiousity Openness Acceptance Love. And it’s a concept you can apply to your life each and every day.
I did an little bit of research (thank you Google) and found that the acronym was invented by Dr. Daniel Siegel to describe the qualities of mindfulness.
I think it describes the relationship you can build with yourself and the world around you. It can help you grow and lead a happier more fulfilled life by being more present and mindful.
Let’s talk about each one separately and how they can support you in your everyday life.
A great way to approach life is with a sense of curiousity. Ask questions, look at things from different angles, get interested in what’s happening. Look at things without judgment but rather curiosity. When we do this we bring a very different feeling to our days.
Be open to opportunities, new concepts, opinions and different ways of looking at things. When we are more open it leads to more choice and variety in our lives.
To accept the things that you don’t have control over and can’t change. To accept where you are right now. This doesn’t mean you have to stay where you are, however acceptance of your current situation allows you to decide not only where to go next but how.
To cultivate self love. To give love. To do things with love. To allow yourself to receive love. Being kind and compassionate to yourself and others. When we come to life with love we allow more joy into our lives.
Each of these things all feed into each other too.
Curiousity brings with it more openness, acceptance and the ability for love.
Openness feeds our curiousity and helps us accept and grow as well as allow more love in our lives.
Acceptance allows us to cultivate love and therefore be more open and curious.
Love for yourself and others certainly allows us more acceptance and leads to more openness and curiousity.
I think of the COAL Concept as a form of self care. If we have a solid self-care foundation we can cope much better when life throws us unexpected stresses.
Are there any situations or areas of your life where you can apply the COAL concept right now?
Will it help you be more mindful and present?
Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Love and Peace, Dee xxx
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