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
What if you can make that change?
What if you can do that thing?
What if you can become that person?
What would that mean for you?
The truth is you can.
It may take time.
It may take persistence.
You get to choose.
You can make the decision.
To do or not to do.
To take action.
One step at a time.
How would it feel to live the life you desire?
How would it feel to be doing the things you desire?
How would it feel to be fully you?
When you live as the person you desire to be you become that person and not only is that great for you but everyone around you benefits.
When you allow yourself to be fully YOU that is a gift to the world.
That inspires real connection.
That inspires others to do the same.
That inspires true joy and happiness.
I urge you to grab a piece of paper and pen and answer the questions above.
Do your answers awaken a desire to let the world see who you really are?
It’s scary I know! But you can make a plan and start taking steps today.
Make that change.
Do that thing.
Become that person.
It is possible.
In health and happiness, Dee xxx
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On my recent getaway to Cradle Mountain with Andrew – hubby and Mr maa for those of you who don’t him – I was struck by just how important it is to be surrounded by people who support and believe in you without question.
I’m not sure how silly this is going to sound, but here goes…
It was a beautiful day in Cradle Mountain, we were on holidays, breakfast and coffee were enjoyed and we ventured to Dove Lake for a hike. We were going to go to Marions Lookout but on a whim we decided to do Hansons Peak instead (we’d done Marions in the past).
It looked like quite a climb, but surely it wasn’t as steep as it looked! Turns out parts of it were quite steep with long drops over the side! And I got scared!!!
I had a mini anxiety attack at one point where the path was rocky and I couldn’t look to my right as I was afraid of falling off the edge…I just kept going, looking straight ahead and trying not to freak out!
Ok, made that bit! Phew!
And then a steep rock loomed above. There was a chain to hold onto and pull yourself up. I started up, following Andrew slowly. And then we came to a flat rock face with very few foot holes…and short legs weren’t helping!!!
I completely lost it – there was no way I was going to be able to get up up this bit! My whole body was shaking and my head was telling me this was as far as I was going – I couldn’t wait to be back down the bottom. I literally couldn’t move!
And this is when my one man support team stepped up to the plate, believing that I could do it and patiently waiting while my panic and anxiety dissipated. I believe that took about 15 minutes!
Needless to say I made it up that rock and to the top of Hansons Peak and boy was it worth it!
Check out the view…
There was a point when I truly didn’t think I could do it but I had someone by my side that believed I could – sometimes that’s what we need.
Actually we need to be surrounded by supportive people who believe in us all the time. This is what really hit me while sitting atop Hansons Peak taking photos of the stunningly beautiful view.
CREATE A CIRCLE OF SUPPORT
People who lift us up, cheer us on and celebrate us are essential to our wellbeing. We need to let people do this for us. As we do for them. We don’t have to do all the giving.
Accepting help from someone is one of the most beautiful gifts you can give them.
Take a look around you.
Do you have the support and love that you need?
If not what are some steps you can take to bring that into your life.
And how can you truly nurture those that you do have in your life?
I’d love to hear what you think…head to the comments below and let me know your thoughts.
In health and happiness, Dee xxx
Well hello there 2017. I’m excited to see what you have in store for me.
I had a lovely week off between Christmas and New Year. Since I’ve been back at work I’ve been setting my goals and intentions and doing some planning for 2017.
I’m setting the intention for HEALING.
At the beginning of each year I usually choose a guiding word, sometimes 2 or 3, to set the tone for the year ahead.
This year I had a few floating around in my mind – give, self-esteem, strength and confidence. I couldn’t quite settle on one.
Then it came to me, it was all down to HEALING.
Healing for myself. Helping those close to me heal. Guiding my clients to discover their own healing process.
Healing on all levels – mind, body and soul. Bringing each aspect back into alignment.
I’ve seen some friends go through major trauma and changes recently. I did what I could at the time even though it didn’t always feel like enough and I’d like to continue to help in 2017.
I know some of my clients are also going through major shifts. I’m supporting them, through my health and lifestyle coaching, to create a plan for 2017 that works for them.
And I’ve personally had 2 things occur in the last 12 months that have made me question so many things about myself – my value, my self worth, my place in the world. I’m taking steps to work through it – Kineseology and a very intuitive Acupuncturist is helping a lot. More talking is on the agenda. More self care. More mindset shifts. More focus on the positive. One amazing thing is that my move to Canberra – which on reflection was huge and overwhelming as well as exciting – has really shown me how wonderful and caring people are and maybe I deserve that.
If healing is something you can relate to. If it’s something tugging at your heart I want you to know…
Healing is a process.
Healing is different for everyone.
Healing takes time.
So 2017, along with healing I’m starting to think bigger and broader. I can feel exciting things in the air for my business and my life.
Do you have a guiding word for 2017? Head to the comments below and let me know.
In health and happiness, Dee xxx
PS if you’d love to work with me to create YOUR 2017. YOUR WAY. Head over to my Facebook Page for details or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The weekend before last I attended Leonie Dawson’s Shining Academy Business Retreat here in Canberra.
It was 2 days of inspiration, positivity and soaking up the beautiful energies of over 100 women who attended.
As I was going over my notes from the weekend I realised that even though the focus was on business, everything also related to life. So with this in mind I thought I’d share my top Life Lessons from The Shining Academy Business Retreat.
10 LIFE LESSONS FROM THE SHINING ACADEMY BIZ REREAT
- Doing more is not always better. Do more of what works or feels good for you and less of what isn’t working in all areas of your life.
- Be curious and open to opportunity. New discoveries of any kind can add joy and meaning to your life.
- Commit to YOU. Commit to your growth. Commit to your health and wellbeing. Commit to your self care. Do something every day that moves you towards the life you desire.
- Listen. What are the people around you saying? What is your internal dialogue like? How are these words affecting you? Are they useful, positive and supportive?
- It’s ok to say NO. It’s ok to say YES. It’s ok to do what’s best for you.
- Focus on what matters to YOU. Let go of what doesn’t matter to you.
- Connection is key. Build a community of like-minded friends who ‘get you’ and who you genuinely care about. Have a go-to healer/therapist/coach/mentor that’s right for you in specific situations. Get support when you need it.
- Give generously and genuinely from your heart. Giving is one of the most beautiful ways you can bring more joy to your life.
- You are the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with. Make sure they are special to you! Do you aspire to be like the people you spend time with? Do they inspire you? Uplift you? If so, yay! If not it may be time to gently let go of some people in your life or see a lot less of them.
- Have gratitude and show it whenever you can. What you focus on grows, so pay attention to all the good things in your life, big and small. Plus, saying thank you to someone can make a huge difference to their day.
There was so much more goodness shared and realised during the Retreat, both for maa organics and me!
I’d love to know your thoughts on my 10 Life Lesssons and as begin to integrate and implement what I learnt I’d also love to hear what you think I could incorporate into maa organics to better look after you.
Head to the comments below and let me know.
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In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx
Image from Leonie Dawson.