I hope you’re having a nice start to your New Year! I know it can take some time to get back in swing of things when you’ve been traveling and eating a bunch of holiday cookies. The good thing is that it’s never too late to start making a plan and taking action steps towards your dream 2017. Every new sun is a new opportunity to create a life you love.
I’ve been sharing tips, tools, videos and even a blog post on taking control of your new year. I thought I’d also share with you how I’ve specifically planned to a have successful and fulfilled year. You’ll want a piece of paper and a pen, maybe different colors if you want to have fun with it.
I started by going through the main 12 departments of life – relationships, spirituality, career, finances, creativity, home environment, home cooking, physical activity, education, health, social life, and joy. I wrote down what I wanted each part of my life to look like, what I wanted to accomplish and what I wanted to keep up to good work with. I disregarded shoulds, shouldn’ts and impossibles. The thing here is to get everything you want for your year out of your head and onto paper.
What’s great about using those 12 departments of life is that they can reflect the 12 months of the year. I picked one goal to focus on for the first month. You can’t do everything at once. If you read my blog from last week I talk about why baby steps are your best friends. Instead of trying to tackle everything at once at the crack of the New Year, ending up overwhelmed, stressed or giving up, focus on one goal or theme at a time giving yourself time and single-pointed focus to build up new habits and reach your goals.
When I’m trying to kick a “bad” or unwanted habit, it’s more effective to focus on a “good” habit to cultivate and add in to replace it. The body, mind and soul want to feel good and the more good you give yourself, the more you will naturally crowd out the bad.
For example, I want to kick some, but not all, of my T.V. watching – I could never give up Jane The Virgin. I love series and Netflix has opened or dark deep whole of availability. So, for January, instead of centering my goal on kicking out T.V., I am centering my goal on adding in more reading and writing (creativity and education from the 12 departments) to naturally crowd out over-watching.
It’s not what you do some of the time but what you do all of the time that shapes who you are. So, each night I write down in my calendar my 3 “big rocks” for the next day. Big rocks are the 3 things I need for my day to be complete. It usually includes yoga, writing, reading or prepping for a work project. Of course there’s still the nitty-gritty “to-do” list for life and work like e-mail and prep for clients and classes, pick up the dry-cleaning and cat food, etc. – those are the “little rocks”, the tasks that need to get done but at the end of the day aren’t the most important or fulfilling.
It’s easy to get sucked into all the little tasks and forget about what really fills you up. Maybe you think you’re too busy when really it’s more a issue of priorities and management. That’s why it’s important to remind yourself of your big rocks each day, before you open up your e-mail and phone.
Lastly, I created 3 giant rocks – bigger projects or goals either work or life related that take more time. You can divide your year into half, thirds, quarters or however works for you depending on the goals you have. I want to tackle my giant rocks in the first 4 months of this year: taking the international health coaching exam, finishing fixing up our home in Kineta, Greece so it’s livable and have a least half of my book written. Once they are complete, I will create 3 more giant rocks for the next four months.
So, the run through: (1) write down on paper everything you want for your new year (2) pick one goal to focus on adding into your life for January and continue to pick one for each month of the year (3) write down 3 giant rocks for each half, quarter or third or the year (4) write down daily 3 big rocks that are most important to you or support getting to your giant rocks. And (5) remember to not let the little rocks take over your life.
Okay, enough rocks! I’d love to hear from you! What tools and methods help you stay focused and on track towards completing your goals? What are your 3 biggest goals for the first part of your year? Have you accomplished any goals so far?
I hope this is helpful for you! If you know someone who would benefit form this, please feel free to share it with them.
Sending you love and support on your journey,