Creating a 5-year plan
They say a goal with out a plan is just a wish.
My husband and I have so many plans. We are always planning. We are always talking about what we want to do, accomplish. We talk and talk and talk and it always comes back to, “if we could just get things together,” or, “we need to get a game plan together.”
We wanted to take charge of our lives. We’ve had some pretty big things happen in the last year. We bought a new (to us) car, bought our first house, we are int he process of buying a business. We wanted to be able to confidently say where we were going and honestly answer the question, “where do we see ourselves in 5 years.”
Personal growth and development is important. For everyone.
It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but don’t fret. It is easier than you think!
I looked at tons of website that recommended lots of different categories, and we picked which ones fit our lives best. I suggest you do the same.
We ended up with:
Financial – savings, debt, budget, spending
Family/Relationships – significant other, children, family, friends
Career – career changes, advancement
Home Life – running your household, meal planning, organization, cleaning routines
Health/Fitness – weight loss, competitions, yoga,
Self-care – exercise, meditation, eating habits, connection with your spirituality
Travel – where you would like to travel
Passions – creative pursuits, reading, writing, other hobbies
Social/community – volunteer work, community service, charities
Personal development – education, conferences, books, classes
What we did was we asked and answered these questions about each category:
- What is it you want to achieve?
- What are the steps I need to take to make that goal happen?
We have been holding each other accountable and it has been great. Two weeks in and we are still as excited about it as when we were just talking about it. It’s still the beginning but at least it’s a start! Not just talking, but actual real actions!
One of the greatest game changers and the quickest way we could tell we were on the right track was implementing our cleaning schedule. We started with a semi-clean house but with a few things we needed to clean out on the day that was scheduled (like our entry-way for example.) But having our house clean has been the biggest and most noticeable change in our daily lives. Having the house clean has been so great for motivating us to start on track with our other goals. It has helped make our weekends better. We are able to spend our free time doing things together instead of with the kid bugging us and us trying to get anything done. I looked through a lot of different ones online and picked the one that I thought would work best for our family. And sticking to it has been a nonnegotiable for the past two weeks and it has been incredible.
Here is the one we used: