(This is Part 1 of a 4-part series on taking control of your time)
"Wake up with a plan of action, go to bed with satisfaction."
— Greg Plitt
I wasted much time in my 20s. I didn't know that life is twice as fun after you find your power. I regret nothing of my decade accidentally sliding in and out of relationships, careers, and homes, but now life is... richer. I'm still adventuring, but with intention. These days I don't ask myself,
"Where did that last year go?"
Mostly by accident I've taken control of my time. My methodical mind has long been drawn to productivity tools & lifehacks. Five years ago something sparked, and I found a way to fit all of those tools neatly into the same box. To my surprise I've become (he said, humbly) a productivity ninja.
It starts with the yearly plan. Let me show you the way.
Crack open a fresh notebook and clear an entire day (my first yearly planning session took 3). January 1st should do. You will be digging deep, writing your answers out in as much details as you need.
Be honest. Reflection leads to your true goals.
List your goals. Having looked back, what do you want 2016 to be? Here you can be broad. You can dream. I choose at least one goal in each pillar of my life that I hold sacred:
I have learned that I need to invest in each of these areas to stay balanced. You can create your own "happy list."
Do not let all this writing time go to waste:
Now, back to start.
What did you put on your list? Let us know in the comments.
Coming soon: How to Take Charge of 2016 Pt. II: The Quarterly Plan.
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