In yesterday’s post, I covered the first step for your 2016 plan – setting priorities. For the second step, we talked about five points to write out as a way of getting clarity for commitments you’ll set for 2016 (thanks to Michael Hyatt at MichaelHyatt.com).
Today, we’ll cover how to plan through the process – for how to meet those commitments. Stick with me. It makes so much sense!
Step Three: Calendar the commitments from each priority.
As you write your 2016 commitments, begin thinking of the time you will allow on your calendar to meet that goal. I won’t cover all of mine, but here are some examples that might help.
I don’t calendar my time with God each day because it’s already a part of my daily routine, and it’s a given before starting anything else – before a shower (but not necessarily before coffee – ha!). Also, something else like an exercise routine might work the same way for you.
When I listed my commitments for volunteer time at church, it became clear that these were the largest blocks of time that I need to schedule other commitments around, so I calendared them first.
My blog time has always come last, working it around all other commitments. This year, it goes on the weekly calendar second.
I found by writing down my gardening needs and goals, that I needed to calendar two hours each week throughout the year. Winter isn’t as much of a need for outside work, but the calendared time can be used for planning on paper and researching ideas for adjustments. Bonus: if I get caught up early, I get to read a book in my stack!
I calendared all trips planned for the year – with family and friends – that I know of so far.
Sometimes things have to stay a little fluid until everyone’s schedules are aligned, but the fact that the commitment is written helps to remind us when reviewed. And, that brings me to the next step.
Step Four: Continuous review of commitments and calendar.
This part helped me establish another 2016 commitment – to review each week’s schedule in advance.
Weekly adjustments are sometimes needed, so putting a review time on the calendar helps properly prepare for each week. Here’s the weekly page again. Did you notice the notation on Sunday night?
An established monthly review is helpful, too. Review the upcoming month on the final day of each month (or the final Sunday evening).
For large, long-term goals, it’s helpful to break them into parts – into quarterly commitments. Review them at the end of each quarter in the same way as monthly reviews.
SET GOALS AND RESOLUTIONS IN STONE
BUT MOVE THE ROCKS INTO DIFFERENT ARRANGEMENTS AS NEEDED
I hope this exercise helps you. This process should get your commitments into a plan that works for you.
Don’t you love not feeling rushed? Do you enjoy feeling your time is used wisely…efficiently? I feel a sense of calm when things are put into a plan. I hope you do, too.
Are you ready to de-stress your year – your 2016?