Personal fulfilment depends on how you value each and every moment. Now that you have planned your year, as each month approaches it’s time to get more specific about what you want to achieve, the time you need to unwind and the golden moments you want to create.
The first rule is to have vision for your life. The second is to believe in your ability to figure things out. The third is to have fun making your dreams happen no matter how hard it gets. The fourth is to be patient but always persistent. The fifth is to respect and love other people who are also playing this same game of life.
To create your monthly plan, first, write down the key activities on your annual planner that occur in the coming month. Now, add:
Book in personal time in the same way you would schedule a meeting. For example, for me, going for a daily walk and reading or listening to an audiobook is non-negotiable. If I don’t have time to sit down and read, I will listen to an audiobook while walking. What are your non-negotiables?
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Health & Wellbeing
Exercise, food, fun and time out are vital and should be shaped around your work.
Hopes & Desires
What do you need to focus on doing this month so that you can move forward on your path?
What are the drainers you need to take care of this month? Haircuts, gardening, paying the bills?
Mental Breathing Space
Make time for rest and recovery, when you can just hang out and simply be. I absolutely love and adore my quiet time in the evenings.
When you’ve finished mapping out your plan for the month, step back and take a look at the big picture once again:
- Is this the kind of month you want to be living in?
- Is it moving you towards your purpose, vision and hopes?
- Are you looking forward to the month unfolding?
If the answer is ‘no’ to any of these, put yourself in the driver’s seat and find a way to change the direction, shift gears or make the journey more enjoyable.
This is your life; you need to make conscious choices about the way you live to achieve the outcomes you most desire. Seeing a month mapped out in advance is liberating and keeps us focused and inspired.
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