This is the final article in a series of articles on creating a life plan. In the first article we answered the question, what is a life plan? In the second article, we answered the question, why do you need a life plan? In the third article we answered the question, when, where, and how do you complete your life plan? In the fourth article you defined your roles in life. In the fifth article you developed your desired outcomes for each of your roles. In the sixth article you developed action plans for each of your desired outcomes. In the seventh article you completed your life plan. In this final article you will learn how to use the life plan you have created. Subscribe to our blog so that you don’t miss a single issue of this series.
Congratulations again on completing your life plan. Not many people have come this far, and taken the time to design a plan for their life. You are one of a select few who have a plan for your life. Now, what do you do with your life plan now that you have completed it?
Here are four things your should do with your life plan:
- Print it – Print your completed document and keep it where you can see it. You may also want to create a pdf copy that you can keep on your phone, tablet, and/or computer. You will find that keeping in view will remind you of goals, priorities, and next steps.
- Use it -Use your Life Plan to provide context for your strategic decisions. Sometimes your roles will have conflicting demands and your life plan will help you make strategic decisions on the best use of your time, talent, and treasures.
- Review it - You will want to review your plan at least once a week. A good time to do this is when you are reviewing your calendar, and planning your schedule for the week. We will get into more specifics on how to do a weekly review in future posts. The key here is that you want to ensure that you priorities get put on your calendar first. You should also revisit your life plan quarterly and annually to measure your success, and to make adjustments where appropriate. It’s okay if your life plan changes over time—when your life changes, your life plan should be too!
- Revise it - You will want to revisit your life plan at least once each year, and anytime your priorities change. Your goals are likely to change over time, and your life plan is meant to be a work in progress. External events might occur that cause you to change your focus, and you’ll want to update your life plan to reflect these changes.
Knowing your destination is a process. If you are like me, you will refine your destination over time. With your prioritized list, you can now start making better choices that are more in line with your priorities.
Your Next Steps
First, develop a system to manage your calendar, and to track your action steps. In the future we will be talking more about implementing your life plan using the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology.
Second, develop and communicate your personal brand. To achieve your goals and implement your life plan you will need to find your unique value, and communicate it effectively. We will also be discussing this in more detail in the future.
Comment below: Are you working your life plan? How are you doing? I’d love to hear from you.