This is the third 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 want a life plan? In this article we will answer the question, when, where, and how do you create your life plan? In future articles we help you create a life plan, and teach you what to do with your life plan once you have created it. Subscribe to our blog so that you don’t miss a single issue of this series.
Today we will look at the when, where and how of developing your life plan. This post is a little shorter than the others, but it covers three important decisions that you will need to make before you develop your life plan. So, are you ready to get started?
When, Where, and How to develop your life plan:
- Schedule Your Time – The first step is to schedule a time to develop your plan. This one might seem a bit obvious, but developing a life plan is a huge task. My job is to make the process as simple as possible so that you don’t get overwhelmed. With that said, creating a life plan is not something that you should expect to complete in an hour. There are actually a couple of ways for you to do this:
The Whole Day Method – This method requires that you carve out a whole day for developing your plan. This is actually the best way to develop your life plan. Daniel Harkavy says, “This is a day to focus exclusively on how you want to live life.” If you can focus on your plan for a whole day, you should be able to walk away with a completed plan.
The Four Hour Method - I know that carving out a whole day is difficult for most of us, and impossible for others. If you can’t manage a whole day, I recommend that you set aside at least four hours for the initial steps of your plan. This will give you the opportunity to do the soul-searching, meditating, and deep thinking required to make your plan a success. It will also give you the opportunity to disengage from the day-to-day demands of your life. If you choose this method, you will need to schedule some extra time to complete the rest of your plan.
- Find Your Place - The second step is to find a place to complete your life plan. Most people suggest that you get away from home to work on your plan. You might want to spend the night in a nice hotel, go to a park, or even take a hike in the woods. The key is to find a spot that is private, quiet, and without any distractions. Find a place that will allow you to focus on you for as long as it takes to complete your plan.
- Assemble Your Tools. Finally, you need to assemble the tools that you will use to complete your plan. These tools will depend entirely on you. Use whatever tools make you the most comfortable. If you are a digital person, you can open up a Word document and just start typing. Just make sure that your email, text, phone, etc are all turned off so that you are not distracted. If you prefer using a leather-bound journal and a nice pen to write your plan, that is ok too. The important thing is that you choose something that you are comfortable with.
Alright, now that you have scheduled your time, found your place, and assembled your tools, it is finally time to develop your life plan. In my next post we will begin developing your plan. See you then!
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