The week that started 18th May 2020

Priorities and planning

I did a lot of prioritisation of relationships and projects this week, which was helpful for getting clearer on where to put my attention, energy and time. And then worked on my budget to make sure it was inline with my priorities. Felt a huge sense of achievement after this work, and more sure-footed.

And then I made a 5 year plan. Yes, really.

I found it hugely helpful. Because I was feeling overwhelmed by all the things I want to do. And then I remembered something I heard once about how humans overestimate how much we can achieve in a year and underestimate how much we can achieve in five years. So, I thought, just spread out the things I want to do over a longer period of time.

It’s not hugely detailed, but there are some significant things I want to do in the next couple of years, so it helped to write those down and plan around them. And I’m using what I have planned for this year to remind myself to say no to new things, because I’m at capacity. (Writing this out to remind myself of this too…!) Also, I included which of my signature strengths and values are represented by different elements of my plan. Which reminds me of why these things are important to me, and will make it easier to change my plan over time, as my strengths and values change.