Finding your purpose in life is hard. But setting a few goals along the way sounds realistic. Personal development experts suggest writing a 5-year plan. And why choose a term of 5 years? It’s considered enough to achieve a strategic goal and not too long to start procrastinating.
Would you like to know how to write a 5-year plan? Below is a worksheet for you!
First and foremost, make sure you are clear on your goal and you are 100% convinced this goal is important to you. If not, expect some problems with motivation further on. To determine what you want to achieve in the nearest future you can do the following: Decide how you’d like to feel in 5 years. And then just draw your future self – where will you live and what will you do for a living? This should clear things out.
Now it’s time to write a plan. Divide each 5-year goal into months and days. Then write down the actions that need to be done each day to move closer to your destination. Set realistic deadlines and determine the results. They should be achievable. Finally, make your plan visible. Write a shorter version of it and hang it on the wall where it can always be seen.
This was just the first step. Now comes the hard part: following the plan. How do you stick to it, maintain motivation and fight the desire to quit? Having completed each milestone, do a little revision. Check if you’ve achieved what you planned. The vital part of this step is to reward yourself even for the smallest progress. A good thing is also to cross out the things you’ve done. This will feel like you’ve already accomplished something. Be flexible: Get ready for obstacles and changes in the plan. The more prepared you are, the less unnecessary stress you will experience.
Working hard and moving towards the goal is important. But taking frequent breaks is important as well. They will help you stay sane and keep the motivation at a high level.
Good luck and have fun achieving your goals!