Moment of transparency. This year did not go as planned for me. I had goals for the year but I failed to create a plan to execute those goals. Purposeful planning is the process I implement when I want to make sure I’m not only setting the right goals, but that I accomplish what I set out to do. I want to introduce you this process.
Purposeful Planning Process
Purposeful planning is what I usually do each year. This is my tried and true plan for getting the things done that I want to accomplish. My keys to purposeful planning are:
- Create focus areas
- Build systems
- Track your progress
Create Focus Areas
Creating focus areas for purposeful planning involves the following:
- Set aside focused time
- Choose 3-5 areas of your life that you want to target for improvement
- Know your overall goal for each area
There is a quote by James Clear that says, “We don’t rise to the level of our goals; we fall to the level of our systems. Don’t share with me your goals; share with me your systems.” It’s a no brainer that purposeful planning will include building systems.
This is where most people fail at accomplishing their goals. Here are some things to consider when building your systems:
- What will help you achieve the overall goal you have for each focus area?
- Who will help keep you accountable? Do you have a friend, family member, or colleague who will help you keep your word about what you said you were going to do?
Track Your Progress
Metrics are another area that a lot of people may miss. Consider the below when setting metrics:
- When will you evaluate and assess your progress?
- How will you measure your success?
If you enjoyed this episode about purposeful planning, then you may also enjoy the episode of the show about how to visualize the life you want or this episode detailing what to expect when operating in your purpose.
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