Mapping out your passions: 2019

IMG_5255The best thing happened…I got my new planner for 2019. I fully acknowledge and admit to being a total dork that I’m so excited about such a trivial thing, but nonetheless, it’s who I am. I use a Passion Planner, which is something that we discussed in a previous post about time blocking. It has been truly instrumental in aiding me to execute and make strides towards accomplishing my dreams, instead of keeping them in my head. How does it do this? Well, that’s called a Passion Map! 

Here are a few snippets from my passion map in 2018. As you can see, I really like it because it encourages you to think beyond the year, beyond the pages in that book to make and set realistic goals that you can achieve to bit by bit, get to that goal! I would never have started this blog without a Passion Planner. It’s one of the steps that I outlined as a tool to hold me accountable and get to that dream of completing and publishing a book! (Thank you all for holding me accountable.)

So, now that I have the 2019 book. I need to figure out what my goals might be for the next calendar year. (And of course, I’m doing this ahead of writing it down in my planner to make sure all these goals sit well with me.) Want to do it with me? Follow the steps below, courtesy of Passion Planner.

Make a Wish List

In the next five minutes, make a list of description for your ideal life. Write everything and be as specific as possible. Don’t try to justify your dreams, just do it. Here’s mine:

  • Make my own schedule
  • Write every day
  • Publish and market my books
  • Market for others
  • Write articles, but on my time
  • Become my own business
  • Pursue creative tasks as I see fit
  • Go back to school
  • Get my master’s degree
  • Go on a book tour
  • Have a partner in life
  • Own a home
  • Work where it suits me on that day
  • Paid off my debt
  • Have a cushy savings budget
  • Have a vacation budget that allows me to travel the world
  • Visit new places regularly
  • Yoga every damn day
  • Kickboxing and Orangetheory regularly
  • Live in a walkable town
  • Flexibility to see Eagles and Penn State football as I see fit
  • Achieve a healthy/fit lifestyle

Create the timeline

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Fresh passion map in my 2019 planner!

Divide these goals into sections of time. Which do you want to happen in the next 3 months, the next year, the next three years and for your lifetime.

Three months

  • Kickboxing and Orangetheory regularly
  • Yoga every damn day
  • Visit new places regularly
  • Work where it suits me on that day
  • Pursue creative tasks as I see fit
  • Write every day

Year

  • Achieve a healthy/fit lifestyle
  • Flexibility to see Eagles and Penn State football as I see fit
  • Have a cushy savings budget
  • Become my own business: Write articles on my own time and market for others

Three years

  • Paid off all debts
  • Have a vacation budget that allows me to travel the world
  • Publish and market my books
  • Make my own schedule

Lifetime

  • Own a home/live in a walkable town
  • Have a partner in life
  • Go on a book tour
  • Go back to school/Get my master’s degree

Then, go back and circle/highlight/bold the goals that would have the most positive impact on your life.

Prioritize

These are now the four goals you will prioritize! From this point, I take the goal that I deviate a little bit from the Passion Planner, which encourages you to make a roadmap for each of these goals. But I find that I feel a bit scattered reaching after so many goals at once. I prefer to create habits that will fuel a goal, before thinking about another goal. But, do as you see fit! So, I’ll take the “Write every day” goal to happen in the next three months, list the things I can do to ensure this, and dates I hope to achieve each of those steps by to make this happen in the next three months, which from today would be by in January.

WRITE EVERY DAY

  • Create a morning habit of waking up early, whether or not it’s to write, just create the space ONGOING EFFORT
  • When planning each week, tentatively plot out those times you can devote an hour to writing each day. START THIS WEEK.
  • Evaluate the planned time the day before and adjust as necessary. START THIS WEEK
  • Give yourself a star in the Passion Planner month for every day you write. START THIS WEEK
  • Continue to track days and the number of words and report to the blog for #Write30 ONGOING EFFORT
  • Forgive yourself on days it doesn’t happen ONGOING EFFORT
  • Choose one WIP to work on each month and outline goals for the plot you’d like to have achieved each week. Put these in your passion planner. START THIS WEEK

Execute

All that’s left now is to execute! I won’t actually commit my 2019 passion map to paper until December, because hopefully, I will have achieved at least this goal by then if not others. Also, my prioritize could change between now and then. The planner allows for this, telling you to check in on your map at the end of each month and encouraging you to do it over again in the middle of the year. My goals have stayed fairly consistent from one map to the other. You can attest to this because you’ve all been following my write everyday goal since the inception of #Write30. In truth this is a totally outlandish goal, life is not going to allow me to write every day, but it should be so ingrained in my being that I crave it on days that I don’t and habitually do it even on days I don’t want to. Then I’ll consider the goal accomplished, and, I’ll have a whole lot of words and perhaps even a book to show for it! But I want to stress that it’s not necessarily about being able to cross something off and say, yeah, I did that. It’s just as much about living a life in which you are constantly grasping for your dreams.

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