Tending the Garden

After my last post, I thought it might be good to share a little more of my work in my Power Sheets and how that is transforming into what I do currently.

In the Power Sheets, once you’ve identified your goals you start to break them down into smaller focus areas quarterly, monthly, and weekly.  Here were some of the things I wanted to keep in mind for the first three months of the year.

And once you put together your focus for the three months, you then move to focusing on the month ahead.  As part of the monthly goal-setting, I identified some things to remember.

And then, keeping in mind my big goals for the year and also what I want to pay attention to this quarter, I started to brain storm about this month’s focus.

I knew that the key to reaching your goals is tending them daily.  Without doing that daily check in and daily doing tasks to move that goal forward, you’ll never realize it.   The time will pass and then you’ll be wondering where the year went (ask me how I know this!).  So, I took that brain storm and filtered it into a clear action plan (ie tending list) for the month of March.

This keeps me on track with monthly goals (that feed into my quarterly and yearly goals), weekly goals, and daily goals.

What I struggled with though, is that because Power Sheets aren’t (and aren’t intended to be) a planner.  I was having to work out of both my Erin Condren Planner and my Power Sheets.  Which got a little unweildy at times.   So, I decided I needed an easier way to keep track of those daily habits I was wanting to cultivate.  My weekly and monthly goals, I could keep in my planner so that I could refer to them frequently.  But, my daily habits were getting lost in the shuffle.  I did some searching online and found this great printable habit tracker from Sparkle of Sunshine.  I liked being able to see the whole month at a glance, and monitor how I was doing with my habits.  What I know now is that I was setting myself up for failure.  Not because I was tracking my habits, but because I was trying to start like 20 new habits at one time.  I’ll talk more about that next time.

As I’m finding my way and identifying what works best for me, I feel like I’m better able to keep my goals at the forefront and not just let the days go by and wonder why I didn’t accomplish those goals I’d set for myself in January.  I love Power Sheets for how they get you to brain storm and dig in and identify what those goals should be, I just needed a better way to keep them in front of me and easily accessible without working in two or three different set ups.

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One Little Word

 

I talked a little bit in my last post about goal setting and what I had planned for in 2017.  My word for 2017 was Transformation.  Which, although it didn’t manifest itself in quite the way I was expecting, it really was a transformational year.  I let go of a lot of things, I learned a lot of things, and I came out the other side.

For 2018, I had a hard time coming up with my “one little word” to describe all that I had in mind for the year and all that I wanted to achieve.  But, finally in mid-January I found it – Limitless.

 

I truly feel like I could not have chosen a better word for where I am right now.  It has all the potential and opportunity that is before me within it.

So, my next step was to take a look back through the prep work I did in 2017 in my Power Sheets and reassess my goals.

And when I looked at last year’s goals, what I found was that they were pretty much the same goals I want to achieve in 2018.  So, I thought I’d share them here.

My 2018 Goals

  1. Be an open channel (stop jamming the signal) through clean, healthy, uncluttered living.
  2. Pour love into my marriage.
  3. Grow my business authentically and in alignment with my purpose – lead by example.

So, there they are.  And on the face of them, they seem pretty simple but they encompass so much.  And in a way I’m really glad that they withstood the test of time and they are still arrows fully pointed in the direction I want to go.

So, then the next question is – how do I do that?  How do I turn these goals into reality.  Simple – an action plan.  So for each of these goals, I came up with actionable steps I could take that breaks them down into smaller bites.

And funny enough, just writing this post and again looking at my 2018 goals has got me geared up to get moving.

In my next post, I’ll take a look at how I break those big goals down into smaller goals – quarterly, monthly, and weekly.  I’ll also talk a little bit about why I needed a different method for tracking my goals.

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