“How do I make planning and goal setting work better?”
By John Counsel
Try planning and managing your goals, events, tasks, activities, relationships and resources within defined roles to improve their relevance and meaning.
There are eight main areas into which your roles will mostly fall (no special order of priority… balance and purpose are the keys):
Family and Home
Husband/wife, father/mother, son/daughter, brother/sister, etc.
Spiritual and Mental Health
Core principles, values, standards, beliefs, ethics, religious or philosophical affiliations, scripture study, meditation, prayer, worship, study/discussion groups, teaching children, etc.
Exercise, diet, insurances, check-ups, medical, dental, etc
Social and Emotional Health
Friendships, groups, clubs , etc.
Education and Occupation
Formal education, co-curricular and extracurricular activities, qualifications, vocational training, skills development.
Finance and Provider
Business/career, financial management, saving, insurances, maintenance, etc.
Recreation and Culture
Physical, spiritual, emotional, mental re-creation.
Personal development, gifts and talents, visual arts, performing arts, reading, writing, etc.
Civic Duties and Community Service
Citizenship, voting, political affiliations, local community groups, charity work, volunteering, neighbour, etc.
Some of these roles will be every day, others only occasional (example: voting in elections).
By managing your planning and organisation — including your planner and filing systems — within clearly-defined ROLES, you’ll find that you become more focused and productive, with more free time and a lot less stress.
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