Setting Goals using a Master Plan

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To achieve what you want out of life you have to have a plan. Just saying I’m going to be rich or I’m going to be successful isn’t enough. You have to create a master plan. Think of your goals as the end result and your master plan guides you to your results. Without your plan you can’t effectively achieve your goals because you have no path to follow.

So why should you use a master plan? If you go on a holiday you plan your trip, and if you get married you plan your wedding. This is so that they are successful and relatively stress free. So why would you not plan your life if you want it to be successful and stress-free too? When you take the time to plan your life, you are taking the steps necessary to not only identify and reach your desired goal, but also to do so in the most efficient manner.

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Implementing Your Master Plan

To start your master plan, start by identifying your goals for your year or however long you choose to plan out. Don’t censor your goals write everything down and then you can go back and organise them. Create a brain dump collection in your bullet journal specifically for this and record everything. I took the advice of Josh Kaufman and created five pages for goals under these headings:

  • Health / Fitness
  • Relationships
  • Skills / Personal Growth
  • Wealth / Career
  • Enjoyment
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Once you have brain dumped the goals for your master plan under each section you then need to look over them and ask yourself why you want to achieve that goal of earning $200,000 in a year? Is it you want to contribute more to your household or go on a trip? You need to find the root reason that motivates you to reach your goal. It may help to ask yourself Why? a few times for each goal to uncover that core goal. For example, I want to lose weight. Why? So I am in less pain. Why? so I can do more with my family. My motivation is to be able to do more activities with my family. It’s important to know your motivation, for when times are tough you can look back at your master plan and be motivated to keep going.

Before we go any further it is important that you don’t take on too much at the one time with your master plan. You can avoid this by prioritising each goal and also breaking them down into more manageable tasks. For instance, the goal “My business will earn $200,000 in a year” needs to be broken down into steps that may take a few years. Such as “Develop a loyal returning client base” and “Find the right product line”Then you can work backwards from your goal date till now, and schedule these tasks. Breaking your goals down makes things less stressful to implement.

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Once you have discovered your goals you need to put a timeframe on them. Break them into manageable tasks that are achievable and add them into your bullet journal master plan and in your daily, weekly etc. calendar.

It’s very important to check in with your goals and master plan regularly, don’t just make them and continue on with life. You won’t achieve goals if you can’t remember what they are. They have to be in your daily thoughts and the best way is for them to be in your daily bullet journal entry and your habit tracker.

Habit trackers are great for encouraging goals and you probably already have at least one habit tracker already. Draw another one and get going with your master plan.

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