Don't "Set Goals"
In addition to the word "planning", I'm also not fond of "goal setting." It smacks of hard work Who needs more work! When I posted on my weekly homemade appointment book, I mentioned writing the motto, "I Decide, I Choose, I Will" across the middle of the page. So instead of "setting goals" or even "making a plan", how about just making some decisions? Doesn't that make you feel much more like you're in control?
Over the next few days I will cover some of the ways I make decisions for the upcoming year. Do all of these decisions turn out just the way I envisioned or, dare I say, planned? Heck, no! But how many would have gotten done at all without some advance decision making? Not many!
Step One - Brain Drain
I'm not sure where I acquired the term Brain Drain - perhaps David Allen, of the very complicated and popular Getting Things Done system. But I liked the term it and it has become very important to me.
A brain drain consists of merely getting everything you'd like to accomplish down on paper. When I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. Please don't turn this into a huge chore. Keep a notebook with you and whenever something pops into your head (which happens way more often than you suspect), write it down. Think of this as a grocery list for your life. Wish you could go to Italy? Write it down. Paint the living room? Write it down. Lose 10 pounds (doesn't everyone?) Write it down. Wish you get more organized (another no-brainer - who doesn't?) Write it down. Don't worry about sorting this out for now. We'll get to that next. As David Allen says, "Just Do It."
Moving on to:
Living the Savvy Life
a wonderful review of this book. Melissa Tosetti, the author of "Savvy", found me by way of the Adrienne's blog and asked if I would also do a review. Obviously, this lovely lady has a thing for Adrienne's (proving she's smart as well as lovely!)
I've already made my way through about half the book and will finish tomorrow morning. I'm looking forward to doing the review.