I have been reading a lot of Michael Hyatt’s books lately and listening to his podcasts. In his books and podcasts, he often speaks about having a Life Plan for yourself.
But what in the world is a life plan anyway? That’s the first question that came to my head. To answer the question I did plenty of research and figured out that a life plan is exactly what I need. In this post, I will share with you how to create your own Life Plan, and teach you how to follow it and adjust it as necessary.
What is a Life Plan?
A Life Plan is like a business plan in that it lays out each area of your life. It has a purpose, a clear direction, a list of the actions to take, a form of accountability and the desired result. It is customized to your future plans. In other words, where you want to be later in life, say 5, 10, or 20 years.
It works as a guide, leading you in the direction you need to go in order to accomplish your goals and dreams. There are no set guidelines or concrete ways to create your Life Plan, but there are a few things to keep in mind when writing your plan.
What Should be Included in a Life Plan
Some of the important components of a successful Life Plan will include the following:
- Your overall goal (where you want to be in 5, 10, or 20 years)
- The areas of your life (we will talk about these in a minute)
- The things that need to happen for you to achieve your ideal life
- Your “why”
Let’s break each of those components down a bit shall we?
Your Overall Goal
This is where you look at the big picture. Where do you want to be when you grow up? What are the things that you want to see happen in 5, 10 or 20 years? In other words, what would be the ideal life for you to have in the future that would make you the happiest?
What specific things matter to you. A good job? A healthy lifestyle? Being a parent and a spouse? Maybe being debt-free? All of those areas in your life will play a part in your Life Plan. Picture your life in the future and think about what exactly you want your life to look like. This is your overall goal.
Your Life Areas
Your life areas are all of the aspects that make up your overall life. These are important to distinguish when making a Life Plan. Let’s take a look at what Michael Hyatt uses as the areas of your life in his plan first.
Michael Hyatts Life Areas
As you can see, he uses 10 areas in his books. Not all of those areas may pertain to you. They didn’t really work for me so I made my own areas.
My Life Areas
As you can see, I have fewer areas in my Life Plan. I will explain why. Michael uses Intellectual for things like education and learning. I have chosen to include learning into the life areas I will be doing the learning in. For example, if I plan to take blogging and SEO courses for my blog that falls under career for me. Marital and parental fall under family for me. I combine my physical into health and emotional into personal.
You need to decide which areas you will use according to how you feel in your own situation. Neither way is wrong.
The Actions That Must Happen
Now that you know your overall goal and what life areas are right for you, you need to set a course to achieve your overall Life Plan. This is the hardest part but it can also be the most fun too. My advice is to first start by listing your Life Plan areas out on paper.
Once the areas of your life are written out, write out what you want your life to like in the future. Do this for each area you wrote down. Now the fun part.
Setting Some Guidelines to Achieve Your Life Plan
For each area of your life on your Life Plan, and according to the specific outcome you have set for that area, think about what you can do to reach those outcomes. If you want to be the corporate attorney for the company you work for and you are already an attorney, think about what steps you could take to move up the ladder.
If you are married and working on family goals to have children and a happy marriage think about what you can do to make that happen. Repeat this exercise for all of your life areas.
Your “why” is the very reason you want something to happen. It is the most important aspect of everything you do. Everything you ever do from here forward should be about your why.
Think about your why and write it down. My why statement is below.
“I want a happy and successful life with no regrets and no worries. One that I smile and laugh and enjoy the little things.”
Next Steps in Developing Your Life Plan
Now you know your life areas, what you want to achieve, or your overall goal, the steps you need to take to get there, and you understand your “why”. You can now develop your own Life Plan.
Please keep in mind that once you write your life plan, don’t just set it on the shelf and forget it. Read it often, weekly even, and review it for changes that need to be made. Adapt it as needed according to where you are in your plan.
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