A life plan is a structured process by means of which you can take stock of your life so far, consider goals and challenges, and recognize and categorize the steps you need to take to move forward with your life. Creating a life plan can help you address relevant issues in your life, draw on new resources and transition to the next stage on your life path. Most people never think of making a life plan.
If you’ve never thought about making a life plan, this might be the right time to do so. You don’t have to feel intimidated by the prospect of creating a life plan. It doesn’t have to be an epic narrative or an in-depth psychoanalysis of your life. It is simply intended to provide a general summary of where you are in your life, what matters most to you and where you intend to go next. It doesn’t have to take weeks, to draw up. Spending just a few hours of your time on this right now, can mean a future without regrets. You can begin creating your life plan right now by asking yourself the following questions. Be honest with your answers, only you are going to see them.
Assessing your life thus far: Are you currently satisfied with your life situation, somewhat satisfied or dissatisfied? Why do you think you feel this way?
Examining current events in your life: What is going on in your life right now, in terms of your relationships, career, your health, and finances? Consider your emotional well-being and any other aspects of your life that you feel are important.
Considering your happiness: Which people and what activities in your life bring you joy and satisfaction?
Identify the drains on your energy: Which behaviors, life choices, situations and people are a drain on your energy, leaving you fatigued and unfulfilled? Which cause you anxiety or stress or put you in a bad mood?
Pinpoint the obstacles in your life: What isn’t working for you? What are some ways you can make improvements? Consider all aspects of your life including: your job, relationships, health and fitness, and general lifestyle.
Imagine your ideal life: How would you prefer your life to be ideally? What do you feel would make you truly happy? Who would you have in your life and what would you be doing?
Think about attaining that life: What changes do you need to initiate to make the shift from the life you have now, to where you want to be? Consider which habits you need to lose and which positive lifestyle changes you could make.
Consider what happens when your life is over: Do you have a family? Will they be taken care of? Do you have plans for your property? Do you have life insurance? Do you have a will in place that will dictate who gets what?
When you’re developing your life plan, remember only to set goals that you truly believe in. Don’t plan to make too many changes at once. Set realistic goals and keep a record of your progress so that you can see how well you’re doing. Be positive. Negative thoughts can increase stress, create anxiety and lead to depression. Try to nip negative thoughts in the bud as soon as they arise. Replace them with positive ones. An optimistic attitude will leave your feeling happier and stronger even in the face of adversity.
Guest Post: Jackie Waters