For some people, making plans is an ingrained habit. They like to plan out their lives in detail.
For others, planning doesn’t come naturally and they may need some help to organize their desires for the future.
No matter which category you fall into, you can learn to appreciate making plans as a satisfying activity. The good news is that there’s no one “right” way to make your future plans–do what feels best for you and enjoy the process.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Decide Your Level of Detail
Maybe you want to get a better handle on your day-to-day, short-term schedule. Your future planning might just involve mapping out the next week or month. If you’re more ambitious, you might sketch out your plans for the next year, including life goals and financial targets. If you’re really looking at the big picture, you could draft your 5- and 10-year goals.
Choose Your Tools
There are a lot of different ways to plan, and no method is objectively the best. Pick the tools and strategy that suits you. Do you have an artistic personality? You might enjoy Bullet Journaling, a popular trend of creating detailed planning journals filled with personal touches. If you’re more technology-oriented, you could use a computer to create your future plans. Some people prefer plain spreadsheets while others might appreciate newer apps that can help with planning, like these.
Don’t Give Up!
Making plans can feel daunting, and you might be afraid of failure. But if you don’t set any goals, you definitely won’t reach any. The great thing about designing plans for your future is that it can be a private activity. You can set ambitious goals without telling anyone if that makes you more comfortable. Or you can share your dreams with friends and family so they can help you on your path.