It’s Friday, Christmas is over and it’s only 4 more days until 2014.
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One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to look forward and do some creative planning.
Creative planning is a term I use for doing self help exercises like visionboards, goal setting, treasure chests and planning your Perfect Day. You look forward to the future, using your imagination and creativity in a playful and flexible way.
The thing with creative planning is you can be as creative and outlandish and unreasonable as you like. Maybe you prefer to keep it simple, maybe you want to make it so decadent you’ll put billionaires to shame. It doesn’t matter, it just has to feel good to you.
Another a creative planning-exercise I really like is the ‘Ideal [X]’ situation description. You just write a story about the ideal way you want something to turn out. At the end of the year is the perfect time to write down the ideal version of the upcoming year.
And if things don’t come true exactly as you wrote in the creative planning exercises? No harm done. By creative planning you’re still likely to move in the general direction of where you want to go, and you have fun doing it.
The long one of mine is too personal and detailed to share, but the short version goes a little like this.
“I kick ass at my new job. I write for fun. I do yoga. I go places. I hang out with the people I love.”
Get a notebook or a Word document and write down your ideal version of the upcoming year. What type of study results you’d like have, where you want to go, who you want to be with, what type of things you want to be doing.
However minimalistic you want to keep it, focusing on just the basics. Or however outrageous you want to make it, with crazy goals in all the areas.
Is it going to happen exactly as you wrote down? Maybe not. But writing about it like this will get you excited and positive. It will get you motivated to move towards it in real life; your brain will even start making more connections, have more original ideas to make it happen.
Try it for yourself, and see if you like it.