My 2022 Action Plan - Part 3

Time is a funny thing. On one hand, a year can feel like both an eternity and a flash in the pan. This is why I think annual resolutions can be so daunting. "What can I actually accomplish in one year? What is feasible?" In January you feel like it's a million things, but by March you may be tempted to delete 90% of your list or just give up altogether. Trust me, I know the feeling. That being said, this is how I set myself up for resolution success and a final Part 3 in our Resolution Series. (See Resolutions Part 1 and Part 2.) Let's start with my 2022 Resolutions. I again chose to stick with the categories of Happy, Healthy and Free for this year, as that continues to resonate with me.

Happy

1) Spend more time with family and friends

2) Complete Intro Course in Waking Up app

3) Integrate into Durango community


Healthy

4) Establish a new morning routine

5) Stay active

6) Work thru Tools of Titans Part 1 on Health


Free

7) Become a freelance writer

8) Participate in Web3 (and find out what this means!)

9) Find an income source that fulfills my financial goals


Once you've identified your resolutions, you then want to determine the actions required to get there. This will force you to quantify your resolutions, if you haven't already. Below is an example of identified actions for my Happiness resolutions.

Happiness Action Plan

1) Spend more time with family and friends

  • Plan 6 friend/family trips
  • Invite friends and family to Durango (Have house ready for guests by March.)
  • See all siblings at least once (Go home for Thanksgiving.)

2) Complete Intro Course in Waking Up App

  • Do 1 meditation during morning routine until completion

3) Integrate into Durango community

  • Coordinate a reoccurring friend dinner in Durango.
  • Join a club i.e. running club
  • Volunteer or work a seasonal job


Notice that I do not leave resolutions to the imagination. If your goal is to spend more time with family and friends, be very specific about what that means. "Become a freelance writer" is very vague, so is "Stay active." You must define and quantify what that means that to you, or it probably won't happen. It also helps you understand whether you're really resolved to accomplish said resolution. Some resolutions will have multiple action and sub-action items i.e. if I want to spend more time with friends and family in Durango, I'll need to invite them to Durango. If I want friends visiting, I need to have the house ready for guests. (Sub-action items are listed in parentheses simply because of the lack of formatting options for this blogging platform. Typically, I would list them under the action and indent.)

Once you've determined your Resolutions and then figured out the actions that will take you there i.e. your Action Plan, I then go one step further and use this to determine what I need to do on a weekly basis. Below is an example to-do list for a week in January.


To-Do List: Week of 01/24/22

Happy

  • Weekdays: Waking Up App (#2 and #4)
  • Book flights for ski trip with friends (#1)

Healthy

  • Weekdays: Morning Walk (#4 and #5)
  • Sunday long run (#5)

Free

  • Publish blog post (#7)
  • Complete Layer3 task by 01/29 (#8 and #9)


I've written which annual resolution(s) that each weekly task is associated with. You can see that I'm heavy on #4 and #5 and have nothing for #3. So the following week I decided to attend the Durango Running Club's weekly Tuesday workout, and it was awesome. Now I'm officially a member of said club and can check that off the list!

Your annual action plan will help you determine what you work on each week and each day. It will also help you make decisions when presented with an opportunity i.e. Does going to the East Coast to ski with friends align with your goals? Why yes, yes it does. Does going skiing with new Durango friends on a Sunday align with my goals? Yes and No. "Yes" in that it helps me make new Durango friends but "no" in that I skipped my Sunday long run (an action under "Stay active") in order to do that. Sometimes you'll have competing goals. In this case, pick the the area/goal you feel you're lacking. I had completed a Sunday run every week of the year, so I felt like skipping one wouldn't completely throw me off.  

Ideally you're reviewing your annual goals every week; I find myself going back to my 2022 Action Plan almost on a daily basis. Am I being overly logical and engineering-y with my resolutions? Probably. Can you do this in your head without writing every little detail and action out? Also probably! And hopefully I'll get there one day. But for now, it helps me to have my resolutions, individual actions and weekly to-do lists written out for me to constantly reference.

A quick note on categorizing your resolutions. For me, I picked values or characteristics that I wanted to embody.  Last year, I felt stuck in a job and city I didn't like, generally not feeling very happy or healthy. I wanted to be free, which meant living in a way that I choose. Being financially independent falls under this category as well.  In Tools of Titans, Tim Ferriss speaks about being Healthy, Wealthy and Wise. Others might pick categories of their life they want to improve i.e. career, community and so on. However you go about it, I think your goals are easier to remember when you group them. And honestly, this has been a game changer for me.

On another note, don't be afraid to fine-tune your Action Plan throughout the year. Typically, I add or edit my actions throughout the year because sometimes, you just don't know what you need to do to achieve your resolutions. By constantly checking your progress against your action plan, you can figure out what works and what doesn't. And sometimes, the resolutions you pick on January 1 just don't jive with you later in the year. For example, I originally resolved to read 12 books this year. This was a carry-over goal from last year. And although I think this is important and will improve my life, I exchanged this goal for integrating myself into the Durango community, which I think is going to give me more bang for my happiness buck.

At the end of the day, do what's best for you. Remember, less is more when it comes to making resolutions. And be patient with yourself. I hope you have a wonderful and fruitful 2022!

Miss Berri

Miss Berri