I shared with one of my friend how I do my planning. She loved it so much that I decided to share it with you all. At the end of the year 2017 I had written to her:
Concerning the future one of my favorite ways of thinking about the future is to plan from the future backwards…Right now I do my annual Look Back 2018. No spelling mistake.
Step I: I dream with God what at the end of the next season I long to look back to
I have not finished my 2018 evaluation but these are some milestones. By the end of 2018
- I did become more receptive
that is a big one. I was more of a do-er kind of person. But in this year I developed the skills to receive and enjoy things on a deeper level emotionally. This is on all levels – spiritually, emotionally and interpersonally. This also included enjoying and creating beauty more and “catching” it.. I might get myself a good camera…
- I discovered new places and had real holidays
The years before there were hardly any real holidays. 2018 I did make room for an spend money on discovering new places and I did it with great people I love (Han, you are on the top of my list for people I would like to explore with — we need to do some serious planning on this).
- I streamlined processes and trained my team
I defined values, goals and processes so well that my team knows exactly what to do. Using the formula eliminate – simplify – automate – delegate I reduced the organizational part of my business by 80%. This freed me to be less of a worker or manager, much more of a leader and developer.
- I reduced financial burdens
I sold 30% of my existing stock and transferred it to cheaper warehouses, thus reducing storage cost. I also finished the solar panels on my ship – reducing electricity costs.
- I developed and sold more digital products
I transformed and developed great digital products and the marketing strategies that go with them.
- I strengthened people
Both paid and unpaid I invested in the lives of many people and made them stronger and happier
Step 2: In my spirit I look at what I was given, what I received and what I achieved
And I sense what it feels like. Yes, I am totally happy with what this year has brought – what a great year
Step 3: I pray and plan and work into it
Based on what I want to look back at at the end of the year I plan the specific steps.
That is my year 2018 – what is yours?”
I would love to hear your feedback on this method. So please drop a line and let me know what you think and what tools you use for planning and dreaming.