How to Plan for 2023: The Rule of Three with Achieving your Goals
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When you're planning for the future, it can be helpful to use the rule of threes. The rule of threes is a way to break down your goals into smaller and more manageable pieces. For example, if your goal is "I want to get healthier," then you might break that down into monthly goals like "I want to lose 10 pounds this month" or "I want to work out three times a week." Once you've broken things down into smaller goals, then you'll have a much easier time making progress toward them!
First Step: Find a long-term goal for yourself.
▪ Find a long-term goal for yourself.
▪ Choose a goal that is important to you and relevant to the person you want to be; it should also be challenging but not impossible, achievable in the time frame, and something that makes you feel good about yourself when it’s achieved!
Second Step: Make your long-term goal specific.
Although the goal of having a good life is abstract, you have to narrow it down to a specific time frame. For example, you might say that you want to be happy by 2024. That’s not really a goal; it’s just an intention. You need a specific plan for how you're going to get there so that when 2024 rolls around, you have an idea of what needs doing now and what can wait until later.
Another way people fail when they set goals is by making them too vague: "I want more money." What does that mean? How much more? And how do we know when we've got enough? You should try breaking down big goals into smaller ones so they're easier for your brain to comprehend and track over time as well as checking in on whether or not those smaller pieces are still related with larger ones (for example: if one day I decide I would like more money than I currently make at my job but then realize this just isn't possible because the best paying job out there requires me learning another language first). Making sure everything adds up can help avoid disappointment later on down the road!
Step Three: Break the goal into monthly goals.
Once you have your goal in mind, the first step is to break it down into smaller goals. This will help make sure that the big picture remains intact while providing milestones along the way.
Don't be afraid to be ambitious with these monthly goals, but also don’t be afraid to change them later on if you find something else more exciting or important. Having flexibility in your plans allows for more opportunity to adjust course as needed. And finally, even if things don't go according to plan and everything doesn't turn out exactly as expected (and sometimes it won't), don't let this discourage you from continuing on with good intentions and determination—failure only becomes failure when we are unwilling or unable to learn from our mistakes so that we can get back up again stronger than before!
Step Four: Break down each month into smaller goals.
You've broken down your long-term goal into smaller monthly goals. Now, it's time to break down each month into even smaller goals.
These goals should be specific and measurable. "I want to be healthier" is not specific; it's too broad a goal, one that could mean many different things to different people (an important thing to keep in mind when setting any kind of goal). On the other hand, "I want to lose two pounds per week for four weeks" is much more specific and measurable—and thus achievable!
Your monthly goals should also be achievable and realistic: if you're aiming for losing two pounds per week for four weeks with no weight loss at all in the fifth week of your diet plan, then that won't lead anywhere good! And finally, these monthly goals should relate back to your overarching life goal: what does achieving these smaller ones mean for how close we are getting towards our big picture aims?
Step Five: Take responsibility for your circumstances, especially if it's not ideal.
▪ In order to create a strong and effective plan, you must first accept responsibility for your circumstances. This doesn't mean that you can't change anything; it just means that you must be willing to face the facts of your current situation and understand what factors are within your control.
▪ You can't change the past, but if you're unhappy with how things have turned out for yourself or loved ones, don't sit around waiting for someone else to make all of the changes for you. Instead, take steps today toward building a better tomorrow: volunteer at an animal shelter, start eating healthier meals (and throw away all sugar!), or begin taking long walks every morning before work—whatever helps motivate positive change in your life!
Step Six: Use your downtime and stuck time in productive ways.
▪ Plan for travel and work events.
▪ Use downtime at work to plan ahead for your evenings, weekends, and vacations.
▪ Use downtime at home to reflect on the past week's experiences, successes, failures and lessons learned (especially if you are not a morning person). This reflection can help guide you in planning your week ahead.
Step Seven: It can be helpful to use the rule of threes when planning
The rule of threes is a simple, practical tool that can be used to help you plan. It allows you to better visualize the future and see how your plans fit into it. Here's how it works:
▪ Identify the goal(s) for the new year —In other words, what do you want to accomplish by end of 2023? Divide up the year into each month and then into thirds—This means dividing 2023 into three parts (Q1/Q2/Q3) and a further month by month mini goal to reach your larger goal.
▪ Set goals for each third or each month —You'll likely want different goals for each third of the year.
▪ Setting quarterly goals now will help ensure that there are no gaps in planning and execution throughout next year and beyond!
Hopefully, this blog post has given you some ideas for how to plan for the future. It’s not always easy to get started on your goals and stay motivated, but once you do it can be really rewarding! We hope that by reading through these tips you’re feeling inspired and ready to go out there and make them happen.