Do you have a life plan

A life plan? That's rubbish…

I had my biggest life crisis so far in 2008, which ended in the water box moment (see also "About me"). In retrospect, I would call it a kind of midlife crisis. Before asking: No, I didn't buy a Harley back then ...

But what happened?

On the face of it, everything was fine. A great woman, healthy children and a well-running company. But something was missing. Stuck in the hamster wheel of day-to-day business, I had completely lost the fun in my work and in my company. I felt empty and burned out.

To compensate for my dissatisfaction, I tried to buy myself moments of happiness with consumption and material substitute satisfaction. That culminated in the fact that at the time I didn't own a Harley but three cars ...

Additionally, I didn't really appreciate the things for which I should be infinitely grateful. My family, my health, my safety ... After all, there was no time for that.

The bottom line: I was as far removed from a healthy work-life balance as Vladimir Putin was from being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Something had to change, the question was how.

I was looking for the right signpost, a fixed star that I could use for orientation. I needed a sat nav for my life.

The life plan

There is a lot of literature on the subject of work-life balance (I hate that term !!!) and you can read a lot about it on the Internet. Everyone with 10 years of life experience gives quick fixes, ultimate tips and reveals "the secret" ...

After a few half-hearted attempts to change something, I came across the concept of the life plan. “A life plan? They can't be serious… another nonsense ”, was my first thought. Nobody can plan their life.

But when I came across the concept of Michael Hyatt's Lifeplans, I decided to give it a try. After all, what did I have to lose? The imbalance in my life finally became more and more blatant.

Lo and behold, this kind of life planning was the turning point for me. Planning your life is not about planning your life down to the last detail. That doesn't work anyway. It is more about not losing sight of the essentials and setting goals for orientation.

See also my article: 'Why you should put your machete aside for a moment'.

Over the years, I have refined the handwritten life plan that I created at the beginning. In the meantime it has become my own life planning system: "The navigation system for life".

Before I go into that further and introduce you to the individual components of pragmatic life planning, I would like to refer to my free webinars on the topic: "Get off the hamster wheel in 4 steps". There I will present my "Navi for Life" in detail!

Here are the main areas that make up my life plan, the "Navi for life":

1. The funeral

Imagine your own funeral in your mind. All people who are dear to you and important to you are present.

How would you like to be remembered by these people?
What will these people say about you at your funeral?

Here I am looking at the following people:

God

My wife

My children

My parents

My friends

My colleagues

These thoughts alone can reveal some grievances and provide for a new "route planning" for the priorities.

2. The accounts

This is the heart of the "Navi for Life". I record all important areas in my life and sort them according to importance. For me it looks like this:

  1. God
  2. I - health
  3. I rest
  4. I - personality
  5. Sonja
  6. children
  7. Parents / brother
  8. Friends
  9. job
  10. Finances
  11. Voluntary work

I see all of these areas of life as accounts, analogous to bank accounts. Many are in the plus, some are balanced or slightly in the current account (overdraft facility) and some are hopelessly overdrawn.

I imagine the ideal for each area. So what would the account look like if it were full?

Here as an example my ideal in the area of ​​"I - health":

  • I am slim and strong. I enjoy excellent health and am very fit
  • My heart is strong, my veins free
  • Thanks to my good immune system, I am armed against diseases and allergies
  • I exercise at least 5 days a week and eat healthy
  • I have enough time to rest

In the next step, I will record how this account is currently doing. I'm mercilessly honest. Whitewashing and rose-colored glasses don't help at all at this point.

In order to close the gap between the ideal and reality and to bring the corresponding account back into positive territory, action must be taken. A battle plan is to be drawn up. To do this, I define very specific measures and milestones that bring me closer to the ideal.

To stay with the example of "I-Health", here are my corresponding measures and milestones:

  • Exercise 5 days a week
  • Regularly to yoga
  • At least once a week on the rowing machine
  • Nordic walking with Sonja at least once a week
  • Every morning some stretching / abdominal training / pushups
  • Avoid fast food completely
  • Keep weight at 84 kg, check every morning
  • Drink more water in the office

In order to stay tuned to the individual tasks and not lose sight of the milestones, I transfer these points to my FOKUS planner.

3. The bucket list

Another part of the life plan is the bucket list. It's kind of a to-do list of a lifetime. There I record all the things that I still want to do and achieve in my life ... before I give up the spoon, hence the name ...

In principle, you will answer the following questions:

  • What do I want to be?
  • What do I want to do?
  • What do I want to visit?
  • What does success mean to me?

For inspiration, you can take a look at my spoon list here: “My bucket list and why you should have one too”.

4. The planning

Now it's getting concrete. At the end, I distribute all the important milestones, measures and points from the bucket list on a timeline over the next 10 years.

This gives you a great overview of what you want to achieve by when. Just a life plan.

Now it's your turn!

Take the necessary time to create your life plan. In the beginning, preferably one or two days. Withdraw and take the opportunity to think about your life and your priorities in peace and quiet.

Before I forget:

All of our lives are not static. Accordingly, we always have to reschedule, break new ground and assign different priorities. Therefore, the life plan should also be checked and adjusted on a regular basis.

Twice a year I take a break and rewrite or rewrite my life plan. Just recently I did that again as part of my vacation.

One more recommendation at the end:

The GPS for life is an important part of entrepreneurial freedom. But only one in four. The other areas that you as an entrepreneur should dedicate yourself to for less stress and more self-determination can be found in my entrepreneur freedom puzzle:

The entrepreneur freedom puzzle shows you all the important areas for you as an entrepreneur and your company:

I offer seminars or online workshops for each of the puzzle pieces. There is sure to be something for you too!

Do you already have a life plan or questions about my "GPS for life"? Then just leave a comment. I look forward to our exchange.