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The PLAN

Failing to Plan is Planning to fail

We all dream of a better life but few do anything about it. I decided I would spend 3 years focusing only on creating a life I was happy with.

What were my priorities? quit office life, have enough money, time for family & friends, fit & healthy…

So how do you create the life you want?

So I decided to be methodical about this, because I strongly believe there are a number of things and steps that everyone needs to take to be in a position to fly by their own wings. Below are links to the changes I decided to make, in the order I thought best for lasting change.

Change Required

Reason for change?

Done!?

Get more energy To be able to do more than work, eat, sleep May 2011
Get to right weight Even more energy and feel good about myself Jul 2011
Make some time Cut out the crap and focus on the important Aug 2011
(Re) Find my passion(s) The only way to be truly happy: live with passion Sept 2011
Get mind working for me Be fully in charge of your mind/ emotion Nov 2011
Work on a side project Important escape office: start something new Dec 2011
Make even more time Knowing what I want means cut out what I don’t Jan 2012
Stay motivated Road bumps on a journey should be just that Feb 2012
Plan escape route Laying down the plan makes it happen. Period. Mar 2012
Prepare to resign Having succeeded at getting to the edge: Jump! May 2012
Leave office job Because life is for the taking, for the living July 2012

Posts on steps needed to do each of the above can be found at end of this page.

The key question we should be asking ourselves is where are we today? Honestly, how happy are we today on the different segments of our lives?

Having done tons of thinking/ research/ questioning, I came up with a number of tools which I have uploaded for you. A good place to start is the a downloadable sheet called the Wheel of Life: a great way to understand where you are in your life and where you want to get to.

Situation when I started in April 2011:

Getting married in May, about 1 stone over weight (14 stone) and growing, energy levels low, career going nowhere in particular due to the financial crisis, finances ok, no time for much more than work, family and 1 night out a week. Exercise definitely taking a back seat due to time and injuries.

Overall lifestyle feels more like surviving than actually living daily.

Target for 3 years time:

Steady weight at 12.5 stone, high energy levels to always be ready for action/ fun, a great Dad who has lots of time to spend with his kid (a must), have enough money coming in but without working so much I cannot enjoy my life.

Overall a relaxed and fun life, where the things that matter take centre stage.

OK- so what are the steps to do that?

The hard bit… but after a lot of thinking and experimenting, my recommendation is you focus on the following areas of this site and in the following order:

  1. Eating– sort your eating and you will increase your energy and start feeling good about yourself.
  2. Time– create more time in your life by optimising those things that eat up your valuable 24 hours in a day.
  3. Get fit– You’re starting to loose weight, feeling good and now have more time for fun exercise. Time to find something you enjoy doing exercise wise.
  4. Mind– That is the last piece of the puzzle, and for me the last, all the small victories I already had thanks to my eating, time management and fitness meant my confidence in me are higher than they have been for years… feels like I can do anything, so why not try it!

Ready for action? Read these:

Discussion

6 thoughts on “The PLAN

  1. Wow, that was an impressively clear strategy you had, good step by step but you make it seem almost too easy dude, especially doing it so quickly!

    Posted by Danny R | July 29, 2012, 21:38
  2. Have you tried meditating? Works really good with me on the mind stuff.

    Posted by fred | August 21, 2012, 21:43
    • Until I resigned from the office, I rarely managed to meditate, but now I try to incorporate it in a “morning routine” (think American Psycho but let energetic!). Stretching, pilates, kettle bell and finish off either with meditating or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, a new thing I’m trying out, interesting results)

      Posted by patarcher | August 22, 2012, 07:34

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