Welcome to the first in our three part series of planning, where we break down exactly how to 1) develop a plan, 2) work the plan and 3) debrief the plan.
Wait! Before you roll eyes and quit reading, this wellness plan is nothing like you’ve ever seen before. Seriously! I’m going to tell you to toss the idea of SMART goals out the window. Writing in a calendar? What calendar!
You see, while I was looking into what others had to say about creating a wellness plan, what first came to mind was “YUK! I don’t have time to do all this. SMART goals? For everything I want to accomplish!? Schedule everything on a calendar like it’s an actual meeting?! Find support groups or someone to be accountable to?”
“Are you kidding me? I’m going to need a plan to start my plan! That and another 24 hours in my day! I don’t have time for a wellness plan!”
We understand that life gets in the way of EVERYTHING! If it didn’t, we wouldn’t need a wellness plan. So, this time, instead of letting life get in the way, your wellness plan simply becomes a part of said life. The next time life gets in the way of something you want to accomplish, it won’t derail your wellness plan, because you don’t actually have one.
Fine, it’s a plan, but it’s also not. What it really is, is a decision.
Three Simple Steps to Create Your Unique Wellness Plan (not-a-plan)
Decide to be well. Make the choice to live your best life. By simply deciding, you have already begun. Feeling a bit hopeless and want to wallow a bit longer? We’ve all been there, but eventually you have to choose hope over cynicism.
You may have to decide a few times a week to be well. That’s ok; you’ve still made the decision to be well.
Think about all the things you love to do, and write them down. Think about all the things you have to do, and write those down, too. Think about all the things you hate to do. Don’t write those down; they don’t deserve that much attention. Just be aware that they are not your favorite things, although many of those things are probably necessary and required (like laundry), so instead of hating them, look at them as a path to get you to the things you love (like clean-smelling clothes).
3A) CREATE A SIMPLE PLAN
Take those things that you love to do and make room in your busy week, for at least one of them. Two or three would be nice, but let’s be realistic here – one step at a time. Take those things that you have to do and make them more entertaining. For example, cleaning your house – play music and dance while cleaning. I know, cheesy, but it works if you decide to let it work. Another example could be grocery shopping. Get excited about cooking one meal that requires a real recipe with real ingredients and cook it while listening to music and enjoying a glass of wine (or two). Make the entire process from researching the recipe to shopping for ingredients to cooking to enjoying a meal at a table with your family, an intentional evening. One to be savored and remembered.
3B) CREATE A DETAILED PLAN TO ENSURE CONTINUED WELLNESS AND BALANCE
Disclaimer: Step 3B is for those that love to actually plan and need to write things down. This is already a part of your lifestyle and how you function. If you are one of those, then by all means, use ALL the tools.
Now that you’ve created a simple plan, let’s create a detailed and balanced plan. Meaning time for yourself, time for your family and friends, time to dance, time to be outdoors, time to exercise, time to relax, time to stretch, time to breathe.
Create actual appointments to do the things you love to do. Use your calendars, your digital tools, your smartphones, whatever works for your style. Your calendar is meant to keep you on top of things, so use it for you, not against you. Be just as loyal to the appointments you set for yourself and your family as you are for your business or your clients.
Questions for Further Thought
Need some help in your decision to be well? Not sure how to say yes to that? Ask yourself these three questions, and then answer them. Honestly.
a. How many hours a week do you actually work?
b. How many hours a week do you want to work?
a. How many hours a week do you actually play?
b. How many hours a week do you want to play?
a. How many hours a week do you actually meditate, practice mindfulness or participate in spiritual activities?
b. How many hours a week do you want to meditate, practice mindfulness or participate in spiritual activities?
How big is the gap?
Don’t over-analyze, just look at the numbers. Now decide to bridge the gap. Doing that might mean cleaning out the negative, whatever that may be, and it may not be easy.
If you are struggling with this, contact us. That is what we are here for. To help you bridge the gap, and our Discovery Session will do just that and more.
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Stay tuned for Part Two: Work the Plan. We’ll inspire you with ways to do so. In the meantime, check out our Self-Care September Plan.