Happy New Year! I'm so excited to dig into 365 days and 365 new chances. Who else is ready to start this year off?
The weekly planner is based on LaPorte's concept of Desire Mapping. To summarize, LaPorte believes we set goals in a backwards process. We come up with things we want to have, get, accomplish and experience. But, sometimes when we get those things we aren't truly satisfied. So, LaPorte proposes that, instead, we look at our innate desire to feel a certain way that may motivate these goals.
So, for example - how do you want to feel when: you look at your schedule for the week? when you walk through the door of your office? when you fall in love?
I thought this idea was fascinating and I hadn't actually looked at my goals in this sense before. So, this year, in conjunction with my annual SMART goal setting + 2016 reflection guide, I considered how I wanted to actually feel in life and how my intentions and goals could get me to these feelings. How could I structure my days, year, career and life to support my journey to reach these feelings?
After sitting down and reflecting on 2016, I thought about how I wanted to feel in 2017:
- Creative and Inspired
- Intellectually Challenged
- Comfortable - Less Anxious, for that matter.
- Joyful and Grateful
Now, how could I get there? I came up with specific (and SMART - specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, timely) intentions for the entire year (as well as more personal weekly and monthly goals that would support these feelings).
- Return to church and journal at least once a week. I hit a dry slump in my faith over the last six months, and I want to challenge it. I want to feel joy and gratitude in the journey. I want to be inspired by the Bible and the church community around me.
- Travel to at least three new places, including a trip to Zion. Traveling to new places (especially, any outdoorsy-focused trip) always helps me feel revitalized, healthy and grateful to live in such a beautiful world.
- Blog at least once a week. I want to challenge myself to find inspiration and creativity in everything around me.
- Don't peruse social media, unless you are on wifi (i.e., at home). I want to be present in the moment. I want to feel joyful and grateful for what I have and cut down my comparison game.
- Spend Friday nights as self-care time. I want to help myself and help my anxiety.
- Cut down drinking to 2x/week maximum. I want to feel healthy and socially comfortable. I want to learn to confront stress in other ways.
So, here's to good feelings, SMART goals and an intention-focused year! I will keep this blog updated with challenges, progress and (hopefully) success.
What feelings do you want to achieve? How will you get there?