We have a lot going on around here and I tend to think and over-think. The problem with my over-thinking is that I used to journal and do stream of consciousness and everything would come out and it helped me make sense of it all.

Now I have so much to think about and so much to do and so many distractions that it’s going to take more than that, I think. I’m thinking about writing myself a mission statement. Not just about what I want to accomplish professionally, but personally as well. It’s important that I remind myself what my goals for the future are so that I can have strength in the present. Something that reminds me there’s a reason not to eat that or buy that because there is a greater plan that will provide greater reward.

How do you create a mission statement? How do you remind yourself what you could be jeopardizing with the stupid decisions you make day-to-day?

In the long term:

  • I want to be fit and healthy.
  • I want to have my finances in order and feel less stress about that aspect of my life.
  • I want to travel a bit.
  • I want to have a successful business and only take an office job if it’s something I really want to do.

Paring those down to specifics can be a bit trickier:

  • I want to take up yoga again
  • I want to watch my budget and tame my spending
  • I want to plan a trip to Halifax next summer
  • I want to get more clients for my freelance business so that I know there’s always something I can be working on.

Overall, I want to be healthier, less stressed and more in control. These are things I’ve always wanted, but so far I’ve only ever been successful in the short term.

How do you plan?


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