1. Consider using the "Wheel of Life" to plan for 2018 individual and family goals.
2. Consider how your goals in each "spoke" of the wheel may consume your resources (time, money, etc...) and balance those resources between your goals for every "spoke".
3. Allocate your time for balance. My definition of balance means making sure you do not over allocate your time and that you invest your time based on your priorities.
4. Start planning your 2018 physical health goals in consideration with the other "spokes" on the Wheel of Life.
5. Download our goals template & worksheet to help you write your 2018 goals.
Consider using the "Wheel of Life" to plan for 2018 individual and family goals.
I discovered the Five book some years ago which introduced me to the Wheel of Life. The Wheel of Life is a visual representation of twelve critical areas of life that warrant attention and planning. For years now, we have turned to pages 15 & 16 to discuss the goals in each of the "spokes" for us individually and as a family.
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. - Tony Robins
I do not excel at the paperwork portion of this task. However, whether it's in a notebook or the apple notes app our goals get discussed and written down. The value we glean from this activity is primarily the conversation. The conversation is what lets us know we are on the same page as it relates to our priorities and how we will allocate our time and money for the year to come. However, history has taught us that without a commitment to writing our goals down we are much less likely to take action on those goals.
...you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis. - Dr. Gail Matthews study on the art and science of goal setting.
Consider how your goals in each "spoke" may consume your resources (time, money, etc...) and balance those resources between your goals for every spoke.
For each spoke on the wheel we assign its priority, identify specific goals and consider the amount of time and other resources that we will contribute to the success of those goals. By the time we are done with this effort we know our priorities for the year which also sets the framework for how we spend our time and money.
Typically our conversations start with the consideration of our career goals and how we will balance making sure the rest of our family goals get the level of effort and priority they require. For example, if we know that either one of us may start a new role at our respective companies we take into consideration the level of additional time and effort it takes to get up to speed in a new position and then we allocate our time accordingly for the different "spokes".
Bonus: Each year we walk through this process it allows us to plan our vacations and all of our time out of the office (school calendar) in January for the year to come. This effort helps us identify conflicts early instead of last minute and helps manage expectations with our employers and with our family. Related Article: The importance of Setting Family Goals - and How to Do It
Allocate your time for balance. My definition of balance means making sure you do not over allocate your time and that you invest your time based on your priorities.
The balance we find through walking through the "Wheel of Life" is not that we are balancing our time equally across all of the "spokes." Balance means that we are allocating our most valued asset of time between what we "must do" and "want to do" proportionately with the understanding that we only get 24 hours in a day.
Start planning your 2018 physical health goals in consideration with the other "spokes" on the Wheel of Life.
Health is a standard "spoke" of a balanced life. Without planning and giving your personal health priority you will miss the mark every time! as As we approach 2018 have you considered where your physical health ranks in your wheel for 2018? Have you thought through the amount of time and effort it will take to meet your goals? Have you identified what other areas of your life will get less time for you so that you can accomplish your physical health goals? Are you managing expectations with your family, peers, etc...
Prioritizing Your Fitness Isn't Selfish - It's Necessary! - Eric Stevens (Related Article)
You can not remove the role physical health plays in a balanced and productive life. The only choice that remains is how much time and effort (and possibly money) you are willing to put into your physical fitness to reap its rewards.