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Goal and result oriented planning for success
Welcome to the Virtual 2020 Plan Party! It’s where we come together to contemplate our goals for the next year, share strategies and inspiration, and turn our goals into actionable, measurable, time-based tasks that lead to results and progress in our personal and professional lives. Below is the calendar of our planning assignments.
We may be sharing some intimate details of our dreams, so the first order of business is for everyone to introduce themselves and a reminder to please be respectful of each other’s privacy. Also, I realize that everyone is very busy and that life and things come up. The two planning weeks are supposed to help and not be a burden. Please share as much as you want and lurk as much as you want. I look forward to supporting all of you as far as you want to take this planning party and celebrating with you!
Let’s turn our wishes and dreams to plans and goals.
Here are planners, journals, materials, and apps that some of you asked about to help facilitate planning.
Passion Planner: Lots of women in medicine have been loving the Passion Planner loaded with prompts to stay focused on goals and 40 pages for additional notes (20 blank, 20 gridded). I chose to link to the undated one for more flexibility. The photo below links to the a pretty pink version but I think it’s dated. Check out and download pages of the Passion Planner here to see if it fits your style. Sign up for their emails to get notifications about deals.
Smart Planner Pro: This is similar to the Passion Planner, but for some reason it draws me more. I haven’t tried this one or the Passion Planner yet because I have a pretty set day time schedule, so I don’t find the daily schedule useful. If I have a more freelance/variable life, I will probably get one of these. If you prove your purchase and review on amazon, their website gives a 10% off coupon for all future purchase!
JARBO Bullet Journal: Just about the only thing consistent from one person’s bullet journal to another is that it’s numbered. I figured, why not outsource that to the printer then right? This journal comes numbered which saves time. With 192 pages/96 sheets, this seemed to give me the most bang for my buck. It’s also dotted for more flexibility and has a hard cover for durability. The inside cover contains an envelope for additional storage of loose papers/post-its – all the above planners do, too.
Some of the apps we have mentioned in the DM thread are – Trello and Slack. Here are a few websites that compare Trello, Slack, and other management tools. Review 1. Review 2. Review 3. To be honest, my impression is that these tools are more for working on projects and communicating with remote team members rather than personal planning tools. I would love to hear if anyone has successfully used any of these apps for their own goals.
Google calendar is another tool we had mentioned. More to come on that later.
11/11: Reflecting on 2019
Write down the top 3 things that went well & why, what kind of support did you have to get this done?
Write down the top 3 things that didn’t go so well & why, what kind of support would you need to do this better?
Get feedback from people who know you to see what their thoughts are about why something worked out well or not; or share what you have written and see if they have additional thoughts/agree or disagree.
I’ve shared a photo of my answers in our group Twitter DM as an example. No obligation to post anything. Share as much or as little as you want.
11/13: Writing down 2020 goals
The assignment: Write down your top 3 goals for 2020 & why (why is that a priority goal more than other goals), how will your life be different when you achieve that?
Categories for inspiration: career, side hustle/hobby, financial, spiritual, family, self, based around a word (priority, travel, self care, writing, growth, streamline). A mentor once told me to narrow down the topics I am interested in to just 5. This was very useful advice because as a pediatrician, I am interested in EVERYTHING!!!! Breastfeeding! Asthma! Autism! Obesity! Vaccines! STDs! Periods! Concussions! Constipation! Okay, maybe not so much the last one. 🙂 By narrowing down my interests, It’s easier to let go of some opportunities and stay focused on mine and set goals that are aligned with them. I will share mine in the Twitter DM.
Questions for inspiration: What would your ideal year look like (vacays, work schedule, conference)? What does your ideal work day look like? What didn’t you get to do in 2019 that you want to do in 2020? What did you do in 2020 that you want to continue doing?
Questions for determining practicality: Are these goals that you can break down into small, shorter monthly or quarterly tasks? Are these goals that you can measure?
11/15: Sharing strategies
We may not feel 100% ready, timing may not feel 100% perfect, to start planning our goals, but it starts with imperfect action! I’ve sent a link in the Twitter DM with a google document that reviews a couple results focused strategies to setting goals with examples. They include SMART, OKR, and a tip for getting rid of your to-do list! Please feel free to share other strategies that you found helpful – i.e. templates, routines, accountability buddies, apps – or comment on your experience with using strategies that others have shared.
Try a new technique and put a goal through a few of these models to clarify ways you can measure it and a time frame to accomplish it. Test out different ways to dissect your goals into actionable chunks. Figure out which strategy works best for you and your goals – and you may find that each goal fits best under different models. This exercise will make the next part of planning so much easier when we break down our goal into quarterly and monthly tasks.