I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again. I love making plans. So here’s my 5 year plan.
In my Myers-Briggs personality test one of the categories is if you’re intuitive (N) or sensing (S). Ns are big picture-orientated, they look for meaning. Ss are more detail-orientated, they look for facts. This is the most general way I know of explaining it. Anyway, I am a massive N! Big picture, grand plans, over-arching ideas but without the foggiest idea of how to follow through. Every N needs an S on their team and vise versa.
There are lots of reasons why I love making plans but flexibility is still important. Small plans are great for time management, being productive and completing tasks. But alas, we are not talking about small plans! The 5 year plan is a big one! The point of a 5 year plan is not to stick to it rigorously or measure yourself against a list you wrote years ago. No no no. Despite it seeming like a future orientated exercise, making a 5 year plan is all about the present.
Right now. Think about yourself right now. Where are you? What are you priorities? Where do you want to be? What actions are you taking right now in order to get there? And that’s the crux of it. For me creating a 5 year plan is really thinking what are my priorities right now. If I want to achieve a certain goal in 5 years time what do I have to do in order to get there? What should be my goal for the end of the year? What’s my goal for the end of the month? Create a big plan and work backwards. And the beauty of it is that you can change a plan.
I made my plan recently on a flight to Toronto with my friend Lucy. In the midst of a career crisis she told me to write down my 1, 5 and 10 year plans. And so I did.
Hannah’s 5 Year Plan (created 27/09/17)
- Publish 2nd book
- Get masters
- Write 3rd book? (post-masters/fiction?)
- Launch stationary line
- TV (presenting/docs)
- Sex Ed curriculum/government
- More Twitch livestreams
- Have 1 permanent staff
There you have it. It’s short and it’s vague but for the big plans that’s kind of the best way for them to be. Because now I can work backwards. Now is the time to get my priorities in order and create a more detailed plan in order to make the big plan a reality. At the same time something could happen that shakes up my whole world and I ditch the whole plan and start from scratch. It’s important to make plans so that in your day to day life you don’t feel directionless, having an end goal can help give you a purpose. But flexibility and not being married to your plan will help you make the most out of it.
So maybe you’ll see a stationary line from me in the future, maybe you won’t. Wait and see! I’d love to hear your thoughts on making big plans (career or personal focused) – do you do it or not? And what’s in your plan? Let me know in the comments!