Crazy Happy Gorgeous New Year to you and yours – the people you love and the ones that annoy the ‘too tight’ pants off you. Come one, come all – it’s time to get 2015 underway and I for one refuse to resolve.
Why? I’m glad you asked…
I have bigger plans to land my friends and making resolutions won’t get them done. Don’t get me wrong here – I will be donning a fancy new set of workout clothes and prancing about my living room – huffing and swearing, pointlessly at Jillian Michaels (my torturer of choice after ahem, months of inactivity) as she explains how I’m going to benefit from combining deep squats with cross body punches.
I will be joining Jason Vale & the rest of the Juice-o-matics for a week long, post Scoffmass, juice only marathon – hoping and praying to the goddess Pineapplia for a reduction in trouser bulge by February.
However these are not resolutions – they are annual necessities brought on by my foolish over exertion with crisp packet & cork popping. We all do it – we all call time come NYD. Let’s agree that we shall eat less crap and move more in January. That way we can jump to the nub of the thing.
The big hairy arsed point of January. I’ve decided to rename it Planuary! Yes I have and there isn’t a damned thing you can do about it. So you might as well find a pen and crack open a new notebook. We are heading into a month of planning – we are eschewing puny resolution listing. We are going to devise a more robust process.
We are going to Trouble Shoot the Shit out of it.
If you were a company I’d be segmenting your business into key areas, collecting a shed load of data from each one and digging around in your strategy cupboards to come up with some notions & a sneaky set of quick wins – to settle us in for the hard yard.
In fact that is exactly what I’m suggesting we do in January. Instead of writing a list of things we may or may not do – I’m suggesting we take this new year drive for new things seriously and lay the foundations for some ‘proper job’ change and pull off some goal setting that serves our deeply felt purpose.
I figure if we tread the demonstrably effective business analysis route – we can create a process that might just bloody work. Then where will we be? If you’re anything like me – quaking with fear & calling the fear monster…
But I intend to do battle with Norbert* by having a properly worked out plan that can be implemented by me – not some idealised version of me. (*mine has a name – just accept & keep moving – the good shiz is coming…)
Ideal me can design fully functioning, beautiful, cutting edge websites with forums & whatnot in about a week. She works out every day, eats only wonder nourishment & she can sing. She speaks a few languages & doesn’t kill plants just by liking them too. Oh and she’s got a dog…
First Rule of Trouble Shooting Planuary:
Thou shalt have no other you but you.
Simple enough. Forgive yourself this instance for everything you didn’t do last year & everything you feel you should want to do but don’t. Dump it all. Write it all out on pages & pages of paper you are willing to destroy & when you have honestly rid yourself of all false expectation and guilt fuelled shouldings – destroy it all. Fire, scissors. Shredder. It doesn’t matter how you do it – just do it – with intention.
You are free – as free as you can allow yourself to be. Your planning is for you and no-one else. There will be time enough to look at the impacts of your plans. For now you are getting ready…
While we are thinking up rules let’s have a couple more. I don’t like rules much – so I will limit myself to 3.
Thou shalt allow no limitation!
As the great Dr. Frank N Furter sang ‘don’t dream it – be it‘ this will be an exercise in allowing your potential and seeding the future – we won’t bore ourselves with all the reasons why we can’t do a thing – we will just break it down into smaller goals until we have a set that we can get going on. By the time we get to prioritising our plans – we can return to a place of hard nosed reality. For Planuary we need to be free to imagine it all… Every unicorn riding mile of it.
Last Rule of Trouble Shooting Planuary:
Do it your way.
Don’t be afraid to pick and choose ideas that work for you. You can modify. Every personal trainer worth their Kettlebells will tell you that modification is the key to consistency & success. So you can start the process of trusting yourself right now and change these rules to suit yourself.
I know! It’s great huh? You get to take full control of your Planuary from the get go. Including doing it in February if you want to and absolutely not referring to it as Planuary – a name I’m already regretting… But it suits me in this moment so I’m sticking with it so there.
So with my current rules in place and my determination to apply some basic change management tricks to my planning for 2015 – I am ready to begin phase 1. Oranges are not the only fruit – or Life Segmentation which sounds so toss worthy I fear we won’t get past phase 1.
Life Segmentation – working title only (ok you got me I have made a new year resolution – not to get tripped up when it’s not perfect. So we’re living with Life Segmentation. Ai ai ai…)
You’ll need to divide your life into areas that work for you. To return to the business model I use –
Clearly this needs modifying for a personal plan. You might keep finance, and you can rename operations to cover your skills and activities – but beyond that it’s starting to feel a bit forced.
So I’m going with:
Leisure (General & Holidays)
At this stage we’re just collecting information. So for each section, scribble down the good, bad, ugly and missing. No holes barred – all of it messy, happy or crappy. No judgement and no sorting into priority or even feasibility. It all gets included. The idea here is to get everything out – if it helps and you’ve got one – you can do some of this in conversation with a friend.
I prefer to write it all down – but you can draw it, collage it, speak into a bucket if you wish. Just get it all out there.
That’s pretty much Phase 2 done.
What you’ve got – is the brilliant raw material for your planning.
The next thing you’ll need to consider – is what the bloody hell it all actually means.
It’ll get messier before it gets sorted into a plan.
I’m betting this will take you some time – if I’m honest I haven’t started this year’s process – so I’m leaving it here for a week – while you go off to ponder your muddle. Don’t worry about being comprehensive or pretty – just get going with your New Year Brain Dump.
Pre Brain Dump Guided Meditation
If you are quivering in the face of a brand, spanky new notebook filled with blank pages, silently mocking your hesitation – take a few minutes to listen to this little guided meditation. I have made it in the spirit of having a go and sharing. It’s a simple technique used in a lot of shamanic practice and I have always found it useful to drop into a calmer, less ‘busy’ head space in order to do this type of planning. Just click on the image which will take you to a sound cloud track – I recorded this spoken meditation and message on my phone – magical technology – which also explains the odd swish of a passing car. It’s all there in the mix – and in the spirit of booting ‘perfect’ to the curb I’m flowing with my go right now and posting my gift with love x
Happy New Year Lovelyones