How to make YOUR 5 year plan.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
-Walt Disney

So much can happen in five years, the possibilities are endless. I often get overwhelmed with dreams and plans I have for the future, which leads to procrastination and ends in me binge watching all the Netflix instead of working towards a goal.

Having a five-year plan gives motivation to follow trough and take control, it helps to create focus on your priorities and makes it easier to say no to things that won’t bring you closer to your goals.

But sitting down and actually making a plan for the next five years can be daunting, which is why I collected a few tips to make it a bit easier for you – let’s go.

 

1. Categories

To start off, identify your categories and brainstorm plans and goals that you feel passionate about. Try to be as specific as you can, who will you be with in five years time, where will you live, what will you do. Here are the categories I used to set up my plan:

  • Personal Goals
    This category can be very different for every body. Ask yourself how you see yourself living in five years.
  • Financial Goals
    It can be annoying to think about this, but it is so important. Be sure to be realistic, really look at your financial situation and pinpoint what you want to achieve. Only with a plan can you be sure to reach the financial goals you might have.
  • Career Goals
    Before you can make a career plan that suits you, it is important, that you think about what you truly enjoy doing. What is it that makes you happy? Can you monetize it in any way? Who do you aspire to be like? Research them and ways on how to turn your passion into an income.
  • Fun/ Travel Goals
    Do you want to see a specific country or continent? Do you want to travel the world or do anything else for fun? Bungee jumping, Rock climbing…?
  • Relationship Goals
    This can tie in closely with your personal goals, but try to focus on the people in your life and what you want out of those relationships. Use this category to look at what you can do to improve the relationships in your life.
  • Personal Development
    Never stop learning. It doesn’t matter if you already finished university years ago or are still in the middle of it, make sure to plan which areas you want to improve and how.

 

2. Prioritize

As you do with any good list, or plan, now is the time to prioritize, identify your most important goals in each category.

 

3. Action

Now you want to break your top goals in every category down into actionable steps. Every bigger goal you might have, won’t happen over night. For me, this is probably the most important step, to make sure I don’t get impatient. To have a list of steps that seem manageable can really help you reach those longterm goals you set for yourself.

 

Now you just have to make sure, that you don’t put too much pressure on yourself, things change, plans change, things happen. Don’t beat yourself up, if something doesn’t work out like planned. Your five-year plan can give you a sense of focus and direction, it should take pressure of you by showing you the small steps you can take towards your goals every day.

 

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
-Walt Disney

#AwesomeMonday 7

Another week another Monday. Last week was full of family and friends time, which was brilliant. My fiancé and I also made some great steps in the wedding planning process, as we started designing the invitations. Here are the things I am thankful for this week:

  • Apple Picking with friends
  • Being a godmother
  • Cat cuddles

And to make #AwesomeMonday not just about what I am thankful for, but to also manifest some things I want to achieve,  I thought I’d trow some plans and wishes for the upcoming week into the mix:

  • Do yoga every other day
  • Drink 2 l water a day
  • Live in the moment

 

What are yours?

– JennMartha

#AwesomeMonday 6

Autumn is finally here, the air is crisp, the leaves turn the most beautiful colours and it is sweater weather again – Yay! Last week was exciting, because we adopted a cat, it was very spontaneous and we are head over heels in love with him. So these are the things I am thankful for this week:

  • My fiancé – for being my calm and thoughtful partner in crime
  • My cat – for being the fluffiest buddy of all times
  • Books – I am trying to read more again, I used to love reading, but Netflix and YouTube seem to have taken over my free time. Let’s change that 🙂

What are yours?

– JennMartha

#AwesomeMonday 5

It’s Monday! And today I am actually really excited. No particular reason, just love the fact that I have two whole days for myself, working on new projects. That’s probably the biggest thing I am thankful for this week. But here are a few more:

  • Overnight Oats
  • Friendship
  • Lemonwater in the morning

What are yours this week?

– JennMartha

 

#AwesomeMonday 4

So, it is September all of a sudden. Where did the year go? The last weeks especially feel like they have been escaping me. I have had a lot of work to do and I went to Paris for a few days last week, which was amazing. Here are the things I am thankful for right now:

Now I am really looking forward to slower times, when I have time to work on my own little creative projects and ideas.

August Favorites

Stand Up Paddling

For years I wanted to try Stand Up Paddling and somehow it never happened. A few weeks ago I finally got the chance to give it a go and I really liked it. The Alster in Hamburg is super busy when the weather is nice, but I actually quite enjoyed that.

 

Yoga

Yoga

I have been doing Yoga on and off for about ten years now. I visited classes and did it alone at home with the help of YouTube videos. At the moment I am doing a ten week class which I really enjoy, I learned so much already, my breathing has improved and I started to embrace the slow pace of Yoga. While it feels amazing for my body, it is my mind that really profits from those 90 minutes every week. If you feel restless and unstable, I would really recommend trying a Yoga class, as it will force you to stay in the moment and relax for what would usually feel like a very long time!

 

Wedding planning

wedding

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but my fiancé and I have made a conscious effort to keep it chill. Our Wedding will be very intimate, and we just want it to be a nice day for everyone. Since it will be such a small wedding, some of the decisions seem to be even harder, but I think we are on a good way and I love researching everything. At the moment I am especially looking forward to wedding dress shopping. Yay!