Planning Your Life Using Hotspots

DSCN2229Caption: I decided to separate my personal phone from my business phone. Personal Phone is an iPhone 6S, business phone is a Blackberry Classic. 

I came across this idea of “hotspots” on the A Life of Productivity Blog. I like hotspots, because rather than using abstract descriptors for the areas of our lives, it uses pretty clear descriptors.

Here are the hotspots:

  1. Mind
  2. Body
  3. Emotions
  4. Career
  5. Fun
  6. Relationships
  7. Finances
  8. Spirituality

Because Faith is such an important component of my life I added “Spirituality” as a final hotspot.

STEP 2: 

From there I listed what each category means for me:

Mind: Reading, Education/Training, Strategic Thinking & Idea Generation

Body: Health, Sleep & Diet

Emotions: Regulation

Career: Fundraising, Programming, Marketing and Executive Development

Fun: Travel, Date Nights, Bucket List, Scrapbooking

Relationships: Social Time

Finances: Obligations & Savings

Spirituality: Prayer and Praise

Step 3: I created a list of 2016 goals under each hotspot. I specifically created 4 goals per hotspot. that way I could focus on specific goals each quarter. A long time ago, I started planning my goals and life according to quarters, which matches the business world. 3 months is enough time to make changes, and also to make corrections. A year is too long for me to wait to review the progress on my goals.

Step 4: Prioritize! Below are my goals for the first quarter of 2016.

Mind: Read daily for 30 minutes.

Body: Eat a piece of fruit every day.

Emotions/Spirituality (I combined these too): Keep an answered prayers jar.

Career: Meet with a mentor/thought partner once per month.

Fun: Scrapbook on Sundays/once per week.

Relationships: Send 1 “Thank You” note per month.

Finances: Set up & use frequent flyer miles on all major airlines.

Step 5: Set yourself up for success by including accountability. 

Accountability Check 1: I’m a visual person, so I plan to post my 1st Quarter Goals in strategic areas around my house:

In my office, in my planner

Accountability Check 2: Every Sunday I plan to evaluate my progress during my Weekly Review (the time that I review my calendar, scan and file documents, etc.)

Accountability Check 3: Schedule in my calendar with a pop up e-mail 3 months from now to review the status of my 1st quarter goals.

What are your goals for this year? What accountability measures do you set up to help set yourself up for success? 

Now I’m off to create my 2016 Vision Board. I’ll be back soon 😉