My 5-Year Plan

My fiancé has been raving for the last few weeks about the infamous “five year plan”. It’s nothing ground breaking, simply a life plan laid out for the next five years. Apparently, people with five year plans are not only more likely to achieve the goals they set for themselves, but they often achieve their goals in a much shorter period of time than they set themselves, often around the three year mark.

So I decided it was time to set my own five year plan, and start working towards it today. Before I share my own personal five year plan, I thought I’d give five simple sets to get started on yours.

01. First, make a list of all of the things you want to achieve by the end of your five years.

02. Prioritise your goals based on how important they are to you and how much you want that goal to happen.

03. Make a list of the things you could do to work towards each goal. Eg. if you want to own your own house, make a list of ways you can raise the funds or save the money.

04. Break down your goals so they fit within the five year timeframe. See my example below.

05. Put your goals up somewhere you can see them, such as by your PC, in your office, or on the kitchen fridge. Somewhere you can be reminded of them, and maybe even track your progress.

For my own five year plan, I’ve focused on writing, streaming, and a little bit on my personal situation. Below are a few of my goals I’d like to achieve in the next five years, and the things I’m going to do to try and achieve them.

My 5 Year Plan, work in progress.

It’s not perfect, and still needs a lot of work, but that’s where I’m at right now. I’m pretty damn committed to those goals, so I will be working towards them as best I can, and reviewing them at the end of each year.

What are your goals for the next five years?

Gaming & Blogging Goals for 2014

Goals for 2014! Goals for 2014!
Source: We Heart It #1, #2

I’m not a resolutions kind of girl, mostly because I don’t have a lot of vices that I feel the need to quit. Usually, it was trying to stop biting my nails but I’ve managed to stop that and grow my nails out so I don’t have anything any more! Except…maybe my addiction to energy drinks needs to be curbed…Anyway! I have some goals for this year! Primarily they’re gaming and blogging goals, but I’ve also included a few personal goals at the end.

Gaming Goals

» Reach level 50 in Bard, Summoner/Scholar, Culinarian and Fishing in Final Fantasy XIV.
» Start an EVE Online business with Mz Dazy.
» Complete my second playthrough of the Mass Effect trilogy, this time pure Paragon.
» Finally finish Outlast and, dare I say it, Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Maybe even A Machine for Pigs!
» Try being friendly in DayZ for more than about five minutes.

Blogging Goals

» Blog at least two to three times a week.
» Set up another editorial calendar and stick to it.
» Start tracking my writing via the blog, and share some of my writing. See more writing goals below!
» Track my FFXIV gameplay through a specific blog. Again.

Personal Goals

» Return to the gym, twice a week. Continue training at home.
» Start learning proper swordplay. Practise, often.
» Participate in National Novel Writing Month in November. Win.
» Complete my first novel, Drifters, and the short stories I’ve been planning.

What are your goals and resolutions for 2014? Will this be “your year”?