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Ultimate Planning System For 2023

plan your life planning Dec 27, 2022

This is it! 2022 is coming to a close. It's time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to 2023. Even though I generally plan my goals in 12-week periods, I do like to start the new year by reviewing what I've done in the past year and to look at the year ahead.

Yearly planning for me means looking back on my accomplishments while looking at the big picture of what I want to accomplish in the year ahead. It's a broader view of what I want to accomplish, while my 12-week plans get down to the details of how I will get there.

There are 4 tools I'm using this year to review 2022 and plan for 2023. Let me tell you about each of them and how they all come together to show me the path ahead.


My Core Desired Feelings

It has been a couple of years since I've reviewed my core desired feelings, which are defined by Danielle LaPorte in her book The Desire Map as "the way you want to feel most of the time." Because "when you set a goal, you're not actually chasing that goal - you're chasing a feeling."

Knowing how you want to feel is fundamental in defining what you want in life and what goals you want to pursue. It's the perfect place to start my review and planning process for the year.

if you want to define your core desired feelings, I highly recommend the Desire Map workbook.


My Lifebook

My Lifebook is a very important component of my yearly planning process. It's the perfect opportunity to review it. Specifically, I like reviewing my strategies and see if they aligned with how I lived my past year.

These strategies are the main link between my Life Vision and my goals that will support me in making that Vision a reality and it's important to ensure I'm still on track.


Lifebook Life Audit Workbook

These last couple of years, I've been using 2 workbooks to review the past year and look to the year ahead. The Life Audit Workbook is directly aligned to my Lifebook and is a great way to make sure I'm still on track with my Life Vision.

The Workbook asks the perfect questions, bringing awareness to where I fell short over the past year, where I can improve, and where I've thrived.

Don't have a Lifebook? No worries! You can still get a ton of value from using it, and it's the perfect way to get a taste of the Lifebook Premium program.


My Brilliant Year Workbook

The other workbook I like to use in my yearly planning is My Brilliant Year workbook (previously known as the Goal Getter workbook and Shining Year workbook). Designed by the wonderful Leonie Dawson, these books are beautifully designed and a fun way to do my yearly review and plan for the year ahead.

I've been using these for several years now and I love the process of going through it. There are both Life and Biz versions of the workbook. I use the digital version of the books, printing the pages that are relevant to my life and business.


How these come together

Yes, there might be some overlap between the different workbooks, but they are different enough that the same basic question can be looked at in different ways. 

I have printed all 3 of the workbooks - Desire Map, Life Audit, My Brilliant Year - and have them together in the same binder so I can refer back to them on a regular basis throughout the year.

And even though I've moved to a digital planning system in Notion for my goal setting and daily planning, I find that having these workbooks in printed form extremely valuable. I do believe that putting actual pen to paper has amazing benefits and this is where I do this.

To me, planning my goals and making my daily plans is much more efficient in digital format. But that's for another post!


I hope this post has proven useful for you and has given you food for thought when it comes to review the past year and looking ahead to 2023.

Do you review your past year and plan for the year ahead? Let me know in the comments! I'd love to know what process you use.


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