I am a very goal oriented person. It's how I track where I'm at in my life, where I want to be, and what I need to do to get there. Setting timelines gives me a tangible goal, and allows me to focus on what I need to do right now to make it happen. I will usually write down my goals in my planner, but I just discovered The Timeline Project - an online tool developed by Bayer HealthCare that helps me organize and plan things all in one place.
I have several goals for this year, three of which you can see above. Some of my goals seem like they contradict each other. I want our social media to grow so we can reach more people and empower more inner city youth, but at the same time I want to be able to unplug so that my work doesn't overtake all the other aspects of my life. It's a tricky balance, and I have learned that if I don't set limits, boundaries, and clear goals, areas of my life will suffer. Life is about prioritizing what's most important to you. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made, but if you find yourself sacrificing all the things that make you who you are, then you might have to reconsider if you're heading in the right direction.
Earlier this year I really struggled with keeping my home and business life separate, being a good boss, and being a good mom and wife. I felt as if I was doing horrible at work because I was worried about not spending enough time with my family, and at home I failed because I was stressed about work when I was with my family. It was this horrible cycle of feeling like I was striking out in all the areas of my life that are the most important to me. My sister sat down with me in my office one days, because she realized I was about to lose all my dang marbles. She told me that I needed a plan, and then helped me come up with one. I decided what was most important and the plan I would make to feel like my life was more balanced, and then created a timeline of events so things could change for me.
Write out your goals.
Create a tangible Timeline.
And follow up with yourself.
To create your own online Timeline, click here.