A couple of years ago, my friend Brian Howard shared with me a life planning tool to help me prioritize and set goals for my personal life. Businesses and churches have many resources to help people be more productive and focused on the job, but most of us live our personal lives on autopilot. It is no less important for us to know what to prioritize in our personal lives and have a plan of action than our professional lives.
Over the last couple of years, this life planning tool has been very helpful for me to intentionally think through what are some of the most important things in my life and develop a plan of action for them. When I first used this tool a few years ago, I discovered an unexpected priority that I spent a year working on: patience. I prayed about this almost daily and saw God do some great things in my life regarding patience as a result. In 2014, I spent the latter half of the year focused on my personal health and wellness, lost 35 pounds, and am now in the best physical shape of my life. I have not yet completed a life plan for 2015, but as this year draws to a close, I will be thinking more about my life and what lies ahead.
I’ve taken Brian Howard’s life planning tool and reworked it to better fit the way I think. My version of the Life Planning Tool is available here if you’d like to give it a try and implement for 2015.
Some personal goals you may consider:
- Read through the Bible
- Pray the prayer covenant every day.
- Date your wife one night every week
- Plan a personal budget, get out of debt, and give more generously
- Spend more time with your friends or family
- Read more extensively
- Lose weight and exercise
- Make a career change
If your personal life is in need of attention, the Life Planning Tool can help you think through your life, hear from the Holy Spirit, and make a plan for action.