Did she just say strategic plan? What does that have to do with me??

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life. ~ Greg Anderson

What will creating your life plan do for you? Just imagine…

  1. Every time you pause to read your plan you will think, “I can do this!” And then you will do it.
  2. Whenever you stop to tinker with your plan, to change or rearrange the words, you will think, “Yes, that helps. I’m getting closer to what I really want to do.” And then you will do it.
  3. When you hear someone say something that rings in your heart, you will look at your plan to make sure the essence of what they said is in there. If it isn’t, you will work to incorporate it. And then you will think, “I am grateful to them for speaking what is in my heart.” And then you will do it.
  4. When you are tempted to do something that looks attractive but does not align with your plan, you will say, “No.” And you will mean it.
  5. Every time you share it with your partner, you will become closer, more aligned and in tune with each other. And then you will both do it.
  6. As you teach others to create their own life plan, you will learn what you didn’t know about planning your life. And then you will learn it. Plus you might be surprised by what your students do.
  7. As your children grow and you teach them how to create their own life plan, you will watch them do it. And then you will marvel at what they have done and delight in their happiness. And you will think a thousand thoughts and remember a million memories and know that whatever you did was worth it.

Is it worth your time to decide what you want out of life? Take a moment to watch this video:

Steven Jobs’ 2005 Stanford U Commencement Address

Together we can create your life plan.

Aloha, Auntie Lynn

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Start with what you know

I’d been a manager of clients, projects and people for more than 18 years at work, and I had learned how to use tools to keep me organized. The first was a To Do List, which I mentioned earlier was growing quickly. The second was a calendar where I kept appointments. So far, so good. But not enough.

My burning desire was and is to have a close-knit family. I want each of us to be healthy, safe and wise. It would also be nice if everyone would pick up after themselves, do the dishes and their own laundry, study hard at school, get a job during the summer, exercise daily, eat home-cooked meals, save enough for retirement, go to bed on time, live a principle-centered life…my wish list was endless.

Thank goodness I found Marcia Garcia at GetOrganizedNow.com. She advocated keeping a Master To Do List. And chunking projects to work on a little each day. And to get rid of two bags of things each month (from a reader’s shared idea.) And lots of other organizing activities that made a BIG difference in our lives. However, the first idea that had a huge impact was the Master To Do List.

I find it demoralizing to copy To Do Lists over and over because it wastes time and just magnifies what I haven’t gotten done. Instead of just one list, Marcia suggests keeping your Master To Do List grouped by type. For example, my Master To Do List started out being categorized by phone calls, errands, correspondence, projects and miscellaneous tasks sections. Every week I picked a few entries from the Master List to complete during my week, printed it and carried it in my wallet. As I thought of new things to do or made appointments, I would jot them down on this list. Here is the template for my former Weekly To Do List:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/results.aspx?qu=phone+calls&ex=1#ai:TC010076006|

This approach worked for me for about a year. Until…

Aloha, Auntie Lynn

Why did I invent Framework4LIfe?

More than fourteen years ago I left the corporate world to be a full-time mom to our seven children (though one is in heaven.) Our newest daughter had just arrived home at only five months old. Our oldest had just gotten married.

Being at home full-time meant that we would finally be less rushed, better fed, more healthy, organized and on-time to every appointment. I dreamed of completing creative projects and taking beautiful photos of our growing, adorable children. I imagined harmonious days of closeness, baking hot cookies to welcome my kids’ arrival home from school, eating home-cooked dinners followed by cozy nights reading books together before nodding off to sleep. Life would be so much better!

Reality, however, was different. I had totally underestimated the amount of attention my then four-year-old son would need (and deserved.) Taking care of a young baby took lots of energy as well. The house was more chaotic and messier with everyone at home all day. My To Do List got longer and longer.

In fact, now that I was home 24/7 I could see so many project possibilities every day. Up close they looked more numerous, urgent and necessary than ever. Yet it seemed like I was getting less done at home than when I was working 50 – 60 hours a week. It was hard to finish a thought much less a project with two young children needing care all day plus two more coming home every afternoon and two more independent children needing encouragement. I starting feeling overwhelmed and uptight just as I had when I was working full-time. I felt exactly the opposite of how I had imagined I would feel.

Being a research geek, I knew there had to be something I could learn that could help me. I looked in the library, in bookstores and on-line (the internet was just beginning to blossom.) After all, mothers have been doing this job forever. How hard could it be?

Aloha, Auntie Lynn

Living in the Sweet Spot

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao-tzu

I want my children, grandchildren and readers to know that living in the sweet spot is one of those easy/hard things to do.  You all know what I mean by ‘living in the sweet spot’ — it is when you feel confident, energized and focused.  In the zone. With the force. In the groove.

Living in the sweet spot became easier for me when I defined the life I wanted. Going for that life puts me in my sweet spot.  It is really that simple.

It is also hard because defining the life I want takes time and energy and experience (both good and bad.) Plus I never stop defining what I want because my definition, like me, evolves. I do believe that my framework has given me the tools, and the push I need to get closer and closer to what is really important in my life.

It is not only possible but also critical to live my life in the sweet spot for that is the way I fulfill my promise, live my potential and make my unique difference in the world. Living that way makes me happy (and I want you to be happy, too.)

In this blog I write about how I use my Framework4Life to help define my best life and channel my energy in the direction that is right for me.  It keeps me organized and helps me understand that everything I do, however small, is another step toward achieving my life’s mission.

I think my Framework4Life will work for you, too.  You can use it anywhere.  All you need is a piece of paper and a pencil or pen (or a keyboard and a computer/smartphone.)

I want to give you the benefit of my experience plus point you to others who have made a difference in my life because I hope it will make your life easier.  Maybe you’ll avoid some of the mistakes I made. Most likely you’ll make you own mistakes : ).  Don’t worry. I have found that learning what not to do is just as valuable as learning what to do.

Are you interested? If so, subscribe to my blog. It costs nothing. You’ll gain a lot. Do it.

Aloha, Auntie Lynn