Benefits_VectorEarlier this year I wrote about blogs I read on a daily basis, and I mentioned The Passion Planner. I bought one late in February, used it in March, and lost interest because my focus was on my health issues and getting well.

At the end of October, I decided I would get my act together and be more aggressive to find work because Greg and I had this goal of buying property in Vermont. So it was important for us both to increase our incomes, minimize debt, and set goals for three, six, nine and 12 months and ultimately stretch those to what we would like to accomplish in five years.

However, now that I am flying solo, it’s more important than ever to have a solid plan for the new year. I have many projects in the pipeline that include the ongoing gigs, but also an editing client and writing for Newsday.

To help me achieve my goals, I went ahead purchased the Passion Planner again. This time, I intend to stick with it because I have so much going on, and I can’t keep it all in my head.

What I like about the Passion Planner is that it shows how to break down short and long term goals into actionable steps and incorporate them into daily life. Angelina Trinidad, the creator of the Passion Planner, suggests you draw a mind map of what you want to achieve in three months, one year, three years and in a lifetime. Here’s what my roadmap, created in Scapple, looks like, but I added what I want to achieve in January, February, and March:

Rebeca's Road Map

Next, you want to break down each goal further what Trinidad calls the Game Changer or the goal that has the most positive impact in your life. I chose losing five pounds in January because it is beneficial for my long-term health:Five pound Loss Map

You can break down the steps even further to micro-tasks. For example breakdown the workouts to yoga, weights, and some aerobic activity.

What other goodies does the Passion Planner have to make you want to keep you moving towards your goals? Inspirational quotes like:

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end” ~ Seneca

Apart from the quotes, there are exercises to keep you on task, space to write the good things that happened to you during the week. An area to prioritize work and personal projects, blank space to doodle, brainstorm, mind map, write more lists, phone numbers, addresses, etc. Apart from the organizational value, I view the Passion Planner as a cheerleader to keep you excited in achieving your goals. And honestly, considering how 2015 turned out for me, I think I need some positivity in my life.

Happy New Year, dear readers. Let 2016 be the year of good health, prosperity, joy, and President-elect Bernie Sanders.