Formatting a 5 Year Plan

When I started my plan I had a hard time imagining what I should even expect out of myself.  To help, before I started writing my goals I listed where I’d be no matter what.  So for me that meant writing down things like:

  • “I’ll be 25.”
  • “I should be 4 years out of college.”

I wrote these down to give myself a good perspective on where I’ll actually be in 5 years.

Next I wrote my five year goals.  These can be anything, make them as big or as small as you want.

  • A target salary
  • A specific job
  • A minimum GPA
  • A starting spot on the team
  • A minimum draft pick
  • A target body weight
  • A better relationship with your spouse
  • A certain amount of savings

A key for these is to keep them realistic.  Shoot high, but realize that if they’re achievable you’re going to realize that and give up on it early.

Next I created a 1 year plan.  I started the same way I started the five year plan – with the overview of where I’d be.  I figured that if I wanted to be on track to complete my five year goals, I should have goals every year.

One of my 5 year goals was to be at a job where I could grow and learn.  In order to be able to get the job that I want, I know I need to do something of value to put on my resume.  So this summer I have a sales job, so I set a 1 year goal of doing a great job at that job – make an impressive number of sales.  That way I can get a good recommendation from the owner of the company (who I know I can get in contact with) and I can put that on my resume. checking boxes

This method of creating a 5 year goal, and corresponding 1 year goals will make it easier to track your progress and stay on the right track.

More on Why to Create a 5 Year Plan

Finally, add a list of what you will do everyday to complete those goals.  If one of your goals is to get a high GPA, you should write that you’re going to do all of your homework and study every day.  If you have your own website and you want to reach a certain number of monthly visitors, you would write something like, post ‘x’ times a week or spend ‘x’ hours a weak backlinking to your website.

Print this list out, set it as your phone lock screen, post it up in your bedroom… This should be all you think about all day every day.  If it is all you think about, you will reach your goals as long as your methods to get there are good ones that will work.


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