The 2018 Seasonal Living Workbook
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There are many options available for goal setting and calendar planning available these days. I am a big fan of workbooks and use a couple each year. They help me manage the regular patterns of my life as well as the transitions, projects, and inevitable unexpected opportunities. What follows is my distilled process to get my big goals accomplished.
I have learned that it is best to start with a vision of the end results I desire. Then, work back from there. So, the first pages of this workbook ask you to identify your end of year goals for these areas of a seasonal life:
You do not need to tackle all four areas. The opportunity is present in this workbook for you to consider the quality of your seasonal life from a well-rounded perspective. Even if you just choose one of the seasonal themes and work through the planning, you will feel more connected to the narrative of your year. You’ll see the possibility of seeing your seasonal goals unfold.
First, let’s talk about seasonal living. It is a term used to describe a lifestyle that is slow enough to notice the seasons unfold, day-by-day, and keep you connected to the natural rhythms of time. We choose a seasonal lifestyle to counteract the feelings of overwhelm, isolation, and disconnection the modern, tech-driven lifestyle can create. Seasonal living, for me, begins with food in my kitchen. It then moves into my wellness aspirations, and finally impacts the way I manage my garden and home. You can begin in any one of these themes while creating your seasonal life and see how setting that goal informs your intentions and desires for the other three areas. Click here to see how I use this process for my own planning.
To help, let’s define these four thematic areas of a seasonal life! This is a journaling exercise that can be made more intentional by lighting a candle, playing calming music, and seeing what your pen reveals. Writing is an obvious way to respond to the questions, but feel free to draw out your feelings about them as well. Also, feel free to use your existing journal if this space is not adequate.
After you have identified your goals, working backward from the end of the year and through the seasons, you’ll have the opportunity to plan out each month by season. You’ll create a weekly checklist of your one thing that, if accomplished, will move you visibly closer to that end of year goal.
Turn through the pages and see how this FREE planner and workbook is organized. If you would like a little support before you get started, please schedule a free half-hour conversation with me. I’d be glad to help you get started!
Quarterly check-in as the seasons change
When we get to the change in seasons, at the end of March, June, September, and December, it’s time to sit down with your planner and make adjustments. Here are some questions to guide the process:
- How am I doing with my ‘one thing’ each week?
- Have my life circumstances changed creating tension with my original goals?
- Have I moved faster than first thought toward achieving my goal(s)?
Make adjustments for the next three months remembering that the planner is a living document reflecting both the reality of your seasonal life and your aspirations.
Once again, here’s the link to the FREE planner download. Enjoy!
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