This usually goes into my personal journal, but I am going to document my first attempt at the Weekly Planning Workbook here so that hopefully it can drive me to be more accountable to my goals and plans.
STEP 1: CONNECT AND VISUALIZE THE BIG PICTURE
This is a little bit of a struggle. I have thought about the big picture many times and it keeps changing. Right now, as vague as it sounds, I simply hope to be able to find my passion(s) and work towards self-employment.
STEP 2: CELEBRATE LAST WEEK
- Applied for more jobs and got one interview set up for the coming week
- Wrote at least twice this week on my blog as planned
- Exercised twice this week and signed up for a new gym membership
- Listed my first local tour package on Triip. Now anyone can be a tour guide and get paid.
- Caught up with a few friends whom I have not met for some time
- Attended a friend’s wedding dinner, felt happy for her and enjoyed myself despite attending alone
- Settled the moving in of a new refrigerator for my frustrated mother after many screw ups with the order
- Helped my sister with errands for the car while she is out of town
- Bought lunch for someone who interviewed me over Skype for a job a few years ago. Although I never got a job offer with the organisation, I am grateful she went the extra mile to recommend me to someone else.
- Having a partner who continues to show support and concern without imposing on my decisions and friends who try to be understanding about my ideals
STEP 3: WRITE DOWN MAJOR LESSONS
Major Lesson: Words can bring us up or down. I wrote about it earlier this week.
Meaningful Quotes: “Not all who wander are lost.” -J. R. R. Tolkien
Sources of Inspiration: The late Scott Dinsmore continues to inspire me with his Live Your Legend revolution.
People I’d Love to Meet: Khatijah (the supervisor I never had) and a few friends that I care about
Inspiring People I Did Meet: Khatijah
STEP 4: ANALYZE WHAT DIDN’T HAPPEN
For all the applications I had sent out, I did not get as many job interviews as I had expected. I reckon this has to do with my intentional move to step out of the social work profession to find alternative ways of giving back to the community. My work experience screams “Medical Social Work” and the only places that I get calls for are from the hospitals or nursing homes.
Our business Oh Dawling is slowing down. I am not actively doing what I want to be doing for the business.
My attempts to get some freelance work (e.g. travel writing) have been futile. I need to build up my portfolio if I am seriously considering a possible career in writing.
STEP 5: CLARIFY AND COMMIT TO YOUR BIGGEST OUTCOMES
- Obtain better sleeping habits and get at least 7-8 hours of rest every day
- Obtain a regular exercise routine at least 2-3 times a week
- Clear out clutter from my room and sell whatever I no longer need on Carousell
- Learn video-editing skills and make a video documentary
- Study for IELTS and sit for a testing
- Prepare for Oh Dawling Christmas sales
- Practise writing and continue to express through any creative means
STEP 6: SCHEDULE EVERYTHING
Most Important Tasks (MIT) to be put into schedule first: No. 1, 2 and 3
Although Things was recommended, I need a programme that runs on both Mac and Android so I have decided to just stick with my existing planner DigiCal for now. I put a widget on my phone that allows me to see the agenda for each day. So all I need to do now is to fill in the agenda for the week. I will update again if this works out for me.
STEP 7: FILL IN THE GAPS & HOUSEKEEPING
What’s left to do? Job interview. Make my new ID card. Gatherings with friends and family. Muse concert!
Who else can I help this week? My mum.
Who could help me accomplish what I have planned for the week? My partner.
There, I’ve done it! I hope this planning ahead would help me to feel less disoriented and more focused during the week.