I am my father’s daughter. I was looking through my most precious tool – my planner – the other day and realized half of my “to do list” was on mini scraps of paper. I remember my dad had (and still has) a little notebook or scraps of paper in his car and all around the house with ideas, things he wants to do eventually, appointments, lists, etc. I always thought that was a silly idea and very unorganized at the time, but now realize I do the exact same thing!
I think what it is, is that we have so many thoughts going through our heads that we grab whatever is around at the time and make note of the idea before we forget. It’s a sort of release. It’s like “OK. It’s on paper, one day I will look at it again, but right now I need to focus on my tasks”. To be honest, I’m not sure how effective this system is quite yet. Dad, any thoughts?
The reason I brought this up is because today was a really inspirational and motivating day that made me want to go forward with some of my ideas on the scraps of paper. I had Foundations Training with lululemon in Beverly Hills. Basically, we spent 7 hours with 8 other lulus talking about goals, how to break them down step-by-step, areas of opportunity for us personally and us as a team member in our store, and where we see ourselves in 10 years. I was just so inspired to get back into event planning and reaching some of my goals that I decided to look at all my scraps of paper and get some of them done!
My first step is to set “By-When” dates. What are those? Well, like the words say, it is the date by when I will reach a certain goal or step to a goal.
My 10 year goal: Be an internationally recognized event planner. By when? Jan 2025
How do I get there? Well before getting to the 10 year goal I have to back track and think of the 5 year goal, and then my one year goal.
5 year goal: Work as my own event planner in Manhattan Beach. By when? Sept 2014.
1 year goal: Be hired on as an event planner through another company. By when? June 2012.
Then we took my 1 year goal and broke it down step-by-step to see how exactly I would get there. It looks like this:
- Organize a regional event for lululemon for experience
- Research companies I would want to work for
- Join a networking group for event planners
- Find a mentor
- Define expectations and values of the type of employer and events I want