Create a plan to improve your life 1000% this year!
Now that you’ve reflected on 2019 (because, you’ve done that, right?), you’re ready to plan for 2020. Of course, you should start by creating a ten-year plan to make sure you have an epic decade—and I show you how to that in this post.
Once you have your ten-year plan in place, you can create a plan for each 0f the ten years, so that each one will help you move your ten-year agenda forward. One way you can do this is by planning how to improve each year—starting with 2020—by 1000%.
Here’s the process to follow:
- Choose X number of goals (from 1 to 10).
- Decide what the top score is for each goal, and what you need to do in order to earn that top score.
- Come up with a way to break each goal down into chunks, with each chunk worth a certain percentage of the top score for that goal.
And that’s the process you need to follow in order to improve your life by 1000% this new year. I’m going to explain this in an easy-to-understand way below (there’s some math involved, but it’s simple math).
Choose How Many Goals You’ll Work On
You’re going to start out by choosing goals that are important to you and will help you to improve your life. How many goals should you choose? Choose between one and ten. Do the following:
- You can choose ten goals and have each one be worth 100% (because 10 x 100 = 1000).
- You can choose five goals and have each one be worth 200% (because 5 x 200 = 1000).
- You can choose four goals and have each one be worth 250% (because 4 x 250 = 1000).
- You can choose one really big goal that will a huge impact on your life if you complete it in 2020 and have it be worth 1000%.
You get the picture.
First Example: Running
For this first example, let’s say that you decide that in 2020 you’re going to become a runner. That’s going to help you become more fit, improve your health, and help you to develop discipline. Here’s the process you’re going to follow:
- It’s one of ten goals that you’re going to set, so it’s worth 100%.
- Create a schedule of how you’ll increase your mileage each week. For example, in Week One you can choose to run three times and run a third of a mile each time, for a total of one mile (if you’re athletic, you can choose to be more aggressive with your first runs).
- Add up how many miles you plan to run each week (start with one mile on Week One and increase every second week between 5 and 10%).
- Then, add up the miles that you plan to run in total for the year. Let’s say that it adds up to 200 miles. This means that your top score for running is 200 miles. If you run 200 miles in 2020, you give yourself 100% for that goal. If you run 150 miles you give yourself 75%, if you run 100 miles you give yourself 50%, and so on.
Second Example: Losing Weight
Suppose that your second goal for 2020 is to lose 36 pounds. Then the process would look as follows:
- You can give yourself 100% for this goal at the end of the year if, by December 31st of 2020, you’ve lost 36 pounds.
- This means you’re going to lose 3 pounds each month (12 x 3 = 36).
- Each month that you lose 3 pounds, give yourself a score of 8.33 (100/12).
- Therefore, if you lose 3 pounds in ten out of the 12 months of the year, give yourself a score of 83.3 (8.33 x 10).
Third Example: Reading More Books
If one of your goals is to read more books, decide how many books you plan to read in 2020. Suppose you decide to read ten books. Decide which ten books you’re going to read. Then, for every one of these books that you read, give yourself 10%.
If you read three of the ten books in 2020, then give yourself 30% for this goal. If you read all ten books, give yourself 100%.
Fourth Example: Build a Meditation Practice
You fourth goal could be to start a meditation practice. Let’s say that you’ve decided to achieve this goal by completing a 365-Day Project. Your project is the following: you’re going to meditate every morning of 2020 for ten minutes.
Here’s the process you’re going to follow:
- Meditating every morning of 2020 gives you 100%.
- Every day that you meditate for ten minutes, give yourself a score of .274. (100/365).
- Sum up your totals monthly, and then sum up how much you got each month to give you a total for the year.
Therefore, if you meditated 273 days of the year, your score would be 74.8 (273 x .274).
Fifth Example: Wake Up Earlier
If you currently wake up at 7:30 a.m. and you set a goal of waking up at 6:00 a.m. by the end of the year, then waking up 90 minutes earlier by the end of 2020 would get you the top score of 100%. This means that every minute that you wake up earlier is worth 1.11.
So, if you’re waking up at 6:30 a.m. by the end of the year (60 minutes earlier), you give yourself a score of 66.6 (60 x 1.11).
Sixth Example: Learn a New Skill
Let’s say that another way in which you’re going to improve your life 1000% in 2020 is by learning a new skill. Specifically, you decide that you want to learn to blog so that you can create a new source of income. You decide to structure your goal as a 12 x 12 challenge which means you’re going to complete one challenge each month of the year.
You deconstruct the skill of blogging into 12 subskills, and you create a challenge for each subskill. Suppose you come up with the following subskills:
- Subskill 1 – How to Use and Manage WordPress
- Subskill 2 – How to Write for the Web (Content Creation)
- Subskill 3 – Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Subskill 4 – Copywriting (craft compelling copy)
- Subskill 5 – Grow and Convert Traffic
- Subskill 6 – Online Marketing
- Subskill 7 – Using Twitter effectively
- Subskill 8 – Instagram Marketing
- Subskill 9 – Using Pinterest to promote your brand
- Subskill 10 – How to Write an Ebook
- Subskill 11 – Branding
- Subskill 12 – Using Visual Elements to Enhance Your Blog Posts
Each subskill that you learn gives you 8.33% (100/12). If you’ve learned all 12 skills by the end of the year, give yourself 100%.
Seventh Example: Save Money
Another goal you may have is to save money. If you want to save $10,000 by the end of the year, then having $10,000 in savings by the end of 2020 would give you 100%. For every dollar you save throughout the year, give yourself .01 points.
Look at the following:
- If you save $1000 in 2020, give yourself 10% for this goal.
- If you save $2500 in 2020, give yourself 25% for this goal.
- If you save $8500 in 2020, give yourself 85%.
- If you save $10,000 in 2020, give yourself 100%.
Eighth Example: Declutter
You decide that you need to declutter your home to live a better life. In addition, you determine that you’ll give yourself a score of 100% if you pack 100 boxes full of stuff and get them out of your house (either by giving stuff away, donating it, or throwing it out).
For each box you successfully fill and get out of your house, you give yourself 1 point. If you pack and unload 95 boxes, this gives you a score of 95%.
Ninth Example: Create a Morning Routine
Suppose that you decide that you’re going to create a morning routine consisting of the six habits of Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning. You’re going to follow this routine each weekday morning of 2020. That means you’re going to follow the routine 250 times in 2020.
If you follow the routine 250 times in 2020, you give yourself 100%. Each time that you follow the routine you give yourself .4 points (100/250). Therefore, if you follow the routine 125 times in 2020, you would give yourself 50 points (125 x .4).
Tenth Example: Increase Your Focus
As a last example, let’s suppose that your life would be greatly improved if you increased your focus. You decide to do this by using the Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro technique consists of setting a timer for 25 minutes and focusing all of your attention on the task at hand for those 25 minutes.
Specifically, you decide to use the Pomodoro technique four times a day, every weekday, for 2020. As in the pervious example, this means 250 days. Therefore, you’re going to use the technique a total of 1000 times in 2020. Each time that you use the Pomodoro technique, give yourself .1 points.
So, if you use the Pomodoro technique 900 times in 2020, you get a score of 90.
Did You Improve Your Life by 10,000%?
If we tally up how you did with your ten goals in 2020, we get the following:
- Your first goal was to run 200 miles in 2020, and you did, so that’s 100% for that goal.
- Your second goal was to lose 36 pounds in 2020, and you lost 30 pounds. Give yourself 83.3% for this goal.
- Your third goal was to read more books. You read all ten of the books that you wanted to read in 2020, so that’s 100% for your reading goal.
- Your fourth goal was to create a meditation practice. You meditated 273 days out of the 365 days of the year. This means you got 74.8% for this goal.
- Your fifth goal was to wake up 90 minutes earlier. You’re waking up at 6:30 a.m. by the end of the year instead of reaching your goal of waking up at 6:00 a.m., so give yourself 66.6% for this goal.
- Your sixth goal was to learn the skill of blogging. You learned all 12 of the blogging subskills, and you now have a blog. Therefore, give yourself 100% for this goal.
- Your seventh goal was to save $10,000. You saved $9000, so give yourself 90% for this goal.
- Your eighth goal was to declutter by filling 100 boxes with stuff you no longer need. You packed 95 boxes full of stuff and you got them out of your house. Therefore, you got 95% for this goal.
- Your ninth goal was to follow a morning routine every weekday morning. You followed your morning routine half of the time, so you get a 50% for this goal.
- Your tenth and final goal was to improve your focus by applying the Pomodoro technique 1000 times in 2020. You used the Pomodoro technique 900 times in 2020, so you get a score of 90%.
If you add up your scores for your ten goals, you get a total of 850.7. Therefore, you improved your life by 850.7% in a year. Not bad!
I know what I’m going to be doing on the 31st of December! Live your best life by setting goals that will improve your life 1000% in 2020.