At the end of each year I reflect on the past 12 months and set my New Year’s Resolutions. As part of this process I also spend time updating my 3 Year Personal Development Plan. My 3 Year Personal Development Plan is a simple Google Doc with four categories of information: personal, family, professional, and community. For each category I have 3-7 bullet points with ARMD goals that are tactical.
Here are some example categories and items for a 3 Year Personal Development Plan:
Workout 2x per week
Meditate 2x per week
20 tennis matches per year
10 rounds of golf per year
2 cool sporting events per year
Financial savings (size defined for each year)
Spouse date night every week
Dinner as a family 5x per week
Quarterly week-long vacation
Company size (size defined for each year)
Read one book per month
1 workshop/learning event per quarter
2 conferences per year
6 trips per year
Donate $X per year
2 non-profit boards
Volunteer X hours per month
This format provides structure and personal accountability that is fairly broad. I recommend developing a 3 Year Personal Development plan and reviewing it several times per year.
Have a great 2012!
What else? What other items would you add to your 3 Year Personal Development Plan?