Challenge: Plan the most epic year ever.

Outcome: The planning portion of this challenge took just over an hour, but I spent days trying to figure out what I wanted to accomplish this year. I tend to overestimate what I can accomplish, so I kept things simple and quantifiable. You can find pictures of my Yearly Plan at the end of this summary.

Takeaways: Planning is great, and I’m glad I did it, but the real breakthrough came from the freewriting exercise I did. I closed all the lights, listened to relaxing music, and walked around. Whenever a thought popped into my head, I wrote it down. Some were uplifting. Others were somewhat painful. All were incredibly honest, and the mere act of writing them down was incredibly liberating. I suggest everyone do this exercise at least once—I plan on repeating it each week for the foreseeable future.

Conclusion: Plan for your future, but don’t overreach or you’ll get discouraged and quit. Do the freewriting exercise described above. It’s AWESOME!

Here are the pictures I promised: