Intentions vs. Goals vs. Focus Areas
Happy 2020….I’d like to tell you about my New Year’s Resolutions, but I don’t have any. Instead, each year for the past decade I’ve put some thought into the areas of my life within which I feel the most energy.
For this year, the following are serving as my Areas of Focus (AoF):
- Lifelong Learning
Beside each AoF are the top three goals I’d like to achieve. In case you’re interested, I’ve used the free version of XMind: ZEN (for macOS). This is the final map after several iterations. Here’s how I go about deriving this information.
My ‘Six’ Areas of Focus
As I stated above, every year I go through a process of determining the six most relevant areas of my life where I feel most of my current energy should be focused. It’s a method I learned a number of years ago and for nine years six seemed to be the right number of AoF to manage. However, in the template provided above, I’ve decided on seven AoF instead of six. It seems appropriate this year, but if this is your first time doing so, I’d recommend no more than six; It seems to be the best number to successfully manage.