In the midst of turning forty (still hasn’t quite sunk in yet that I am forty!) it donned on me that I have now lived half of my life outside of my hometown. I came to Guelph after college in 1997 when offered a temporary job at the University of Guelph. At the time of taking that job, I had no intention of making the Royal City my new home but it has now been almost 20 years and here I remain.
Where to start if you want to make some changes in your life? Well, here is my philosophy: it's important to start with some common stepping stones so you have a solid base to work from. I believe these stepping stones include the guidebook topics you'll see below.
These topics are the core elements in the design of my best life. My best life is still under construction, but having a solid handle on these base essentials has allowed me to move on to more specifics in my design such as doing more things that give me butterflies (eg. writing these guidebooks and starting this website!)
I'm most excited to share with you that the guidebooks covering these baseline life design elements aren't just a compilation of suggestions, tips and ideas. The best part, I believe, is that at the end of each guidebook there is a multiple day step-by-step action guide to help you implement the suggestions in the book. I'm going to systematically walk you through daily activities so that you can consider and design your own formula and I'm going to tell you what to add to your daily to-do list so that these new habits you are developing have a chance to stick.
I personally really enjoy reading about strategies that other women implement in their own busy lives to ease the juggling and circumvent the chaos, but I often get stuck when it comes to exactly how to implement the suggestions they've described in my own life. The guidebooks I've developed absolutely address this concern via the multi-day action plan included at the end of each.
The steps are designed in such a way so that you start by considering a few things about yourself as an individual so that you truly are designing your own formula, one that has a better chance of sticking in your life. After the brainstorming we move on to implementation where you create your own action plan. The third and final step is a follow-up assessment as to your success at implementing your own formula. How do I ensure you do not skip this follow-up? A reminder that we put in your to-do list for several weeks in the future. This reminder asks you to look back and honestly evaluate how successful you were at implementing your design changes and where exactly you can improve. Then, with that new and improved information, we begin designing again from step one. This is how we systematically ensure the formula created through this process fits for you!
Remember, your formula is not going to be the same as mine or anyone else's for that matter. But to speed the process of implementation, it's ok to take my templates and suggestions and build on them to make them your own.
So, that's the design process in a nutshell. I hope you've made the choice that this is the time to create a life that's just for you. Take a crack at creating a formula for the most important elements of your life where you'd like to see change first. It's time to design your formula for life!