A (very vague) 5 year plan.
A (very vague) 5 year plan.
Just over 18 months ago I wrote this post. A post about how I didn't really have a life plan but all of my friends did. Ironically, I wrote about how I felt settled and happy in my job, in my flat, and in a city that I loved and how losing all of that scared me. What I didn't know, was that 6 months later, I would give it all up and my life would be more or less turned upside down as I did the exact thing that scared me.
I wrote about how one of my friends had told me that he wanted to have achieved certain things at his job, and then would be looking to move on and that was his short-term plan. I wrote about how I didn't really know what I wanted within the next few years and had started to panic that maybe I needed a plan too in order to be successful and not fall behind.
Well, since then I've certainly developed more of a plan. I've learned that it's certainly helpful to have a vague idea of what you want to do and achieve in order to give yourself some motivation and goals to work towards.
However, having too much of a detailed plan can actually be less helpful, as there's this little thing called 'life' that likes to throw a spanner in the works every now and again and if something does go a little tits up or not the way you planned, it can leave you feeling all kinds of deflated.
In terms of my career, I know that I want to keep progressing in the industry that I'm in, and I have set myself some ambitious goals as to where I want to be by the time I'm 30. While these goals are certainly going to be kept to myself for the time being, I've found that it's been easier making decisions because now that I have a clear goal in mind, if I know that an opportunity isn't going to help me take a step in that direction, it makes knowing which way to go a lot simpler.
I also now have goals for Girls in Work - my new passion project that is taking up most of my free time (and partly why I've been so quiet on here recently), but I love it. We want to create this 'go-to' resource for career women. We want to grow the platform, interview successful women, and hold events and panels as well as so, so much more.
Despite the many, many ups and downs over the last 18 months, and all of the times that I've felt like I should just give up on everything, I feel like I'm in a better place than where I was when I wrote that post I mentioned at the beggining. I feel like I've grown to know myself better. I've learned exactly what drives and motivates me and it's meant that actually, I can now set my own goals and plans like my friend did back then.
Essentially, I've learned that it's good to have a plan, but at the same time, it's good to not always plan too much.