Creating a Life Plan

by Susanne Madden

It’s been a while since any of us at Verden have taken the time to add a blog post. Things have been so very busy and the micro-blogging capabilities of Facebook and Twitter have distracted us from this space.

But this topic deserves a little more room. I spend a lot of time here at the Verden Group helping our clients plan for the future. Planning for growth of their practices, planning for succession and sales, planning for mergers or acquisitions – you name it, we help you plan for it.

Recently it struck me that while I am busy planning out the professional and business lives of my clients, I’ve been giving very little thought to my own life. It’s easy to get too busy, work more hours to meet obligations and to prevent being overwhelmed, and generally put life on hold in the process. Many entrepreneurs, executives and small business owners face the same issues. The problem is, most of us don’t pay enough attention until there are serious consequences. We face major fatigue. We burn out. Worst case, we face serious illness and have heart-attacks. . .

So, how is one suppose to manage a busy career and live life more fully, without ending up in the emergency room?  It comes back to planning.

Yesterday, I stumbled across an e-book titled ‘Creating Your Personal Life Plan’ by Michael Hyatt, that really appealed to me. While I have not yet carved out some precious time to implement the tools in the plan, reading through it has motivated me to get started, and has given me some sense of hope that things can be different, if only we can plan for it.

Now, Mr. Hyatt is certainly more religious than I, but don’t let that put you off. The principles seem sound and grounded, to me. And I’m a big believer in ‘process’ as a game-changer. Every time we work through a planning exercise with a client, it is the process of planning that facilitates the changes needed to improve, grow, learn.

It’s time I took my own advice and put myself through the process of planning for life.

You can find more information on the FREE e-book* here:

(*I have no affiliation or business interest with this person or his company)

“If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life that we give to the question of what to do with a two weeks’ vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days.”
Dorothy Canfield Fisher