Right, so the Q1 2022 plan is a good time to tell you I’m not going to wite a 2022 plan as such.

But, before we get started on the Q1 2022 plan, just a quick reminder that at the end of the year, I like to check the horoscopes for what was “supposed” to happen during the year. I don’t pay them much mind during the year.

But for the last five years…

  • 2017 would be a difficult year full of turbulence (check).
  • 2018 a year of rebuilding and gradual progress (maybe).
  • 2019 would bring positive change, offering hope for a joyful and focused year (kinda).
  • 2020 if you held true to your goals, you’d enjoy your destiny (mostly true for me).
  • 2021 a 20-year phase of change that might be considered lucky (um, not really).

So, for 2022, there are seemingly two main themes.

On the one hand, larger, macro clashes between traditional and innovative views, potentially leading to a society-altering change in power. Morality and accountability will be back in demand.

On the other, more personal hand, it’s a year that may challenge your ideas of comfort and stability. So, take a step back, follow your passion, and take calculated risks to create the life you want. Let your heart guide you, and rely on your gut more than your brain when you’re making important and long-term decisions.

And if you’re a Pisces, it’s a good year for money, health, and careers. Not so good for relationships and eating.

Though to be honest, I really don’t think we needed a bunch of astrologers to pick any of that. Though one bravely said the pandemic would be downgraded to an epidemic, and another that Piscese would travel.

Following my 2021 Review, and having recently read The 12 Week Year, I’ve decided to just plan Q1. And in three months time, Q2, and so on until the end of the year.

2022 Vision

The book suggests you need a strong and compelling vision to pull you through the quarter. I’ve read this in other books, and I know from experience a “good” vision does help when the going gets tough.

This year, I’m calling my vision “Stephen King Famous” as a kind of shorthand. Though for that matter, Nora Roberts would be almost as good. (No offence Mx King and Roberts).

They are/have:

  • Bestselling author
  • Bunches of awards
  • TV and movie adaptations of books
  • Included in shedloads of anthologies
  • Married to the same person for more than 50/35 years.

Q1 2022 Plan

The book advises you not to choose any more than 2 – 3 goals, and that worked well last year, so it’s worth trying again.

Goal #1: Stay Married to DB

As with last year, I’m keen to stay married to DB.

Among other things, the book suggests three keystone actions; the core activities that ultimately produce the result you want. So for this goal, mine are:

  • Cook his favourite meals
  • Do the chores that annoy him the most when they don’t get done
  • Never move anything he puts down

Of course these are my keystone activities, not all of the activities I’m thinking about.

I can already see where I’m going to run into problems, so fingers crossed.

Goal #2: lose 5.6 kg by April 3, 2022

Dan Pink advises picking the one thing you regret the most about last year, and making that your goal for this year.

My biggest regret, is not getting back under 60.0 kg since the transplant in 2011. My keystone activities will be:

  • Eat smaller portions
  • Don’t eat snacks
  • Don’t eat after 7 pm.

Of course, I will also be attempting to walk more than 10,000 steps each day as well, preparing healthier food, and but for bang for buck, the eating limitations I’ve listed above will make the largest impact.

It will be bloody hard with Summer fluid retention, menopause, and my immune suppression drugs. With all that, I’m not exactly sure it’s even possible to lose weight, but I have some strategies to help.

Goal #3: Stephen King Famous

Now it has to be said; it’s unlikely I’ll get Stephen King famous over the next three months. Not impossible, but highly unlikely. I’ve choosen three keystone actions, I think will progress my writing career:

  • Write every day
  • Submit 5 stories to high-quality magazines, competitions, awards and anthologies every week
  • Self-publish 3 books (of existing stories)

Similarly, there are related actions like improving my writing, cover copy and marketing knowledge and skills, but so long as I consitstently write, submit and publish, the rest will take care of itself.

On the surface, it’s a small stretch, but doable. And once again I have some strategies in place to help when it gets hard.

Planning 2022

So that’s the first quarter sorted out, with no idea what else could possible happen in this quarter, let alone the rest of 2022, but the hospital is already advising me to get a fourth vaccination.

Nor am I sure how this experiment will work out, though I expect it to be interesting.

What are you planning for 2022?

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