Have you ever thought about what the next 5 years holds? Or what you would like to achieve? It doesn’t matter what age you are, it’s sensible to have a 5 year plan.
Around 2009 I realised I needed to start planning for the future. My temporary job with the council went permanent and I panicked and handed in my notice. I decided that I didn’t still want to be working there in 5 years. So I hatched my 5 year plan.
I knew I wanted to train as a nurse, but I was desperate to travel a bit first. So after an amazing first summer in the USA, I applied for college. Fun fact: I actually interviewed for college over the phone, while sat in my underwear on the floor of my cabin at camp.
From 2009 until now (2017) I’ve spent 4 summers working in America, 1 year at college, 3 years at university, and 2 years living in Bristol. But I got to where I wanted to be in 5 years. It was 2009 I made the decision to change, and I qualified as a nurse in 2014.
Throwing it back all the way to 1999, I remember my aunt telling me aged 11, that life would fly by now. I thought she was mad. How can you convince an 11 year old that the summer holidays actually don’t last forever? She was right though. High school was over in a flash, and the years just keep getting faster! Plus, I never forgot what she said.
At the very end of 2013, I started hatching my next plan. *Prepare to find me a little creepy* I wanted a boyfriend. So online I went, and found my now partner of almost 4 years. He’s not just part of the plan though, he’s my absolute rock of another half.
Then we made plans (led by me) to embark on a journey living in another city. Which was a fun 2 years! Now – if I haven’t mentioned a million times already – we’re saving for a house. That’ll be the end of 5 year plan number 2.
Planning My Future
Which leads to here. I have laid out my next 5 year plan already. Time’s marching on and the years go far too fast. I could quote so many different people here; “In a years time, you’ll wish you’d started today”, “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life” and so on.
The point I’m trying to make is, if you have a goal, it needs a time limit. Don’t keep saying you want to or need to do something, make a change towards it happening. Always wanted to quit your job and go travelling? Start saving! Would love to retrain in something else? Look up courses! Learn a skill? Start practicing! Even the small goals need a time limit.
Start making your plan today. Where do you want to be in 5 years? What do you want to be doing? If it’s not here, then get out your notepad and start making a plan!