As we start a new year and—this year—a new decade, many people are thinking ahead, planning for what they hope to achieve in the year to come.
Maybe 2020 will be the year when you finally take that overseas trip you’ve been dreaming about. Maybe it’s the year when you’ll finally get in shape, launch a side project you’ve been planning, or save up for a down payment on a new home.
Whatever your goals are for the year and decade to come, you’ll need a plan for how you’re going to get there. And using MeisterTask for personal goals and resolutions is a great way to create a plan for taking iterative steps toward success.
Using MeisterTask for Personal Goals: 5 Examples
To help you plan your personal goals and resolutions for 2020 in MeisterTask, we’ve put together these five example boards you can use for inspiration.
1. MeisterTask for vacation planning
You’ve always wanted to go to New York City, and next year is the year you’re going to make it happen. But there are a lot of tasks you need to complete before you jump on a plane, and there’s more that you want to do than you can pack into a one-week vacation.
MeisterTask makes it easy to plan your vacation and make sure you check off all of the to-dos on your pre-vacation checklist.
First, you can add a lane to your vacation project to keep track of all of the things you need to do pre-trip, like booking a flight, a place to stay, and a car. When you complete these tasks, you can even attach plane tickets and confirmation receipts to your tasks to keep all of your trip information in one place.
You can also add checklists to your tasks if there are multiple steps to complete. For example, if one of your tasks is for packing, you can add a checklist for all of the things you need to pack.
Next, you can add a bucket list lane to your project where you list all of the attractions you’d like to visit and things you want to do while you’re in the city. In the description for each item on your bucket list, you can add details like websites, pricing, and time needed for that activity.
Those details will help when it comes time to plan your itinerary for your week in New York, which you can do easily by dragging cards from your bucket list into a lane for each day of your trip.
Finally, while you’re in New York, you can quickly access your full itinerary and all of the details you captured for the trip using one of MeisterTask’s mobile apps.
2. MeisterTask for weight management
Trying to manage the number of calories you eat per day can be a lot of work without advanced planning. But if you have a good plan, you can not only make sure you’re not crossing your calorie threshold, but you can also make sure that there’s plenty of variety in what you eat from day-to-day.
MeisterTask makes it easy to come up with a weekly weight management meal plan. Start by adding as many foods as you can think of that you might want to eat into a “Menu Items” lane, then do some research and find out how many calories are in a serving of that food. Include the calories for each food in the title of your card.
Then, when it’s time to plan your meals for the week, you can drag and drop these cards into lanes for each day of the week. Use the calorie counts to make sure what you plan to eat/drink doesn’t exceed the number of calories you want to consume in a day.
By creating your weekly meal plan in advance, you can avoid keeping a food diary and counting calories throughout the day. And you can either follow this same menu every week or move all of your cards back to your “Menu Items” queue to create a new meal plan if you want to vary what you eat each week so you don’t burn out on your diet before you hit your weight goals.
3. MeisterTask for fitness
Some people like to do the same exercise every day: they take an afternoon yoga class five days a week, run three miles every day before work, or ride their exercise bikes in the evening while watching TV.
Personally, though, I get bored with doing the same exercise over and over and like to have more variety when it comes to fitness. With MeisterTask, you can collect ideas for lots of different exercises and routines you can do to create more variety and choice.
For example, say you’re the kind of person who likes to take classes at a studio or the gym. You could create a MeisterTask board showing the schedules for all of the local studios and gyms during the week so you can easily find a class that sounds like fun and works with your schedule.
Or if you’re planning on working out at home and focusing on different muscle groups each day, you could use MeisterTask to plan the exercises you’ll do each day of the week:
4. MeisterTask for managing your time
Maybe you want to spend more time with your family this year. Maybe you want to find time to work on a side project you have high hopes for. Or maybe you just never seem to have time to do all of the things you need to do, so you’re constantly stressed out.
Using MeisterTask to plan your time is a great way to make sure that you’re focusing on all of the things you really need to do, making time for the things you have a hard time fitting into your schedule, and making incremental progress toward your goals.
Start by creating a list of all of the things you absolutely have to do—including the times when you need to do those things if they’re time-sensitive—and all the things you want to make time for:
When you’re finished, you can duplicate the tasks you have to do multiple times so you’ll have one for each time you need to do those things. For example, if you work five days a week, you’ll want five work tasks. If you want to exercise three times a week, you’ll want three exercise tasks.
To duplicate a task in MeisterTask, click the task to open it, click the three horizontal dots in the top-right corner, and select “Duplicate.”
When you’re finished, create lanes for each day of the week. Drag any non-negotiable time-sensitive cards into the lanes for the appropriate days of the week.
What you have left are your gaps. In the plan above for Monday, I have space to schedule in something I want to do between 6 and 8 a.m. and 7 and 10 p.m. If I need to exercise more, I can plan to exercise for an hour between 6 and 8 a.m.—with a little extra time for waking up before starting and showering after my workout.
Maybe I can spend a couple of hours with my family after dinner and then read a book or learn something new for the hour before I go to bed. I can schedule a time for each of those activities on my plan for Monday.
Go through this exercise and plan how you want to spend each day of the week. And you don’t even necessarily have to plan every second of every day. You can also add free time tasks for doing whatever feels right at the moment (like watching Netflix).
At the start of each day, check your plan to see what you need to accomplish for the day and when. Then, stick to your schedule to take control of your time and make sure you’re making space for all of the things that are most important to you.
5. MeisterTask for creating a budget
Our final example of how you can use MeisterTask for personal goals is for creating a budget. There are a variety of ways that you can use MeisterTask for planning your finances.
For example, if you get paid twice a month and need to pay half of your bills after the first pay period and the other half after the second, you can put all of your bills and due dates into a column with due dates and amounts and then drag them into the appropriate pay period to schedule when you’ll pay them.
Start by adding your income as a task to the top of your pay period lists. Then, add all of your bills to a “Bills” list:
Next, drag each bill into the correct column based on its due date. For example, if you get paid on the 1st and 15th of the month, “Pay Period 1” covers any bills due between the 1st and the 14th, and “Pay Period 2” covers any bills due between the 15th and the end of the month.
Next, add up the amounts in both of the pay periods and list the total in a card on the bottom:
Unfortunately, in our example, we own more on bills in pay period one than we can afford given our income. So we need to shift some of those bills to the “Pay Period 2” column so we know to pay them when we have the income to support it. When we’re finished, we recalculate the amount again:
Now we know exactly when we need to pay each of our bills to make sure we have enough income to pay them before they’re due.
If you want to take it a step further, you can add a “Remainder” card and plan for how you’ll spend the money you earn that won’t go toward bills:
Planning Your Personal Goals with MeisterTask
With MeisterTask, you can plan out exactly how you’ll meet your personal goals and resolutions in 2020, and then access your plan on any device so you always have it with you when you need it.
You can even share your plan with a friend or family member if you want someone to hold you accountable for making progress throughout the year.
Have you used MeisterTask to plan a personal project or make progress toward a big goal? If so, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below!