20-Day Challenge PRO | How to move from a New Years Resolution list to a plan PART 2

PART 2: arrange groups in a hierarchy

With the #20DayChallenge, I shared ideas and intentions; potential options for my New Years Resolution list. With the #20DayChallengePRO, I planned to move from a draft to a plan. In my article “How to move from a New Years Resolution list to a plan PART 1”, you can see that I reviewed all the options, and I grouped them up into five buckets: Attitude, Wellness, Emotion, Commitment, and Mission.



Those are the pillars of my New Years Resolution Plan.

Now, as you can guess, the focus on “just” five buckets has a few advantages. I moved from fifteen ideas and intentions into five buckets. It’s easier to manage. After all, I have to set realistic expectations, and I am not sure I will be able to handle fifteen different records. Or maybe I will be able to do that for one week or two, but I want a plan that lasts.

The buckets are also broader compared to the ideas and intentions on my list. I made it on purpose as it will help me to swap activities within a pillar along the way (it’s a year-long plan and it will evolve!). I will be more specific in my next post, just bear with me and let me explain what I mean with PART 2: arrange groups in a hierarchy.

If you look at the five buckets, you can see that they represent entirely different categories and their role in our lives is different as they are related to various needs.

Have you ever thought about what needs are?

A need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life.

There is a model of needs I love and use in my job. A psychologist, Abraham Maslow, proposed it. I am wearing for a moment my Marketing hat here 🙂

Maslow theory proposed that people have a hierarchy of psychological needs, which range from basic physiological or lower order needs such as food, water, and safety (e.g. shelter) through to the higher order needs such as self-actualization. People tend to spend most of their resources (time, energy and finances) attempting to satisfy these basic before the higher order needs of belonging, esteem, and self-actualization become meaningful. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is often portrayed in the shape of a pyramid with the largest, most fundamental needs at the bottom and the need for self-actualization and self-transcendence at the top.

Maslow influenced me in this phase. So this is what I did. I took the five pillars of my New Years Resolution Plan: Attitude, Wellness, Emotion, Commitment, Mission and I created the hierarchy.

Yes, my plan has a hierarchy of pillars influenced by the Maslow theory.

  • At the base of the pyramid, I put wellness, which includes sleep; eat well (and drink a lot), running. You will see that my running plan will consist of not only running but also stretching, yoga and body conditioning.
  • Followed by Emotion, a pillar that includes re-discover your passions, trying new things, travel as much as possible, laugh with special friends.
  • Commitment to keeping my heritage alive and learn (or improve) a new language is the next is the next level.
  • And finally, my Mission: Comfort Zone Shake-Up.
  • Attitude or better, Positive Attitude will be an integral part of the plan. And I will find a way to nurture it.

I like the idea of having a hierarchy, as it will allow me to have in mind the role of each pillar and to assign priorities.

Recap of what I did:

  1. List of the ideas, intentions as part of the #20DayChallenge
  2. Group ideas and intentions into pillars
  3. Arrange the pillars in a hierarchy

Next steps:

  1. Define specific objectives per pillars
  2. Kick-off the plan
  3. Measure and optimize

In 20-Day Challenge PRO. How to move from a New Years Resolution list to a plan PART 3 we will close the loop. Stay tuned!