How to Write Your Own Dead Simple Personal Plan for 2022 (In Less Time Than it Takes to Warm Up a Pizza)

The new year is here, and most of us use the turning of the calendar to reflect on the past year.

So here is your no BS, not very detailed, less than perfect, completely doable, pretty quick, amazingly useful, recipe for building your own one-page strategic plan for 2022.

You can complete this in about 20-30 minutes depending on how fast you are.

What I’m saying is that you can plan your upcoming year in less time than it takes to watch one episode of The Crown.  Or Top Gear.  Or Clarkson’s Farm (better).

This is for you.  Not for your employer, or your business.

And it will give you some basic direction for the upcoming year.

Without further explanation, here are the very simple steps:

Write down all the bright spots from 2021

What went well?

Reflect on what you are you thankful for.

What are you proud of?

This is important, because we’re not very good at reflecting and celebrating.  For some people, just surviving 2021 was a win!  Actually!  Celebrate it!

No matter how hard the year was, there are all sorts of things to be thankful for.  Write down a comprehensive list.

When you focus on what you have, you gain what you lack;

When you focus on what you lack, you lose what you have.

Write down all the EBI’s (even better if) from the same period

Now reflect on what could have been better.  Not that things were a disaster, but surely there were parts of the year that could have turned out better.

One caveat:  EBIs are only things within your control.  Flooding/weather doesn’t count.  Fire doesn’t count.  COVID doesn’t count.  None of those things are in your control.

But there are things that you could/should improve on.  Write them down!

Choose the (up to) 3 top opportunities facing you in the next 12 months

What would change the game for you this year?  What does 2022 need to be about for you?  Here are some examples.


  • Build deeper relationships with my young family
  • Finish my education (or part of it)
  • Accomplish a big task at work
  • Get fit
  • Figure out that financial plan
  • Buy a condo
  • Find my first career job

What are your top 3?  Maybe you only want one.  That’s okay too.

Choose the top 3 threats facing you in the next 12 months

Here’s what you ask when completing this category.  If you were doing this exercise in 12 months, what sad story might you tell about the last year?  How could things have gone off the rails?

Of course, we can’t know the future, but what are the threats you can see as possibilities?

Are your threats:

  • Financial
  • Relational
  • Health oriented
  • Work related
  • Personal

You pick!

Write them down.

Write down 3-5 big things you’ve like to achieve personally and professionally in 2022

Now review your bright spots list.

How could you have more of those?

Look at your EBIs.  What needs to get better or get fixed?

Come up with your list of 3-5 goals for 2022.

Tape them to your bathroom mirror and look at them every week before writing your task list

This will keep you on track to accomplish your goals for the upcoming year.

Or here’s another option for you.  I have a FREE course on building your own personal plan.  You’ll do these exercises and more.

I was recently a guest on a podcast and the host said, “I wish I’d done this 10 years ago!  I tell everyone in my workplace to build their personal one-page plan!”

You can find the course here complete with free downloads and exercises:

Did I mention that it’s free?

Give up all hope of having a better 2021.

Yesterday is over.  For good and bad, it’s done and



Ever be changed.

That’s good news too.  All of the bad parts are left behind.  All the good parts lie in front of us.

The shadow by my finger cast,

Divides the future from the past;

Before it sleeps the unborn hour,

In darkness and beyond thy power;

Behind its unreturning line,

The vanished hour no longer thine;

One hour alone is in thy hands,

The NOW on which the shadow stands.

-Henry Van Dyke


The secret of getting ahead is getting started!

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Trevor Throness is a speaker, consultant, and author of “The Power of People Skills.”  He is also co-founder and senior instructor at

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