Why everyone needs a 5 year plan
A 5 year plan doesn't have to be the tiresome task many view it as. If done correctly, a 5 year plan is just a map, or timeline, of your life for the next 5 years which can help you achieve your goals, both personal and work related.
When looking at the bigger picture, it's easy to become overwhelmed but having a 5 year plan can allow you to break down your goals into smaller, more manageable chunks.
If your goal, for example, is to own a house before you reach 30, having a plan in place means you're more likely to take the right steps towards this; work out how much you need to save, make an appointment with a mortgage advisor, decide on a location etc.
You might see yourself in a different job role in 5 years time, so having a plan for this such as get a promotion, shadow someone for a week, find out more about what the new job really entails - these are all part of your 5 year plan that will allow you to reach that end goal.
How do I even start?
Start by looking at the bigger picture. Break your life into big chunks; work, social, personal and then think about where you want each of these to go.
Once you have this, write down individual steps for each of these (think back to the house example).
Don't just leave this as a list! Action these steps and cross them off as you go. Remind yourself of this 5 year plan every week/month so you can keep yourself on track!