Many great people had gained the habit of planning before they achieved their success. They know the value of time and understand that spending a few minutes to create a plan can save hours in future. Many of them find time for travelling, family rest, reading, education even despite their being seriously loaded with tasks. How do they do that?
They have strategy. Most people don’t have it.
There is only one global reason for successful people to do that much and still have time to rest, spend time with their family and on entertainments. And the point is not in their mythical unique stack of genes or the ability to sleep three hours per day. They just have strategy to stick to.
Most part of people just don’t have even the littlest idea of what expects them during the next week, what they will do. Even if they create a plan, it is formed as a disorganized list of tasks. So, it is no wonder that there are so few successful people.
It is really difficult to work effectively, that is why the so-called productivity everyone orients toward is not that tasty. You always need to do what matters and refuse everything useless. Those are pleasant activities and small unnecessary things. Are you ready for that? Successful people are ready.
Let’s take a look at the weekly planning example.
Planning the Week: 8 Goals
1. Set Up a Ritual
Average humans start their working week having rather blurred idea of their professional tasks. Reserve at least an hour per week for a planning process. Even if your plan won’t work as you want it to work, it is still better than its absence. You will become calmer and more self-confident.
Determine the day and time you devote to the planning. Someone does it on Sunday evening, others wait till Monday morning. Make sure you don’t have tasks for that time. And don’t allow procrastination to dominate.
2. Visualize the Overall Picture and Connect Its Elements
Take some deep breaths. Then think about your goals and dreams. Do you want people to remember you? What for? How do you see yourself and your life in 5-10 years? Thinking in a yearly scale is a great way to become a strategist.
Take a look at your life from aside. What have you already achieved? What do you want to achieve? What skills will help you achieve what you want? What are your values?
Numerous people don’t pay attention to the overall picture; they get stuck up in everyday routine. That is why they can’t do anything. They work a lot, but they do nothing important.
Go in for visualization. Imagine yourself a human you are going to become in a couple years. Believe in that with all your heart. It is not silly.
3. Celebrate Results of the Last Week
This point is really important, you can’t miss it. Celebrating last week results is the way to develop your skill of thankfulness. Write down everything you are proud of. Remind yourself about all the positive moments of the last week: perfect sales, pleasant talks with people you like, new knowledge, freedom from any bad habit. You need to make your brain understand that you are going to do something good and useful for yourself every week.
We can rarely find time for valuing what we have achieved. That is why there are so many depressed people in our times. Wealthy and healthy people visiting psychotherapist – isn’t that strange?
Being unsatisfied with life is a feature of modern society. So, do not ignore this point: enlist at least 10 positive things that happened to you during the past week.
4. Note the Most Important Lessons
People learn new things every day. But gaining knowledge is worth nothing if you don’t make it a part of your life. Write down all the key lessons you understood during the last week.
Lessons can refer to various areas of your life:
- Healthy Eating;
You can start a diary in future and note everything you find out during the day in it.
5. Analyze Things That Didn’t Happen
Something always goes not as it was planned. Remind yourself about things you failed to achieve. Be honest with yourself.
List every important point. Neglect the smaller details. Did you have a decent reason or you just wasted your time doing unnecessary things? What can you do in future in order to avoid that? What habits are worth refusing?
6. Name and Fixate Expected Results
The past week was reflected carefully. Now, let’s take care of the future, of the things that are going to happen. Set at least 3 global goals. Still, that is individual, but make sure you don’t take too much. Goals should refer to various spheres of your life.
7. Plan It All
Everything you do takes a certain amount of your time. People tend to underestimate the quantity of time which is going to be needed for completing this or that task. That is why it can be difficult to determine the required time at first. Maybe, your first planned week is not going to be that good, but after 1-2 months you will look at your plans and see the progress for sure.
8. Fill in the White Spots
People can often start doing many tasks but they do not finish all of them. They are hanging in the air, waiting for the moment to fall on their creators’ heads. These white spots need to be filled in gradually. Otherwise, their number will only grow. But maybe, it is worth forgetting about some tasks forever?