Are you sick and tired of making resolutions for the new year because you know that you will not accomplish any of the things you put on your list?
Do you want to accomplish big tasks such as creating systems for your business, getting your schoolwork organized so you can submit assignments on time, or finally writing your book but find yourself getting lost in the process?
If you fall into one of those categories then you are missing a crucial piece that can turn your life around. You, my friend, are missing: A PLAN!
That’s it. Simple.
If you fail to plan then you have planned to fail!
It is that crucial. You will continue to go around and around in circles until you sit down and decide what it is that you want to accomplish and then come up with a PLAN to get it done.
1. The first thing you must do is BRAIN DUMP.
Get a notebook or a piece of paper, sit down, and let all your “To-Do List” and “Goal List” ideas tumble out of your head. Do not try to organize it or make it make sense. Just get it out of your head and onto paper.
2. The second thing you must do is to ITEMIZE.
This is where you create overall categories and put your to-do item under it.
Possible categories are:
1. Household Tasks
2. Work Tasks
3. School Tasks
4. Health-related Tasks
5. Business Tasks
You get the picture.
3. The third thing you need to do is PRIORITIZE.
Once you have categories of your To-Do/Goal Lists choose which tasks are most important. The most important tasks are the ones you want to accomplish this month or this quarter (3 months).
4. The fourth and last thing you need to do is ORGANIZE.
After you have chosen your monthly or quarterly tasks, then you can begin the process of writing down the individual steps that are needed to accomplish those tasks.
For instance: If my Health-related task is to lose 20 lbs in a month, then I would write down the steps I will take to accomplish this. I like to jot the steps down and then plot them on an actual calendar.
So, I may plan the following:
1. Meal Prep for the week every Sunday.
2. Step Exercise every Monday, Treadmill every Wednesday, and do Yoga every Friday.
3. I may plan to weigh myself, take measurements, and take pictures of myself every other Monday.
Keep it simple. Plot those steps on a monthly calendar and you’re done.
That is it if you want to keep it nice and simple.
If you are juggling quite a few large tasks and really like more detailed and in-depth planning..like me…then read on.
Personally, I follow a similar plan with a few tweaks. Here is the more detailed plan I follow:
1. Brain dump the overall goals I want to accomplish for the year.
2. Break the yearly goals down into what needs to happen first, second, and so on based on importance and/or deadlines.
3. Plot out my tasks based on Quarters (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarter).
4. Then I create monthly calendars so that I can see what I need to do each month.
5. Lastly, I move the monthly to-dos to a weekly calendar so I can have an idea of what I am doing that week at a glance. You can break the tasks down even further by using a daily planner.
It’s a process but when you get the yearly view of what you want to accomplish written down then the monthly, weekly, and daily planning are much simpler.
I have used this plan of action for years to run two businesses, complete assignments for my doctoral work, write 18 books, run my household, and post to this email list and on social media. I am now using it to direct my weight loss journey.
I promise you that if you set the stage then the rest is easy!
PRO TIP: I am a pen-aholic but I tend to write with erasable pens so that I can change things on the calendars with ease. I recommend Frixion Erasable pens. Click here to check them out: Frixion Pens.
BONUS: Click this link, The Blindspot Biz, to download a copy of my Brain Dump form.
BOOKS: If you are a therapist or if you simply want a workbook to plan your work and become more organized, then I have created three workbooks that contain the Brain Dump forms, Monthly To-Do Lists, and Weekly To-Do Lists. They are located on Amazon.
I hope you try out these tips and let me know about your successes and/or any issues you may have!
Let me know what you discover by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org!