So you’ve made yourself a plan—now what? Your ability to take action on your plan is just as important as the planning process itself. As the old saying goes, even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
The planning process is your launching pad for achieving success. Here are some guidelines for turning your plan into action and getting better results:
Make a Better Plan Developing a strong plan of attack is the cornerstone of getting done what you seek to accomplish. Plan thoroughly, making certain that your planning process includes the following Continue reading →
You’ve purchased your planner, set it up and studied its features and benefits. Now it’s time to begin your daily planning process.
Keep it with you
The best way to begin using your planner everyday is to simply just begin. A great tip for starting out is to carry your planner everywhere: to meetings, to the grocery store and even to the coffee table as you watch evening TV. By simply making your planner omnipresent you will find yourself more frequently using it in different facets of your life.
Create a routine
To begin your planning process, it’s a good idea to create a cheat-sheet that offers quick reminders. It might include action items such as list appointments, list daily tasks, review yesterday’s notes and so on. At first, follow the blueprint for your schedule to a tee. In time, you will learn areas where you can be more flexible. Be sure to include time for planning throughout your day. Continue reading →
Everyone wants to get a little more done each day. The truth is that you will achieve more once you discover a secret to more productivity—and it comes from preparing a better to-do list.
The to-do list is the simplest, most basic element of any planning system. Everyone makes lists at one time or another, whether it’s for the grocery store, school assignments or a wish list for Santa.
As you integrate planning into your lifestyle, you must embrace the daily to-do list. When used in combination with a weekly or monthly schedule, the daily to-do or task list forms the backbone of your personal planning system. Continue reading →
It’s the pot of gold at the end of the time management rainbow: Success. We seek this state of being where we feel in control of our lives, accomplishing our goals and dreams and living in a harmonious balance of work and home. Time management is the means to this end.
In its simplest meaning, time management concentrates our efforts toward the most positive outcome. It puts life in focus, by the minute, by the day, by the month and by the year.
For this reason your day planner becomes more than just a task list and a calendar—it becomes a tool for time management success. Continue reading →