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It’s been an enjoyable and educational journey over the last three weeks as we’ve broken down a simple goal-setting method that will carry you from your goals to tasks in a few easy steps. We call it “Building the Bridge”—and today, we’re providing the final installment of this four-part series.
In Part 4, we help you make goal-related tasks a meaningful part of your everyday life. We call this important step, “Getting on Schedule.”
In the previous step, called “Break it Down,” you created an action list for each goal. Now, using a monthly calendar, you can integrate these goal-related tasks into your daily and weekly planner schedules. Continue reading Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 4—Get on Schedule
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 Commit Yourself to Success: Use Your Planner Every Day
By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands
It’s the beginning of another busy day. There’s a lot to get done and many decisions to be made with little time for either. Quite frankly, your list of tasks is becoming downright intimidating. Where do you even start?
I say approach it like a game show. Whether it’s “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” or “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” a question-and-answer format game usually starts small and works its way up. In other words, they start with a few “softball” questions that grow more difficult as the game progresses. This same process can be used to attack your to-do list.
When you start off with a softball task, you ensure yourself of knocking your first task of the day out of the park. Limited to 30 minutes or less, some examples of softball tasks could be cleaning your desk or office area, updating your calendar and planner for the day, returning phone calls or emails, and wrapping a gift or two (The holiday spirit got me on that one!).
These are all easily addressed tasks that, when accomplished right off the bat, will provide you with a feeling of achievement and give you the confidence you need to complete any task on your list. It’s important to start the day on the right foot. Being able to cross out an item on your checklist first thing gets the wheels in motion and provides motivation to attack that ever-growing to-do list.
You have to start somewhere before you can rack up daily accomplishments. A softball task is a perfect way to do it, paving the way for you to play “hardball” the rest of the day. So, what are you waiting for? Play Ball!
[photo by Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson]