I want to add in a few of my favorite planning tips…
Always put the results you want to produce on your calendar. So, in the example above where it says “work,” if you have specific results you want to produce (like if you run your own business), go into the entry and add the specific results you plan to produce during your workday. Do this for each day.
Give yourself enough time. Make sure that you give yourself the right amount of time for the thing that you need to do. So, even your #1 priority might not need the most time. It just needs enough time. (E.g.: If health is a #1 priority, you may only need to devote 1 hr per day to it).
Turn obstacles into strategies. Whenever you feel stuck or like you’re not sure how to do what you want to do, make a list of obstacles and turn them into strategies. I don’t know why this works so well, but it does.
Don’t sit in indecision. Being indecisive takes so much energy and it kills your plans. You’ll basically spin out and waste a bunch of time. It also feels really responsible and it’s not. Learning how to make decisions is a skill that’s totally worth working on. Total life changer.
Evaluate your plans. I’m all about a good plan, but you also have to make sure the plan is working. It’s not enough to do the plan. You have to take a look and see if it’s getting you the results you want. Give your plan time. Make sure you don’t rush it. But take enough action so that you have results you can evaluate on.
A FINAL NOTE!
The point of all this planning is so you do what you want to do and can design the future you want—not what someone else wants.
If you actually know how to plan your day, and do it every day, you’ll be in a totally different place a year from now. i’m amazed at the last year. I’ve created my future and it all happened because I made the plans and took action.
You can do it, too.