Every day we strive to achieve something, whether at work or in our personal lives. But despite the drive, few of us accomplish most things we want to do.
And one of the primary reasons for the low success rate is a lack of planning. As the famous adage goes, you plan to fail when you fail to plan.
In this post, we will look at how to create a plan and achieve more at work and in life.
One of the common problems with goals is that they live in our minds and are unreliable. Holding ideas/goals in our heads usually results in unintentional stress.
So it would be best to put those thoughts into writing (literally or otherwise). One of the best ways to do that is using Routine Pages where you can quickly list all the goals for the day or whatever time frame you are working on.
Once the goals are in front of you, it becomes easier to scope out the requirements and get to the next phase - planning.
Big ambitious goals are great but can also be overwhelming and make planning challenging.
Hence, it makes sense to break large, complex goals into smaller, manageable chunks from a strategy standpoint.
Breaking down goals will also help you allot time and resources accordingly without getting overwhelmed and, as a result, over or under-budgeting for the pursuit.
Once you've broken down tasks into smaller manageable chunks, you then start planning for the resources required to get them done.
It is here that you realistically look at what is in front of you and make estimates in terms of what is needed.
One of the most critical resources you need to achieve your goal is time, and you need to put it on an app like the Routine Calendar to make sure your process is manageable.
So, pick those chunks of tasks and block time on your calendar. If the tasks are smaller than the time block, consider clubbing two similar or related tasks.
Also, remember to prioritize your task list before adding them to your calendar. High-priority tasks and those that block others from doing their share, irrespective of their size, should be pursued first.
Once you have allocated time and resources, thoroughly review the flow before you start executing.
Keep your plan flexible enough so that you can pivot or digress when needed. You can manage this by creating whitespaces for contingencies or reasonable delays in your plan/schedule.
Once you have started executing, regularly review the plan and take time to refine the path forward.
You will likely not get it perfectly the first time, so take a strategic look back at this plan's many successes and failures to improve it.
Making a plan is critical to success, and this post will help you formulate your next one. If you do have feedback on this post, do tweet at us @RoutineHQ.
Thanks for reading.