Without A Plan, You Do What’s Passive And Easy – Not What Brings Real Progress
Hope is a terrible strategy when you have deadlines. If you really want to achieve anything worthwhile, you will make plans. A plan is a guide for daily execution, it’s your reliable system for making progress.
What most people call plans are just wishes. They want to get more work done daily, but they end up procrastinating. Without a plan, you’re hoping. Hope is a terrible strategy when you have deadlines.
A plan helps you commit yourself fully to everything you want to do.
You can plan time to do high-value tasks every day, exercise, eat healthy, practice gratitude, read, learn a new skill, etc. It helps you stay focused and avoid the many distractions that come your way every day. Simultaneously you can plan for downtime to take a vacation, go for a walk, spend time with family, etc. Just imagine what you could achieve if you made plans, commit to them and get them done — your life would take a quantum leap forward over the next weeks, months, and years.
When you think of things ahead of time, consider how to get them done, and make plans to do them on a specific day, week or month, you will put yourself in the best position to control your time and actions.
Instead of depending on your mood and your circumstances to get you through the day, choose to be proactive and make mood and circumstances respond to your work. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you,” said Jim Rohn. The alternative is a reactive day that is controlled by actions of others, or a distracted day with little to show for it.
Most people can’t stick to a plan because they don’t take it seriously or have no clear directions. “Moving from “to do” to “in progress” is a big mental barrier, and poor planning can make it even bigger,” says Jason Lengstorf.
Clarity of purpose changes everything.
Instead of rushing to gather your thoughts every morning, aim to start your days with more clarity of purpose. When you minimize your struggles in the morning, that overwhelmed feeling overwhelmed in the morning (and the rest of the day) will be a thing of the past. There are thousands of reasons to get up each morning and start your day right. You’ve got to find your reason. Once you find it, do everything in your power to make it happen.
Daily or weekly planning is personal. There is no perfect plan. What works for Tim Ferris may not work for you. You can test and apply different systems for your own circumstance.
You must build a plan based on how you use your time and energy for maximum performance. Today’s plan does not necessarily have to be tomorrow’s routine. While there are certainly benefits to daily routines in general, they don’t have to the same, especially if you are not totally in control of your time. By all means, plan your day out, but don’t aim for a perfect daily routine. It’s OK to have unique days and still make real progress.
“As a general rule, the more unpredictable your days and the more interruptions and spontaneous tasks show up during your day, the more flexible your day planning method needs to be,” says Christina Willner.
Planning your day is fairly simple — write down all your pre-determined and high-value activities that you want to be included in your next day, identify the best time of day to get them done, and the drag and drop them into your daily planner. You could even write out why you want to accomplish them. And most importantly, take it seriously. Commit to your schedule and defend your time from distractions to get them done. In less than 10 minutes you can get a head-start tomorrow, knowing exactly how to start and end your day right.If you strategically plan your days, it will snowball into a more successful day.
Edited by Johar’s Place
This article first appeared on Medium.
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