Probably many of you would agree with me that planning is very important. Not only at work, but also at school, college, life. As a I am coming from a project management background, planning is with me for over a decade now! Gosh, that made me realised how old I am LoL
But, let’s get to the heart of the matter: planning! We are goal-based creatures, even if you think we are not. Each day we are aiming for something: book a cinema tickets, complete all tasks at work, finish exam preparation, or even wash the car. Sometimes our days look crazy busy, and we wonder how we are going to do all of that in ONE DAY. Well, without a doubt, good planing can help a lot.
Split planning into two sections: work and life.
For work, plan at the end of each working day.
List all the tasks that you know you would have to complete, starting from Priority No1.
Once the beast is out of your way, you can then focus on smaller tasks. Make sure your full concentration is dedicated to completing the tasks, and that you don’t allow any distractions. When you tick the last box of to do list (or at least the very important tasks), you then crack on with your inbox or meetings.
I never start my day from reading/checking the emails, as it is like a dangerous black hole. It usually starts from one email, then another, then..oh maybe one more. Before you know it is lunch time and you haven’t even started on your to do list!
I tell you; it is better to completely focus for the first few hours on your tasks, the crack on with the emails.
For life tasks, plan them around work hours, for example gym before or after, reading just before bed time.
I recommend using a notepad for writing everything down (on the paper)!
Assign timing for each task and make sure you keep tracking.
Bullet journal is another amazing tool for planning, but I know that it is not everyone’s thing.
Do not wait till December, just grab a notebook, pen, and let’s get cracking!
Bullet journal key. Some people do it, some people skip it. If you feel like this would be helpful for you, then reserve the first page for the bullet journal key.
I have some good examples saved on my pinterest.
I personally like to add my goals for the year, travel goals, books that I need to read, courses that I would like to take. So, the second part of my bullet journal would be my goals.
Then create a year plan. Even if you are starting just now, you can still plan from July to December. Make a list for each month with important events, birthdays, deadlines
Then we can move to a weekly plan.
For each week I do a habit plan, where I list all habits that I am aiming for. I also add a daily tracker for that and I tick each day the habits that I have managed to do. For the ones that I have skipped, I would add a cross or a sad face.
I prefer to split the days on two pages, going from left to right, just like you can see below.
Again, add your to do list, for each day and make sure you track it.
Depend on how much you have to do each day, you would need, or not, the daily planner.
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