You've read the saying, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!
Being organized and ensuring you have your day planned out, helps in planning to succeed, instead of planning to fail. Over many years, I have watched many people both succeed and fail. Some tell me, "I just go with the flow!", or "I can't plan past the new couple of days, it's just too far."
Others tell me how they have planned out their goals and what actions will need to be undertaken up to a year or more ahead so that they have the best possible chance of success. The difference between these two types?
Simply, it's having an action plan in place and ensuring that they consistently work towards the goal they have set rather than "let's hope for the best".
This quote, I think sums up 2023 for me and part of what I want to achieve:
"To be successful at anything, you must simply be what most people aren't: Consistent." (Anon)
How can you begin to plan for success instead of failure?
- Set aside time each week to dream, research, and plan the activities you want to achieve.
- Determine what activities are urgent, short-term planning, and long-term planning.
- Begin collating what you need for short-term and long-term plans. E.g. you decide to apply for a housing loan. In undertaking this process, documents will need to be gathered and certified, book an appointment with an authorized broker or local bank.
- Action urgent jobs promptly; don't leave until the last minute. Ensure the work undertaken is your best.
- Have a notebook or daily planner sheet that you can tick off jobs as they are completed.
- Don't be overwhelmed; break the jobs down into manageable tasks. I have found this helps manage stress and anxiety levels, especially when undertaking a role or request that I have never done before.
- Review, review, and review documents and information before sending. This saves time and embarrassment.
- Have regular times that you are at your desk, so people know when they can contact you.
- Plan time to rest and have a break.
- Take care of yourself.