The Art of Planning
“Don’t think about the start of the race, think about the ending” – Usain Bolt
One common question, I’m receiving from most of my friends is
How you are managing your time to do these many things?
Actually, they meant how I’m being active in learning new tools, reading books, making progress in blogging, posting random pieces of stuff at social media and all.
I took this question seriously and planned to answer them all via this blog post.
Planning is the ultimate key to unlock these activities.
A couple of years back I too had the same set of questions on how to create an action plan and how to efficiently work on it.
I have started reading some books, watching some YouTube videos, and listening to other people stories on how they are managing time on personal life as well towards their passion.
I have written all good ideas I have collected from the various medium in a notepad.
Later, I have clearly picked up the items which suit me.
On most time management & goal settings stories, I have found one common habit or ground rule.
How I have prepared my action plan?
Then, I have come up with an idea to create an action plan. I have started listing all things I wished or dreamed to complete in next few weeks or months or years.
Once I have listed all the items I wish to do. It looks like a large list, kind of watching a horror movie at midnight.
Instead of making progress in all the items at the same time, I have come up with idea of
I have started to prioritize the list based on Career growth and Personal growth from most to least important. (Kind of bubble sort, decided which bubbles I need to burst first)
After prioritizing, Its time for categorizing.
In my case, I have decided to Categorize my action plan based on what time frame I have to achieve it.
So, the categories will look like this
- Short term
The long-term goal is something I planned to achieve in few years. Short term goal is the items I wish to cover in minimum one year. Daily goals are like checklist I should follow on daily basis. Today board is to plan for the day ahead.
Ultimately, my planning board looks like following
I shall create a separate post on how I plan for the day ahead.
I used to keep this list on my desktop screen always using sticky notes options on my windows laptop.
Basically, I’m a sticky note lover. And below is my monitor screen filled with sticky notes 🙂
Next big step
We have planned everything, whats the next big step?
Yes! A very organized plan will help you to make consistent progress to reach your goal.
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