Last month we talked about distraction and how that can affect your goals, let’s take a step back and evaluate our planning. If you want to start living your dreams you have to get the planning and the implementing of these plans carried out properly, after all if you don’t, you might not fulfill your dreams nor actually start reaching your goals. If these start to fade, chances are you will forget the drive because they will seem further away than ever before; you might sweep those goals and ideas away and never getting to actually start living your dreams.
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Planning To Start Living Your Dreams
This is the most important part for reaching your goals, you have to learn to plan well, and learn how to implement the plans you have spent time creating.
The time you spend creating plans and looking forward, is worthless unless you implement the plans and act towards reaching your goals.
You can only do this by evaluating your plans, are you getting things done that you hope to achieve?
I can see from my planning that Monday’s are my worst days and because I have looked at my planning and taken a positive action in preventing my plans falling apart, my planning has taken a positive step in the right direction. I have prevented something which could have affected my long-term plans.
What I did was to plan for less action on a Monday; by the time I got caught up with the beginning of the week, other tasks were falling behind and this was causing a problem.
I saw this was happening and I took action, this is the important thing to note, taking action to prevent the situation becoming worse.
Looking At Actual Planning
How you plan is a personal preference, you might like an electronic planner or are happy going old school with a pen and piece of paper. What is important is the amount of detail that you put into your plans.
This is the most important part of your planning, knowing what needs doing is more than a title in your planner, you must know what you want to achieve from your time on the task or project. You want to set an end goal so that you are aware of what you want to achieve in the time frame. A time limit, if this is a long project, having breaks scheduled in is important, you can’t focus for long periods without stepping back and having five minutes to gather your thoughts, this applies to manual tasks as well as mental tasks. Knowing how long you intend to work on the task gives you a time to focus on and this helps to know there is an end and a reward, even if it is just a quick break.
There are many different concepts floating around which suggest that you make realistic and reachable goals; this is only possible if you can plan them in detail, so you can just see what you need to do and the time available for this task.
So, while it is great to use these different concepts to remind yourself about your planning the main areas you need to focus on are:
- Details in your planning
- Time allowed for the task
- Scheduled breaks
- Reward for finishing a project or task on time
A favourite planner is the panda planner, it is simple enough to use!
Procrastination Is The Downfall Of All Plans
One area which ruins even the best plans is procrastination. It destroys plans, goals and dreams and the worst part is that it is avoidable. Learning what makes you want to procrastinate is an important skill, it will help you put in place different distractions to actually prevent procrastination taking over your day and destroying even the most detailed plan.
It is something that I do have to fight, I am great for putting off something, making it into something so big that I can’t possibly tackle it.
By having detailed plans in place and break down the project or task, it becomes less scary and easier to tackle.
However, this doesn’t always work, have backup plans on how to beat distraction and move forward with your planning and implementing these plans.
The go to tricks that I use to keep my focus:
- The first is to get rid of distraction, if it is going to distract me then I need to eliminate this, luckily for me I don’t have young children at home, but this isn’t the only distraction that can prevent me from working and for all those others, I turn them off if they are electronic and for the dogs, a walk before I start working.
- The second is hydration, I like having a drink (non-alcoholic) while I work and keeping hydrated keeps my brain working at optimum levels.
- A reward, I need to have something to look forward to at the end of the task, this helps to keep me on track and not to lose focus.
Therefore, understanding how to plan is important, breaking your tasks down into detailed plans that are easy to follow and implement. You need to know what you are doing and what it looks like when you have completed the task, without this information you will spend time working out this information, wasting valuable time. Take away the guessing game of what your plans mean and start planning for success and to reach your goals and to live your dreams.
How are you living your dreams?
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Another article I wrote about goal setting is, How To Plan Your Goals And Start Living Your Dreams, this is the first article in the series where I am perfecting my planning techniques.