If you have ambition and desire to excel but at the same time you feel unorganized and don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place.
By the end of this post you will have clarity, peace of mind, and you will finally have clear action steps to reaching each and every one of your goals.
I’m going to be sharing with you a powerful way to plan your day that’s guaranteed to increase your productivity by at least 50%.
When it comes to planning there are really several ways to go about it. Some believe that you shouldn’t be too rigid. Others believe you should account for every second of the day.
I would say I’m about 70/30. Meaning, 70 percent of the time I follow a plan hour by hour and the other 30 percent I remain open to changes and cancelling tasks all together.
Whatever the case, some sort of planning is better than nothing. That’s for sure. So continue reading, take what you think will work for you, and discard what doesn’t.
I’ve always been a “to-do” list type of gal, but recently I have been really defining the process. Two people who inspired me to start taking planning seriously. Brian Tracy with his quote:
“Every minute spent in planning saves 10 minutes in execution.”
So it pays off. Having a clear defined course for your day will ultimately save you time. The second person who inspired me to plan my day was, of course, Tony Robbins. I have his quote posted on my calendar.
“When you talk about something, it’s a dream. When you envision it, it’s exciting. When you plan it, it’s possible. But, when you schedule it, it’s real.”
This quote is so spot on. It’s true, things that get scheduled get done. You show up to work, whether it be 4am, 9am, or 5pm, because you’re scheduled. You show up to your doctor’s appointment because it’s scheduled.
To be fair, there are probably other reasons you show up to these places, but mainly you’re there at the time specified because it’s scheduled.
That’s the stage I’m at now. My entire day (everyday) runs on hour by hour schedule. When people say I’m crazy, I respond “I don’t care”. This method of planning has been the key to my productivity and goal achievement, not to mention my sanity.
Before you begin to plan your actions for the day, you need a year overview. Do you have goals written out for every area of your life? If not I highly encourage you to do that as soon as possible.
You can’t afford to go another day without setting meaningful and specific goals. Clarity is power. The more specific you are about exactly what it is you want, the more your brain knows how to get there.
If you have never set goals before, or if you have but failed to accomplish them, I created something that will help you. It’s called “The Ultimate Goal Setting Workbook”. It’s free and you’re welcome to download it here at any time.
For now we will use 3 of my goals, I wrote out using the Goal Setting workbook, as examples. I will share one goal from each area of my life (business, relationship, and Self-improvement).
Business Goal: I easily gain at least 1,000 new amazing inspiring like-minded YT subscribers by December 31 2017.
As you see the goal is clear and specific. Next step is to break it down into bite size pieces.
Breakdown: To get to 1k subscribers I need about 83 a month, 21 a week, and 3 a day.
Breaking your goal down to a day to day basis is essential because it makes it more seem less farfetched and more manageable.
Also because that’s all we really have control over. Today, this moment. If we take charge and focus on today every day, progress will be inevitable.
The next step is to make a list of action steps. what am I gonna do to make it happen? What are the requirements to accomplish this goal?
What are some action steps I must take to help me reach this goal by the end of the year? These are the action steps that I will use to plan my day effectively using Evernote. Here’s what I came up with:
Action Steps: I make at least 1 new video a week. I watch videos on the topic. I Comment on every video I watch. I subscribe to at least two channels a week that are similar to mine. I blog about my videos. I invite new email subscribers to check out my channel. I use Instagram and FB to promote my videos. I bought Adele’s Youtube book.
The final part to a well written goal is your “why”. Don’t set goals just because they sound good or because everyone else is doing it. You need a real purpose behind each goal. This will help you stay on top of your game and motivated to keep pushing forward every day.
Why: I connect with like-minded individuals. I help others by sharing what I know. I get better at speaking and sharing ideas. It’s another source of income.
So now you get the just of how to set goals properly and how they will help you plan your day. Let’s speed through the last two examples. Then I will show you how to input this information in the Evernote app.
Self-Improvement Goal: I easily read at least 20 new informative, inspiring, and motivational books By December 31, 2017.
Breakdown: 5,000 pages a year, 416 pages a month, and 14 pages a day. (This math is for books with about 250 pages)
Actions: Read 15 minutes every morning and night. Have a book downloaded on kindle and have one at home. Instead of being on social media I enjoy reading books.
Why: To learn and grow. To improve my writing. To be inspired and motivated.
Relationship Goal: I easily spend time with my kids every day. I make it an enjoyable bonding moment by December 31 2017.
Actions: Make plans the day before. Research fun games. Schedule it.
Why: Having an amazing relationship with my kids is important to me and I make it a top priority.
The purpose of organizing your goals and action plans this way is so you can strategically choose what goes on your daily to do list.
This will help avoid wasting energy on things that have no real purpose, like an idle car. It’s on but it isn’t going anywhere. It’s just parked there wasting gas and energy. What a shame!
Onto Evernote. Watch The Tutorial Below.
Some final note’s about this method of planning:
Scheduling your day helps you use Parkinson’s Law to your advantage.
This law states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”.If you have a deadline in two weeks to finish a project, you’re gonna take two weeks to complete it. If you had 5 days to complete the same project you would only take 5 days.
Giving yourself a deadline to complete projects creates a sense of urgency. You’ll be more apt to staying focused and avoiding distractions.
This method will work for everyone
Regardless of your situation, weather you’re a stay at home mom, work full time, or are a college student, this method of planning will help you use your time more efficiently.
The items on the list are not set in stone
Things are bound to come up. If something goes wrong in my day I can move or cancel things to make sure the important stuff still gets done. There’s been days that I ditch the list all together.
Never lose track of what you should do next
When you start to get overwhelmed, look at your list and focus on what’s most important. Even moments that would have been wasted can be turned into task completion opportunities.
You’re all set. Use what you’ve learned. Go out there and plan you’re most productive day ever! Did you find this blog post helpful? Let me know. Leave me a comment below. What was your biggest take away from this blog post?