This disruptive item comes with it’s own saying;
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Yes, my friend, you guessed it. I’m going to be talking about having;
Why does not having a plan derail your productivity? Surely if you have things to do, you should just roll up your sleeves and start, right? Why waste any precious time planning?
Or perhaps you think, “I don’t need to plan, I know what I need to do so I just get to it.”.
I’ve had both of those mindsets myself. But let me tell you why planning is so important.
A game plan helps you win
Our lives are seldom made of single item days. The reality is that we have more than one thing to do each day and having a plan guides you through your day so that you don’t waste any time. And so that nothing falls through the cracks and gets missed. Each day needs a game plan. Wars are won, companies are built and days are made successful with plans.
In this case, a game plan is essentially a plan of attack. It draws out what you will deal with first, second and third. Where you need backup and when you might want to pull in a substitution to achieve your goals for the day.
Planning helps you prioritise all the things you need to do so that the most important stuff gets dealt with – always. If we were to just attack the things on our list without thinking about the order of importance, we’d probably procrastinate on the really important stuff.
A lot of really important things can also be difficult to do, and so it’s no wonder we naturally avoid them. Prioritising helps you to gain vision and motivates you to do troublesome tasks which you would rather recoil from.
You can see which items can be delegated to other people better when you assess how much you have to do. If you just started going from one task to the next and doing everything yourself, chances are you won’t get everything done. And furthermore, you may have done some tasks that could easily have been delegated, because you were just charging through them. And this would have freed up your time to do the things only you can do.
Make a game plan for you day and prioritise your to do list. There are tons of free printables online that you could use. Right now, I write out a to do list in my bullet journal in the evening. It’s just a brain dump of everything I need to get done. And then in the morning, I plan my day using my printable called The Daily Game Plan. You can get yours free here. It helps me not only prioritise my tasks but also block schedule time to achieve them so I know whether or not there are enough hours in my day for the things I want to achieve. And which tasks need to be migrated to another day or delegated to somebody else.
Do you plan your days? If so, how do you do it? Do you use a ready-made printable or just a plain piece of paper? I’d love to hear about your productivity tools in the comments below.
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