Most people do not plan to fail, they fail to plan. – John L. Beckley
I often ask people where they want to be in the next year and what they are doing each day to get there.
Many people have a vision of where they want to be but lack a plan.
And, if they have a plan do not have a repeatable system in place that empowers them with the ability to make progress on a weekly basis toward realizing the goals they set for themselves.
The reality is, a weekly plan is critical to help keep us moving forward. Otherwise, life just happens to us. We lose complete control over our destiny, and the reality is, we do have more control over where we put our time and energy than we might imagine.
I hear the same response nearly every time I speak with someone who is yet to realize the life of their dreams…
Do you have goals? No.
Do you have a plan that you work on a weekly basis to get you from where you are to where you want to be? No.
Many people believe weekly planning is a complete waste of time, yet it is the same people that sit back and wonder how others seem to get so much done.
A plan has quite literally become a cornerstone to transforming what I get done on a weekly basis, and the routine is more simple than one might imagine. These are the steps I go through on a weekly basis to help keep my life moving toward where I desire to be.
Set A Routine Time for Planning
I spend a chunk of time each Sunday evening mapping out my next week, so I flow into Monday knowing what items I am going to begin attacking. Looking back on the prior week helps boost my confidence as I move forward in life, and it creates a clear path to follow in the days ahead.
ACTION ITEM FOR YOU: Schedule a regular time for weekly planning.
Connect with the Big Picture
A question I ask myself on a daily basis is… Where do you want to be in the next 1-5 years?
Each day I take 5-10 minutes to connect with my bigger vision of life, represented on my vision board and written down in my goals notebook. Taking this time to connect with where I am going helps me stay committed to the path I am on, rather than detouring from the course.
I take this time to connect with my purpose, goals, and plan.
Celebrate Progress From Last Week
Reflecting on the accomplishments from the prior week helps boost my mood, maintain momentum, and chart progress toward accomplishing what I want to do with my limited time.
Even the smallest things count, like making my bed, eating a healthy breakfast, sending an email to connect with someone new, showing up to a Yoga class, etc.
Of course, larger items are generally the target, but I try not to discount the power of small consistent changes because, after all, greatness is built by habit and not overnight leaps.
Remember, nothing is too big or small, as long as it is something you are proud of.
Look Back at Life Lessons
A lot happens each week.
We learn new things, meet new people, find sources of inspiration that we didn’t know existed, and dream new dreams. I take five to ten minutes to reflect on my experiences from the last week, which helps me connect with the types of people I wish to attract into my life, experiences I’d like to continue building on and those I would rather not.
Slip-Ups — Where did I fall back on my plan?
What did I not get done last week that is important?
Are there other tasks this week that should be deprioritized so I can accomplish the one or two big things that when accomplished by the end of the week, will make a significant difference in my progress this month?
Clarify Target Outcomes
I clearly write down 5-7 action items that support my top goals for this month, quarter or year.
Remember, we all have the same amount of time each day, how we spend this precious gift makes all the difference in getting to where we want to be.
These items can be big or small, as long as they get you closer to where you want to be.
For example, if my goal is to spend one month in South America this year then maybe it is realistic to spend a few hours working on a budget this week. Or, if I want to get a new consulting project in the next two weeks, then perhaps it is wise to spend some time reaching out to my network and connecting with people in my community that can help me out.
Schedule Your Life
Everything takes time, and generally more than we might have imagined.
It has never been more important to clearly define our schedules than in today’s world of more. We are constantly bombarded by more emails, meetings, text messages, things to do, places to be, projects to complete. It often seems as though the demands of life continue to grow at an exponential rate with each passing day. Life gets full quick. If we are not careful, our precious time begins to be consumed by other people’s priorities and our goals that sing most true to our heart blur back into dreams that we might do “someday.”
Pick a method of daily and weekly scheduling that works for you. I have found a Google Calendar paired with a notebook to be the most useful tools in planning out my week. Whatever tools you decide to use, stick to them.
Complete My Weekly Housekeeping
LEFTOVERS – What is still on my to-do list that can be accomplished in a short amount of time? Do I have small pockets of time that can be used this week to get these smaller items done?
SERVICE – Who can I help this week? I make a list of 1-3 people that I can help this week and make time to help them. Or I find a simple way to give back to my community.
Remember, this is a give and receive world, the more we give, the more we receive.
SUPPORT – Who can help me this week?
Nothing great is done alone.
I make a list of 1-3 people who can help me achieve my objectives for the week.
$PENDING – Review what I spent last week by looking over my bank account.
I also take a short look at my investment accounts to chart changes, progress and deposits made.
You might use your favorite financial planning software or whatever process you have in place. If you run your own business, then take some time to review your expenses and cash flow from the past week.
This weekly action of reviewing finances helps keep us conscious of how much we have and what we are spending money on.
Implement Your Weekly Planning Routine
Now it is your turn. Go forth and make an epic plan that supports your goals.
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And, if you have not taken the time to establish personal goals that truly matter to you, then perhaps making this a part of your plan for the week ahead is a wise investment.
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