“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn
Here’s another great quote emphasizing the importance of planning. Some of us create very detailed plans, while others are a little more loose with our schedules. In some cases, people don’t plan at all, trying to just “wing it”. I this latter category of people are the most affected by Jim Rohn’s quote.
What is a plan? For me, I am using the Best Self planner. It is composed of a goal planner for 13 weeks, a weekly review of your habitual goals, a monthly calendar, and a daily calendar. It focuses on only three target items each day.
You may think: “Wow, that isn’t that much.” The focus is the key when you make a plan. You cannot accomplish everything you want in a day. You will only have time to knock down a few key items. This took me a while to wrap my mind around. I used to be one of those folks who wanted to write down every single thing I needed to do and try to get them all knocked out. Problem: You can’t. Subsequently, much of my planning activities revolved around moving an unfinished task from one day to the next–not the most efficient use of our time right?
If you can try to apply this to your daily plans, you’ll feel more accomplished. You’ll also get a heck of a lot more done. It is much easier to get three things done then try to get 20 things done. The quality of your work will be better and you’ll get a nice kick to your sense of accomplishment as you cross each of these three things off your day.
Here’s a link to the Best Self Company if you’d like to try this planner out. It is streamlined, has all of the key items I look for in a planner and really keeps me focused on a very small group of things.
Until next time…