Planning Is Winning

Posted On February 19, 2007 | Written by Emmanuel Oluwatosin

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!”

Your ability to plan well, in advance, is a measure of your overall competence. The better the plan you have, the easier it is for you to overcome procrastination, to get started , and then to keep going. Always remember that you have to win on paper first before you can win in the [tag]business[/tag] world.

The first stage in creating a winning plan is to have a list. Always work from a list. This will help you to stay focused and to maximise your time. When something new comes up, don’t do it immediately. Just add it to the list and focus on doing what is next on the list.

You can increase your productivity and output by 25% or more from the first day that you begin working consistently from a list.” [tag]Brian Tracy[/tag]

Can you still remember the reasons why you started that business? Those things you ever wanted to be or do when you were growing up? That is only possible if you set your mind to it and plan your time accordingly. Goals act like a magnet, pulling you towards it. The realization of your “dream” requires some goals and action. Planning helps you  stay on track and also helps you to channel your energy right.

Get out a piece of paper now and title it MY DREAMS. Draw four columns and label them: Section, 1 – 5 years, 6 – 25 years, and Date. List everything that comes to your mind. Don’t bother about eliminating anything now. You should focus on creating a master list on which you write down everything you can think of that you want to do some time in the future. This is the place where you capture every idea that comes to or every new task or responsibility that comes up. You can then sort out the items later.

Brainstorm on everything you have under your  “1 – 5 years” and “5 – 25 years“. Fill in the DATE column with the DEADLINE by when you would like to accomplish it. This has become your goal. The next stage is to logically put a plan in place instead of letting things “take care of themselves.” Divide your [tag]plans[/tag] into yearly, monthly, weekly and daily. Create your daily list the night before in line with your 5-year plan, at the end of the workday.

Move everything that you have not yet accomplished onto your list for the coming day and then add everything that you have to do the next day. This makes your subconscious mind to work on your list all night long during sleep. You might even wake up with great ideas and insights that you can use to get your job done faster and better than you had initially thought.

As you work through the day, tick off the items on your list as you complete them. A good journal will help you to achieve this while helping you to create a visual picture of accomplishment. Seeing myself working progressively through my list motivates and energizes me and I believe you would derive the same benefit. As you work through your lists, you will feel more and more effective and powerful. You will feel more in control of your life. You will be naturally motivated to do even more. You will think better and more creatively and you will get more and better insights that enable you to do your work even faster.

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  1. Love the website and the inspiring messages but I do feel you should kill the music intro when opening up the page. Just a thought.

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