There are less than 90 days till the New Year. Do you know what you want to accomplish before the year is over?
Now is the perfect time to think and plan for what you want in the next 90 days otherwise it’ll be 2014 and you’ll be saying “there just isn’t enough time to get everything done” and you wouldn’t be alone in feeling that way.
A project list with actionable items just seem so much better than a jumble of thoughts and ideas that don’t get done rolling around in your head and keeping you up at night, doesn’t it? We know a project list can seem daunting so we ask that you give this 5 step process a try….maybe this weekend and give yourself something to celebrate at the end of this year!
The success you’ll experience using the five steps is:
- You’ll capture all your thoughts about the tasks and mini projects that you want to accomplish – this is a good activity for your brain
- You’ll consciously decide what you will and will not do – this is liberating
- You’ll plan all that needs to be done – this is powerful
- You’ll schedule it into your calendar – so you are confident about what to do and when
- You’ll celebrate your accomplishments – which might be something you don’t do often!
We like to begin by creating two groups: one is for our personal life and the other is for our professional life.
Step One: Identify what you want Some examples could include:
- Renovate the bathroom
- Have a custom built closet installed
- Clean out the garage
- Analyze revenue streams
- Create 2014 budget
- Prepare a holiday card for clients
Step Two: Write it all down It’s important to keep the information organized and keep all the ideas you have grouped together in one place. It may technically be two places if you decide that personal and professional should each be separated. This could be in a Word doc, Excel spread sheet or in Evernote. Your brain needs to trust that you have captured the information in a reliable and safe place. If it doesn’t, those thoughts will continue to roll around in your head and disturb you when you’re trying to sleep.
Step Three: Choose This is where honesty with you begins. Take a look at your lists and then take a look at your calendar and ask yourself what is imperative for me to accomplish and what is not. Now you can choose which mini project you’ll work.
Step Four: Plan The planning you do here will save you a considerable amount of time on execution because you’re thinking about everything and everyone pertaining to the project. Plan out all the details a) what has to happen, b) who needs to be involved, and c) what you’re next step will be to get the ball rolling.
Step Four: Schedule This is where you’ll take time now to save time later. Write into your calendar and add to your task list all the actions associated with your mini project (that you identified in step three).
As you plan and then schedule action items you brain continues to trust that you are doing what needs to be done exactly when it needs to be done and now knows that it can stop waking you up in the middle of the night.