Planning!

Planning is so important in life from planning how you want your business to succeed to planning on how you will spend your day. Planning is important in life because you need to have a target of what you want to achieve. If you are running a business you want to know exactly what you want to achieve from the business and where you want to be. If you are in a relationship then you will obviously know exactly what you want from it or what you want out of it, and if you are playing a game then you obviously want to be good at it. Even cooking requires a degree of time management and planning, so it’s more important in your life than you may realise. It is a good thing to do just to muster up motivation, and here are a few tips of what you can do to plan better!

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Setting a realistic and achievable target

The fact is, although we all want to achieve as much as possible in a small amount of time as possible, it is always important to ensure that your targets are SMART. If you want to achieve success, ensuring that you hit small weekly or monthly targets can ensure that you keep on the right track to achieve a big target in the end. Make sure that you know exactly what you need to do to achieve these targets, and if they are possible within a specific amount of time then you can create an overall target with is both realistic and achievable. This is the key to ensuring that you are making small victories and moving your business forward at a good pace.

Time management

There is only so much amount of time within each day, and even less time that you can realistically work at an optimum output before you either start underperforming or become burnt out. Some tasks are time specific also, and can’t be performed at certain times. For example, if you plan on cold calling or selling to other businesses, then you only have during average office hours to make these phone calls and sales. That is why you need to plan out what you will be doing during what time of the day before you over or underestimate. You can lose so many potential working hours and quite frankly money just from not properly allocating the right tasks at the right time, or using too little or too much time during the day to complete these tasks. Try to make a calendar of your work day. Then use the hours that you have to work and decide what tasks should be worked on at what time. For example, I work around 10 hours a day, so I need to make sure that I am doing the best tasks possible for those times to get the most out of each day.

Figure out the most effective way to complete a task

So it’s pretty self-explanatory in the title, but figuring out the most effective and efficient way to completely a task will do you wonders. You can try to complete a task using as little time as possible, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be done correctly. You could also complete a task to the highest quality, but if the task is not done in a time efficient manner then it does just as much damage as a task that has not been done properly. That’s why ensuring that you are able to be as efficient as possible is useful. The easiest way to ensure that you are being efficient is by planning what you want to do. Figure out how much time it will take to complete a task and then figure out how you can complete it. It really is that simple. Make sure that you know the exact steps that are needed to be taken to complete a task and ensure that you work as quickly as possible to complete it the correct way, and you would be surprised how much more you can do every day.