Planning Your Work and Working Your Plan

In this Health Minute we will take the first two articles and use them to formulate our personal success plan.  We need to convert our dream into a plan that identifies what we need to do to make our dream our reality. This is a universal principle. Even God uses it. In eternity past He made a plan based on His dream. Once He had decided on what He desired, He then formulated a plan to achieve His grand purpose.  The plan included creating the universe, creating man in His image, dealing with His enemy, and eventually arriving at His destination.  If it worked for Him, it should work for us.

So, here we go.  Firstly let’s look at what we need in order to get the job done – our tool kit.

  1. The written out copy of your dream, goal or whatever you wish to call it.
  2. A sheet of paper and a pencil or the more modern smartphone or tablet.
  3. A calendar

Write down a list of things that need to be done in order to accomplish your goal. Your list should include whatever comes to mind. At this point, don’t pre-judge whether the idea is a good one or not. You’ll decide that later. Once you have made up your list, it’s time to categorize each item.  Use the following criteria: if the item is important and needs to be done immediately, categorize it as A and do it as soon as possible.  I like to call these items, Do It Now items. If the item is important but does not need to be done right away or can only be done if a category A item is first done, categorize it as a B.  These items are generally matters such as long range planning or matters that support your Category A items.  If you decided an item is relatively unimportant and does not need to be done immediately categorize it as a C and basically forget about them for now.  If, later on they become more important, re-categorize t

Now, start working on the category A items.  Put them on your scheduler or calendar and start working on them.  As they get done, strike them off your list and go on to the next item.  Focus your attention on Category A items as they are the most important and work on them EVERY DAY, even if only for a short time.  Remember that any day that goes by in which you have not worked on your plan is a wasted day as far as achieving your goals are concerned.  You should also take at least 15 minutes every morning to review your progress and plan what you will do TODAY to reach your goal.  This is a simple yet effective way to plan your work and work your plan.

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