They say when you plan for a day, you’re building a habit forever. And we wholeheartedly agree!
Planning for even one day can increase a person’s drive to think of a better future and do well. That’s because planning allows you to think of achievable goals and the actions needed to crush them.
Have you ever tried your hand at planning your day in advance? It sounds quite simple and there’s no wrong way to do it. It’s easy when you know what needs to be done ahead of time and what tasks you can add in a to do list.
But planning one day is easy enough. Planning an entire year is an entirely different story, even more so when you do it in advance.
In planning ahead of time, the benefits usually justify the means. Planning in advance is a good exercise that does a lot of good. The most obvious being getting organized to better prepare the future; which can add an overall sense of calm while you’re doing it.
Here are some tips to start you off as a beginner in advanced planning:
- Count Your Blessings Everyday
Always start with GRATITUDE. Set your mind into beginning your day (week, month or year) with a heart that’s grateful for the life you have and a mind that seeks out all the positives within it.
This helps one important thing in planning for a year - it influences your goals and actions, sets all plans in the right direction. If you’re able to name your blessings, one day at a time, you will find a way out of the unexpected negative things that may happen.
That’s because a positive intention always negates a bad one, every single time.
2. Treat Each Goal As If They Were Already Accomplished
Doing this is a unique practice but one that empowers your goals (and yourself) to direct your energy and focus into accomplishing them.
Once you treat your goals as if they’re achieved, you’d be more motivated to make new ones and do your best to reach old ones fast. The point to this would be to drive your motivation into accomplishing as many goals as you can in the shortest time possible.
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Be specific.What this does is to help you create a step by step plan on how to achieve your bigger goals. Using small actionable steps is a practical way to reach nearly impossible goals.
You may ask, how do you do this exactly? Start by being honest about the reasons why you want to achieve this goal. Deciding on a goal is the easiest step but remember, there’s work that must be followed through. This is the hard part.
Smaller goals as a means to reaching a bigger one makes this work a lot more doable.
4. Follow A System
Planning requires a lot of organizing and lots of constant tracking.
Build a progress system of your own where you’re able to double check the important things you need to do first. For this, you’ll need a planner system.
A lot of the available ones will have a built-in system. All you have to do is pick and choose which planner system suits your lifestyle the best.
5. Fill In Your Calendar With Important Dates
For a very obvious reason, marking your important dates help to remind you that these are not to be missed. As soon as you establish these dates, add them into your calendar system immediately.
Locking in those dates will help navigate around plans and activities based on those important dates. These can be life events, important holidays, vacation days, to name a few.
This part is easy when you have a calendar you can gaze at-a-glance in the planner system you choose.
6. Pencil In A Lot of Active Days
Part of the holistic approach to planning is to include some activities that promote health and wellness. An example of this is to plan your meals ahead or tracking your vitamin intake.
More than being productive and reaching goals, even if you don’t plan on it, it is a MUST to keep your health in check. Add exercises to your daily routine or plan on learning a sport like running, indoor sports, or do yoga. And do them 2-3 times a week.
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7. Be Generous to Yourself and Your Mistakes
Easy mistakes like going off schedule or missing and/or forgetting your priorities are inevitable. So remember to make room for them in planning for a year.
Advanced planning relies on predicated dates and actions based on past events and activities in your life but that does not mean these plans can’t change unexpectedly.
So if you’re ever unsure, don’t mark it permanently in your planner just yet so you will have room for changes later. In cases where unexpected things happen, be flexible about your plans and allow room for mistakes in the future.
8. Be Smart About Your Choices
Choose activities that will help you reach your goals faster. Planning in advance will help improve your productivity so it is encouraged that you select and plan activities well. Prioritizing your tasks, for example, is a smart way to keep stress away.
Smart thinking while planning means placing a purpose to every action you decide to do.
Don’t just plan without thinking of what you can get out of it. Doing this eliminates wasting time and preserving what matters most.
9. Plan to Keep Stress Away
As far as priorities are concerned, always make it a point to direct your steps towards positive actionable goals. This way, you have the right foundation to handle stress that may come later on.
Make it a point to make choices in favor of what makes you happy and always free yourself from anything that might stress you.
It’s easier when you prepare a to-do list for days in advance. Keep adding on to this list as you progress throughout the year but always with the goal of keeping stress at bay
10. Make Self Improvement A Habit
Take on simple and doable tasks that promote wellness and healthy habits such as tracking your water or hydration intake, exercise routines or diet restrictions (if any).
Self improvement tasks tend to become habits when they are closely monitored. If you’re new to this, start simple. There’s no need to get overboard.
The key point here is to plan your meals, exercises or other wellness habits ahead so you don’t forget to do them. The main advantage is to improve your health. It’s a good way to incorporate long lasting habits into your planning system.
Whether you use a system or not, there is no wrong way to plan in advance for as long as your intentions are honest and you keep yourself in check to follow through. Plans are best when they’re achieved and ticked off from a list.
So, how about finally doing it?