Daily Planning - The 3 Essentials Your Plan Must Have

Every goal setter knows that effective goal setting starts with a plan. As a famous explorer once said, "it is all very well knowing where you are going, but you also need to know how you're going to get there".

Each goal will have its overall route map, but just as important is the plan for each day. What exactly are you going to do each day to move one step closer to your dream?

Here are the three essentials any good day-plan must have:

  1. Manageable chunks. Each task needs to be broken down into smaller segments, known as chunks. The size of a chunk must be such that it can be completed in an hour or two. So if your daily plan calls for you to write a whole chapter of your book, then you must make sure that this is something you can reasonably be expected to complete in that time. If not then consider writing half a chapter or a set number of words instead. Why?
  2. Because variety is the spice of life. If your daily plan simply consists of a list of things which are all the same, then you will very soon tire of your task. Yes, writing a book does require a lot of similar work, but you will find it far more effective and more enjoyable if you can intersperse each chapter with other tasks. For example, try writing 1,000 words and then taking a break to spend an hour editing a previous chapter, or writing part of the index, or plotting the next part of the story or developing one of your character profiles.
  3. Divide your day into time slots. An effective plan recognizes two things. Firstly, that time discipline is necessary, and secondly, that it is not an exact science. You may have a pretty good idea how long it takes you to write 1,000 words, but sometimes it might take you a little longer and sometimes, if things are going well, it might take a lot less. A well designed day-plan will allow extra time for all tasks but be flexible enough to take advantage of unexpected free time too.

Give yourself a plan like this every day and you will be amazed at how efficient you will become in a very short time.

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