Set your intentions for the month ahead. People who plan, achieve more!
Create a list of things you want to achieve or make progress on by the end of the next 30 days.
Think ahead, write everything down and make it as relevant as possible. You want to keep yourself focused and willing to achieve these tasks instead of procrastinating.
Once you have a list for the month, you should choose a task for each week. It is better to concentrate on one thing during the week and do it well, rather than trying to do too many things. Once you have chosen your task, try to break it down into 3 steps…
Task: Start my assignment.
- Plan the structure
- Find 3 useful sources, or books
- Write the first 250 words by Friday
This seems much easier than just saying, ‘I will start my assignment next week’. You are not giving yourself a time frame, a plan, or knowledge of the resources needed to start the task. However, when you break it down, you know where to start and also have a deadline that allows you to give this task a priority, allowing it to be completed on time.
On Sunday, review the list and check which tasks you achieved and select the new tasks for the following week. You do not have to include the missed tasks from the previous week as they are not relevant anymore. Remember you want to be focusing on the most important tasks that will help you progress towards your wider goals.
By the end of the 30 days, you will be able to see which tasks you completed and create a new list for the next 30 days.
If you reschedule the same task more than three times, it is probably because it is not very important. Therefore, you should remove it as you want to keep your mind focused on the important tasks. Remember that the 80/20 Rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, says that 80% of your results will come from 20% of your efforts.