5 Simple Steps to Begin Planning

Seven months ago you made a few promises to yourself. New Year’s resolutions. Most likely, one of which was to become more organized and manage your time better.

For whatever reason you may not have gotten started, but fear not, there’s plenty of time left for you to be organized and in control of your time in 2010.

Here are a few tips for getting started:

1) Divide Your Time

The best place to begin is by creating categories that describe the various aspects of your life. These are the primary areas where your time should go, and where people tend have the most difficulties in managing their time.

The most commonly used are:

  • Home: refers to all aspects of maintaining your home dwelling, including household cleaning, maintenance, groceries, and outdoor projects.
  • Work: contains all of your work-related commitments and responsibilities.
  • Family: pertains to the health and prosperity of your spouse, children, and relatives, and your relationship with these family members.
  • Finance: includes all activities related to the management of your bills, loans, budgets and investments.
  • Self: anything related to maintaining your personal health, happiness, and well-being.

2) Create Goals

Get out five sheets of paper (or use blank pages on your computer) and title each with one of the above categories. Now, put yourself in your role for each category and write several aspirations. For example, for Home you might want to finish your basement this year and keep a routine cleaning schedule this month. Remember to be specific, realistic, and have a time frame in mind.

3) Make Your Master Lists

Now, underneath your goals, write out all the tasks and activities that pertain to each category. Make this a big brain dump – write what you need to get done toward achieving these goals.

4) Get on Schedule

Start a calendar where you can track all of your appointments and schedule time for activities in your life categories. For ease of recognition, use different color ink to differentiate items from each specific category.

5) Plan Daily

Each morning, write out a list of tasks you can accomplish. Choose tasks from each category. Balance is lost when one aspect of your life is being neglected, so keep in touch with your lists on a regular basis.

Do you have any tips for beginners? Please comment.

Jeff Doubek, Day-Timer SpokespersonDay-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at jeff.doubek@daytimer.com.

2 thoughts on “5 Simple Steps to Begin Planning

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