Creating Action Plans

renata-adrienn-711234-unsplashProductivity!

Nothing really feels better to me than knocking things off my to-do list.

But if you’re like me, knowing what to do is just as important as doing it.

Not to mention, that little booger procrastination can slip in and throw everything off kilter.

So I came up with a system that helps me chunk down the tasks of my business, home, and personal life so that I can handle it in an approachable, clear way.

What is my goal for the week?

What do I want to have accomplished by Friday? What would make me feel successful and on the right path to my goals and ambitions?

Example: I’m restructuring my coaching course The Bloom Method. I have separated it down by modules, by the end of the week I would like to have two of those modules completed.

So this is our priority work: whether you work in an office, or have your own business, setting priorities is a key function in time management.

When do I need to have this accomplished?

When setting tasks, set a deadline! Work expands to the time you give it. Try using a handy pomodoro timer (25 minutes of work followed by a 5 minute break) to see how long tasks take when you are able to fully focus. I personally use this timer https://tomato-timer.com

Having a deadline matters, or else everything will slip in to the ether, along with your missing socks and all the hair ties.

Where are you going to do this?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my home office is not conducive to the kind of work I want to do. If I need to really focus and get out of the house, I head to my favorite little coffee shop and soak up everybody else’s productivity vibes. Make sure when you are scheduling high priority tasks, your environment is set up to champion your cause.

Who do you need to be to accomplish this?

When we look at bigger projects, starting a business, overhauling your home, managing your children’s schedule etc. it is important to recognize that you might not have all the skills you need to accomplish it yet.

I don’t say this to scare you, but if you are setting up a social media platform that you have never used before, schedule yourself some time to learn that skill. You may not have the knowledge you need to do everything, but there is always time to learn or delegate.

Also, constrain! Give yourself time and focus, put your everyday tasks on your calendar and schedule them so you have time to focus on your highest priorities. The counters won’t wipe down themselves, but they can wait until you’re done. Know what matters.

Have a fantastic, productive week.

Alissa

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