FIVE STEPS FOR MASTERING YOUR LIFE PLAN
Throw Away Your Planner and Get Results
Are you a person that uses some sort of planner but still feel like you don’t get everything done? Doesn’t it make you feel? Typically, planners are designed around the concept of organizing all of your to-do lists, which can result in overwhelm.
I’ve used many different types of planners in my career. The better ones have categories that allow you to coordinate and prioritize daily tasks and sections for appointment slots to map out your day. Using various types over the years, I would add to my to-do lists the things that appeared urgent and pressing.
Frequently, those “critically urgent” things ended up taking me further away from my goals. Other times, I wouldn’t even bother listing all the to-do items and kept them in my head. What was my result in using these types of planners? Overwhelm and life dissatisfaction. Yuck!
There are other methods of planning out there. Those like Tony Robbins RPM method of planning really helped me to move away from the concept of a planner to run my life. I love most of RPM, but feel it lacks certain things that I want in a success blueprint. His system inspired me to create something that works better for me. I call it the Refresh Your Why Success Blueprint 30-day Journal.
The framework that I use for doing anything is:
What Result do I want? >> What is my Purpose? >> What is my Massive action plan
I ask myself the above questions for even the most mundane tasks like cleaning the house or the most complicated projects, like creating my courses. This method works in planning my day, week, or undertaking a massive project.
FIVE STEPS FOR MASTERING YOUR LIFE PLAN
1. Capture it on paper. Get what you want to accomplish out of your head and onto paper. When you see in writing all of the to-do items, you’ll get the clutter out of your mind.
2. Create your success blueprint. What is the Result, Purpose, and Massive action you are committed to doing? What are the most important categories or blocks that you’re committed to? Chunk down and associate the areas of life that matter the most. Create blocks or categories associated with your vision and purpose.
Example: My Top three blocks are:
a. Beautiful State (Spirituality)
b. Fun Magician (Relationships)
c. Titan (Lifestyle/Career)
Within my top three blocks are the mini blocks that become my priorities in meeting my life plan. These mini blocks become my to-do lists that will help me get the result or outcome that I want.
3. Commit to leveraged action. Remain focused on your declared result and commit the time to do it. This is another BIG differentiator between a Success Blueprint and a planner.
4. Schedule it. After blocking the time or scheduling each task into categories or blocks, remain committed to completing them. Note: even when urgent requests of your time come in, like from a client or a family member, you can re-prioritize your day or associate the demand to the related block.
Example: I recently had a client that needed a coaching session at the last moment. I put this person at the front of the line and stopped doing what I was working on. I reframed perceptions about how I would remain focused on my “Titan” block. As it turned out, I was able to meet all three blocks by serving this person
5. Complete, measure, and celebrate. Remain focused on what’s most important to you and complete those tasks, giving it your “best.” Each day your “best” may be completely different than the previous day’s “best.” In any event, measure what was accomplished. No matter what, celebrate your successful completion of the day’s to-do list.
The “Sixth” Step
Having clarity on “what” you want and “why” you want it is the pin on the map in starting the journey. Writing it down gets the clutter out of your mind and onto paper. Seeing the tasks in writing enables you to place them into blocks/categories. Place the to-do items in each block and then …
Priorities and Must do’s
First focus on what’s most important and then do these final three things:
1. Must’s. What are the must do’s for the day?
2. How much time? Estimate how much time it will take to complete each one.
3. Leverage. Associate tasks across each block and create net time.
Traditional planning is about the anal stuff. The success blueprint is about emotion centeredness and creating efficiency in getting things done without overwhelm. This is how we can live a life of fulfillment and happiness.