The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide Part 4: Time To Put Things Into Plan

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Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Planning

Complete Series

Part 1 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Introduction to GSPET
Part 2 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Setting Your Goals
Part 3 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Coming Out With Your Strategy
Part 4 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Time To Put Things Into Plan – You are at Part 4 of the Series.
Part 5 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Turning Dreams Into Reality
Part 6 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Keeping Your Eyes On Your Goal At All Time

Planning – GSPET

A goal without a plan is just a wish.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

After reading The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, you should have your goals and the strategies on how to achieve it. Right now, you need to start planning on how to make full use of your time and allocate your tasks into your daily schedule.

First thing first, you need to know your ETs (Essential Tasks). You already know what are your ETs when you are coming out with strategies to help your achieve your goals. These are the 80/20 tasks that will give you the most results with the least amount of effort and time.

What you need to do in the planning stage is to allocate your ETs into your daily schedule. In the planning phase, you will also commit all your tasks into your daily schedule to help you to follow through.

Don’t Start Your Day Without Going Through This

I like to work with a calendar and I recommend Google Calendar. It is free and it is what I use to help me plan my day.

I go through my Google Calendar everyday to help me know what are the things that I need to do for the day. This helps me to remind what my ETs and priorities are for the day. My ETs are scheduled into my day and I will make sure that I work on them.

Using Google Calendar, you will be able to plan in time blocks of 30 minutes. We will be using this feature to help you plan your time.

I set my Google Calendar in weekly format and I make plans with it every Sunday. What I do is that I allocate my ETs into my free time. I like to allocate my ETs in the morning and work on them as the first thing for the day. You can allocate your ETs on your free time or at time when you feel you are most productive.

Why plan and write down your tasks in Google Calendar? Writing down your ETs and allocating them a time block in your day means that you are making them priorities. When you write it down in your calendar, it also reminds yourself to be committed to your tasks.

If you start your day without any plan in place, there will be distractions and interruptions that will push you off track.

There will be scenarios like your friends may call you out for a drink or you may want to hang out with your friends after work. You will go ahead and attend these activities when you do not make plan for your ETs.

Having your ETs set in your Calendar means that you are committed to doing it. If your ETs are scheduled on the 7pm to 9pm time block on Thursday and your friends call you out for dinner that night, you must be able to say No to them because that is the time block that you set for your ETs. The only thing you are going to do in the time blocks that you had committed is you working on your ETs. That’s all.

You have to start protecting your time. When you make plans for your ETs that will bring your closer to your goals, you have to protect your valuable time that you can use to execute your tasks.

Start planning for your ETs. Allocate them the time blocks and give them the top priority over any other thing else.

Problems You Might Face

You might be working 9 to 5 and a huge chunk of your time is spent in your office. There isn’t much time for your ETs except the morning and night.

If you are pressed for time, don’t worry. There will be enough time but only if you know what are your priorities.

TV Sucks Life Out Of You

There wouldn’t be enough time if you spend your evening watching LOST and you choose to wake up late because you spend the previous night watching TV.

The average American spend around 4.5 hours watching TV. (I wonder how they get their time to watch TV?) That is about 1642.5 hours a year and that equates to 2 months in a year. Assuming you are 70 years old, which means that you are glued to the TV for around 12 years of your life. Is that how you want to spend your lifetime?

It doesn’t make sense if you are spending 2 months watching TV in a year and you say that you don’t have enough time to work on your goals.

I stopped watching TV programs with regularity when I’m 18. I thought that there are things much more interesting than watching TV programs.

I use these valuable time to:

There are so many things that you can do with your free time if you are able to get off the couch and stop watching the TV.

Not to mention that there are many negative media that will pollute your mind when you watch TV programs.

If you are watching TV and you complain about the lack of time, it is time to stop doing it and start creating magic in your life with the new found free time.

Internet: The Time Sucking Beast

The internet connects us to people and news all around the world. It is a good thing because we are able to get more information faster freely. It also helps us to stay connected to many more of our friends.

The downside to the internet is that we are so addicted to it that most of us can’t get through the day without staying disconnected.

Think Facebook, Email and Twitter. These are the common time wasters that many people indulge in.

If you are spending at least 2 hours a day on these social media sites then you shouldn’t complain there isn’t enough time for you to work on your goals.

Conclusion

You do have enough time. The thing that you need to know is your priorities. If you do not know what your priorities are, then you won’t have enough time even if there are 48 hours in a day.

Start planning now and schedule your ETs and tasks into your Calendar and plan for success.

Next, you can continue to read Part 5 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Turning Dreams Into Reality

Following Up:

1) Do you know why sometimes failing is needed in life?

Complete Series

Part 1 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Introduction to GSPET
Part 2 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Setting Your Goals
Part 3 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Coming Out With Your Strategy
Part 4 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Time To Put Things Into Plan
Part 5 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Turning Dreams Into Reality – Click here to read Part 5 of the Series
Part 6 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Keeping Your Eyes On Your Goal At All Time


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