How To Stick To A Plan
You know how it goes. You have a great idea for the next big project, or how to improve your business. And then you get distracted by something else and forget about it.
Or you start on it and never finish because you don’t have enough time. The key is in how to stick to a plan- but how? Here are 9 solid steps that will help you stay focused on your goals and achieve them!
Step One: Write Your Goals
Make a list of everything you want to achieve. This is how you’ll get your plan in place for the future!
Step Two: Make A Plan Of Actions To Accomplish These Goals
-What do I need? Do I have enough time, money or energy to complete these tasks? What steps will it take for me to accomplish this goal on my timeline and budget? Who can help me with any pieces that are missing from this puzzle?
Be sure not to go off track by making too many goals at once or trying multiple big projects at one time; focus on accomplishing what’s right in front of you first before adding more later. It’s also helpful if possible to break up large projects into smaller tasks so you feel more accomplished and can see how far you’ve come. What are the obstacles in my way? What must happen for me to achieve this goal?
Step Three: Set deadlines, Establish a plan of action
It’s important not to jump right into your work without thinking about how much time it will take or how long it will last. Make sure that if you have other commitments like school, family obligations or personal responsibilities then they are included as well! Write down all the steps that need to be done on paper with set deadlines where appropriate.
This is how your day planner should look; just make sure everything else falls back from there afterwards! Remember also that one step does not equal life goals; make sure you have a clear cut plan for how to achieve your goals and what the next steps are.
Step Four: Create A Schedule That Works For You
What tasks will I be doing on Monday, Wednesday, Friday?
What can happen concurrently or before my weekly responsibilities so that they’re not interrupting each other too much?
How often am I going to check in with myself about how everything is progressing towards these goals? What’s an appropriate way of checking without being obsessive (i.e., email alerts)?
How long will it take me to complete this project on average if all goes well and how many hours per day should I allocate for working on them over the course of one month? If I had a partner how much time would I need to complete this?
Step Five: Reward Yourself For Progress
Do you love food and cooking? Put aside some money for binges or take yourself out for a nice dinner. Do you like getting your nails done, shopping or watching movies without interruption from others? Give yourself permission!
Step Six – Ask Friends To Help You Out When Necessary
Most people are too busy worrying about themselves that they forget how many other people might be able to help them with their goals! Reach out to at least three friends who can provide different skillsets so you don’t have the same problem as before; then once your project is completed reward those friends with something they enjoy doing together!
Step Seven: Make It Your Responsibility To Stay Focused
What are some of the things that can distract you from what’s really important? How do I keep myself on track without getting bored or burned out? What will make me feel accomplished and how often should I check in with myself to see how much progress has been made, if any at all? Send yourself an email every day letting yourself know how many hours have gone into your work so far.
If it helps write down a list of tasks for each week or month ahead instead. Maybe plan a fun outing once per week where you take care of nothing but relaxing! That way when Monday rolls around again there’ll be something to look forward to!
Step Eight: Celebrate Your Accomplishments
-Sometimes all it takes is a pat on the back or a few words of encouragement to get you through those hard moments. Let yourself know how much progress has been made so far and how good it feels! Celebrate with your friends, family or pets by treating them when they deserve it too; this will help keep up morale where there may be low points in the future.
Step Nine: Don’t Give Up On Yourself
Each step counts whether we’re talking about getting out of bed for that early morning jog or finishing an assignment before time runs out. Remain focused and don’t sell yourself short no matter how long things take – one day at a time is what does the trick!
Why you need to make a plan
If you don’t have a plan, how will you know what to do? You’ll be left guessing and wasting time. Plus life is unpredictable so it’s important that your strategy has flexibility built in.
You’ll never know when you’re going to have a big project due. Because of this, it’s important that we all make some sort of plan for ourselves in order to be more productive and less stressed out before the deadline arrives!
Steps to create your own workable plan
- Pick a goal to accomplish.
- Set up short-term and long term goals with deadlines for completion and have an emergency plan in place if things don’t go as planned.
- List your resources by category: money, time, people/supplies needed (give specifics).
- Create a budget or timeline illustrating how you will allocate the necessary funds over the course of this project so there is enough left at each stage to complete that step prior to moving on again – take into account unexpected expenses too!
- Write out what success looks like from start until end; know where you are going before beginning any journey.
- Be realistic about your abilities but also flexible when required because circumstances change often outside our control.
How to stick with your plan when things get tough
The best way to stick with your plan when things get tough is by knowing what you want and why. When the going gets rough, it’s important that you can remind yourself of those reasons so they become a constant motivator for success instead of something pushing against.
The more often you are reminded about who or what this goal benefits, the easier time sticking through will be because seeing their face makes everything worth it in comparison to how amazing life could one day be if only we keep on trying!
Ways to keep track of progress on your goals
One of the most important things to do when setting goals is to keep track. It’s not enough just think about and visualize your goal in your mind, you need a way to measure progress towards it on an ongoing basis. That could mean anything from keeping tabs with little tick marks or drawing up graphs for yourself so that if you’re using milestones as benchmarks (e.g., monthly), then every month can be marked off by how many days until the deadline has been met).
In terms of making sure all these tasks are being done at regular intervals, there are some great tools out there like Toggl which will time-track this information automatically according out what program one might have open–or even set occasional reminders through email.
If you’re struggling with sticking to a plan, these tips should help. It’s not easy staying on track when the world seems so chaotic and uncertain but it is possible if you take small steps every day. The more in-control of your life that you feel, the easier it will be for you to focus on what matters most–your health and happiness.
I hope this article has helped inspire or motivate you to stay focused on your goals by creating an actionable plan that works for YOU! Which tip resonated with you? Comment below! Let us know how we can support your journey too :).