"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail"
Have you ever noticed that if you fail to create a plan for your day – nothing productive happens? You may be incredibly busy and spend an entire day doing lots of things but at the end, there’s nothing to show for it. Creating structure for our time and daily activities helps to bring focus to our day.
Those of us, who are naturally more inclined towards organizing, live and die by their to-do list, daily planner and personal organizational system. The more creative types (myself included) may feel very constricted and drained by the same tools and opt to leave the options open to see what exciting opportunities may show up.
Personally, I have found that creating even a simple list of 3 Most Important Tasks (MITs) I want to accomplish in a given day works a lot better than having nothing planned at all. But this simple method does have some shortcomings – mainly because it omits many important things I want to be part of my day: like self care, reminders, appointments and intentions...
That’s why I am excited to share with you a new tool I have created called "MAP (My Action Plan) for Success" that has all of the important things I wanted to be part of my day. I am sharing this tool as part of our creative challenge for this month, which is to Make Action Plan or MAP for your day. I love Maps because they allow us to see where we are now, where we want to be and how we are going to get there all at the same time. Planning tools have the same qualities. It shows our day from the bird’s view, allowing to be prepared for the unexpected and to accomplish things that are important - rather than just doing what’s in front of us at the moment. It helps us to be proactive, rather than reactive in life.
This MAP for Success includes all the various things I want to include in m day so that I can live it with intention:
Self Care is an essential part of my day, so I have listed it first on My Action Plan. I purposefully gave this section generous space to include all the things I wanted to be part of my day - remembering to care for my body, spirit and soul. This section is for including reminders to drink my water, take vitamins, eat fruits and veggies, take a walk, take Quiet Time, use essential oils, rest… For someone else, it may include totally different things – maybe exercise or yoga, prayer, taking medication, getting a massage, stretching or having lunch with a friend. The check marks are great to check off things that you have actually done that day.
The next section is probably the most important one because it sets the tone for an entire day. Intentions help us to create the results we want, and not just hop from one random thing to another. We all know that there may be many urgent things to tend to during the day and none of them may actually be the actions that bring us the results we actually wanted. Here, I included several questions that will hep us see the big picture, like “How do I want to feel today?”
Rather than naming the next section a To Do List/or Tasks – I decided to give it more inspiring name and call ll it "Most Important Accomplishments for Today", so that even the name can be inspiring! There is a different feel when we are working on Accomplishing something instead of completing yet another task.
There is also a place to list previously scheduled Activates, Events, Appointments, Errands and other commitments – so that we don’t forget them!
And finally, there are two more things that I really wanted to be part of my day and that is to track the Abundance and Blessings received each day and things I am Grateful for. Again, I used some poignant questions to help us end the day with the focus on the positive and inspiring things that transpired that day.
The back of the form can be used for drawing, doodling, taking notes, keeping track of things, etc. I have included an optional second page which includes the following 4 sections: Reminders, Lists, Ideas and Notes/Follow up.
I am so excited to have this new tool in my life and already have seen great results in what I was able to accomplish by using it. However I realize that it may not be perfect for everyone. That’s why I encourage you to MAP your day in a way that best suits your lifestyle and needs. My Action Plan for Success is a great place to start!
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"Somewhere there is a map of how it can be done."