Save 10 hours for every 1 hour of Planning!

“Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent Return on Energy!” – Brian Tracy

Weekly planning is one step towards a more productive week. It is the only tool to beat procrastination and inertia. While you are starting a new week, spend one hour for planning your tasks ahead. To plan your activities, it’s important to WRITE actions down; not simply think about it. What gets written has the higher chance of getting done! So what actions will you take this week?

Although planning has many layers, here’s a simple questionnaire to get you started. Answer these questions and you’ll have a huge list of actions for the week.

  1. Whom do I need to call?
  2. Whom do I need to meet?
  3. What tasks do I need to finish pending from last week?
  4. What bills do I need to pay?
  5. Who do I have to collect money from? Whom do I owe money?
  6. Household errands to be done? (Repairs, purchases etc)
  7. What one thing can I do this week that I have been putting off for a long time?
  8. What tasks need to be done by this week? (Priority work)
  9. What actions will I take to reach my long-term goals? (Buying a house, travelling the world, saving money etc)

Once you have your list of actions, all you need to do is

  • prioritize
  • learn to say “no” to people if they ask you to do anything that’s not on your list
  • focus only on the tasks at hand (unless something very very very important comes along!)
  • schedule the tasks (day & time)
  • repeat this process next week and the week after that and forever!

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