Once in a week or a month, there comes a surge of energy within us to be productive and workaholic. This energy surge ends on paper in the form of a plan or a timetable. And the plan ends somewhere in the middle of the pile of work, or in the dustbin.
Let’s know how to follow your plan and stop landing the plan in the bin. It’s not only the paper that is wasted but our dreams are also thrown. And you would hate to have dreams in the dustbin.
How to follow your plan
1) Go from One to Ten not Ten to One
We learned to count from one to ten not ten to one for a reason. The secret of learning and growing is to walk from the road to mountains, not the other thing around. And it is the basis of learning how to follow your plan. Don’t plan for 90% efficiency on day one. Start with 10% efficient on the first day and take it to 90%. You can take any amount of time you need. Because going slow will ensure that efficiency becomes your style.
2) Focus on the Chunk but don’t Ignore the Whole
Chunks are important in decoding how to follow your plan. If you have a habit of dividing your task into the small manageable chunks, then you are on a right track. But your path will have speed brakes if you are ignoring the whole task.
On keeping eyes on just the chunk you may be doing that chunk only. But the result comes while working on the whole. It’s a victory to do the chunk but the success comes from overall work.
Keep chunk before the eyes but once in a while sit and analyse how much is left.
Work so hard that you leave only a small chunk to do, instead of doing just the chunk.
3) Don’t Plan Now and Act Later
Suppose you were a chef, the one who does magic with the flavours. You have a recipe for a dish that will raise you to fame. You cook it today but you serve your customers a week later. Would your fame still be attainable?
Planning today and acting a week later is similar to it. Here you are serving a stale plan to your dreams. The same dish was able to give you fame and the plan too.
Make a small plan but act at the moment. Eat Fresh. Stop feeding on the left over. Act soon and you will find yourself how to follow your plan.
4) Turn the Tables
Following your plan will become your second skin if you keep your table/desk for work and bed for sleep.
When we work anywhere except our working desk, the productivity will be evidently low. If you are mixing bed and work then you are mixing efficiency with laziness. Even if your efficiency is good, laziness will eat some of the efficiency.
In the novel “Tuesdays with Morrie” Morrie Schwartz said it in a line “when you are in bed, you are dead”.
Don’t be foolish to be the reason your plan is not working. You have tough situations to fight but don’t be you, standing against you.
5) Borrowing Time is Not Wise
If you fail to work on your plan today then you can borrow some time from tomorrow. Working on today’s plan for an hour or two on tomorrow is not harmful. But if you keep on doing this and make it a habit then you will have a problem soon. Soon, there will come one day when you will have no tomorrow to borrow time. This could be your today or this Sunday.
Today’s plan is for today, tomorrow you have other things to fulfill. Develop a habit of keeping today’s plan to today only.
6) Have Some Useful Notifications
The chief distracters are the notifications of your phone. You can’t deny it. Have some useful notifications which tell you to go back and keep following your plan.
It could be a sticky note on room’s door or a wallpaper on your phone. More are your eyes on your plan, more are the chance of turning your plan to execution. Healthy notifications are your tool in learning how to follow your plan.
The Chef who forgets where are his ingredients is likely to ruin the dish. The plan is your ingredient to have a flavourful life. Keep it close.
The only magic wand that would make your plans work is ‘you’. Make sure the wand works, you work.
Also Read: How to Leave Your Bed in the Morning
Summary of ‘How to Follow Your Plan’
1) Go from One to Ten not Ten to One – Don’t plan for 90% efficiency on day one. Start with 10% efficient on the first day and take it to 90%.
2) Focus on the Chunk but don’t Ignore the Whole- On keeping eyes on just the chunk you may be doing that chunk only. But the result comes while working on the whole.
3) Don’t Plan Now and Act Later- Make a small plan but act at the moment. Act soon and you will find yourself how to follow your plan.
4) Turn the Tables-Following your plan will become your second skin if you keep your table/desk for work and bed for sleep.
5) Borrowing Time is Not Wise- Soon there will come one day when you will have no tomorrow to borrow time. This could be your today or this Sunday.