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Planning: The Key to Success in 2023!

“Difficulty is like a bag full of cotton; heavy to those who see it & light to those who handle it.” Unknown

"How do I make the next 6 months of my life the greatest ever?"

The challenges that have come with this new year are a call for us all to take stock of what has past & what is to come. Personal organization is important to highlight as it is how you manage your time, set priorities, and stay focused on your goals. There are many different ways to approach personal organization, and the specific strategies that work best for you will depend on your personal preferences and needs. Some general tips we can give for organizing your personal & professional life are:

  1. Set clear goals: Determine what you want to achieve, both personally and professionally, & create a plan to achieve those goals.

  2. Plan to Succeed: Plan out your day, week, and month in advance, & to stick to your schedule as closely as possible.

  3. Prioritize!: Make a list each evening the most important tasks that you need to complete the next day & tackle them first.

  4. Use tools to stay organized: There are many tools available to help you stay organized, such as to-do lists, calendars, & productivity apps.

  5. Rest appropriately & Eat properly so that you can stay focused & energized.

  6. Delegate often: It's important to be able to delegate tasks to others so that you can focus on the most important tasks.

  7. Stay flexible: As unexpected things can come up in both your personal & professional life, it's best to set reasonable expectations within.

"And, how do I go about setting these goals?

There are many different methods for setting goals, & the best approach for is completely yours to determine. Here are a few classics to assist you with creating your goal setting strategy:

  1. SMART Method: SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, & Time-bound. The emphasis here is setting goals that are specific & well-defined, with clear metrics for measuring progress & a timeline for achieving them.

  2. OKR (Objectives & Key Results) Method: OKR method involves setting clear, measurable objectives & key results that help you track progress towards your goals.

  3. The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX Method): The 4DX method involves setting Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) & focusing on four key disciplines: defining your team's scoreboard, focusing on the wildly important, acting on lead measures, & keeping a compelling scoreboard.

There are many other models you can investigate. What's most important is that you choose a goal-setting method that works for you & your lifestyle & to regularly review & adjust your goals as needed to ensure that you are making progress towards your objectives.

It's important to find the tools and methods that work best for you and your personal style of organization. Experiment with different approaches & see what works best for you.

There are many tools that can help even the busiest people stay organized. The best ones for you will depend on your personal preferences & life demands. Here are a few options that are commonly used amongst us as well as busy people we know to stay organized:

  1. Calendar: A calendar is a simple but effective tool for keeping track of appointments, meetings, & other commitments. You can use a physical calendar, a digital calendar on your computer or phone, or a combination of both. (Ajna has one coming soon!)

  2. To-do list: A to-do list can help you keep track of the tasks that you need to complete & prioritize them based on importance.

  3. Note-taking app: A note-taking app can be a helpful tool for keeping track of ideas, notes, & other information. Some popular options include Evernote, Google Keep & OneNote.

  4. Productivity app: There are many apps available that can help you manage your tasks, schedule, & goals. Some popular options include Trello, Asana, & Todoist.

It's important to find the tools, techniques & timing that work best for you & you create personal style of organization. Experiment with different approaches & see what works best for you. The more peaceful, healthy, prosperous individuals we have in the world, the more so the world. Success & blessings to you other We!

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