Are you taking time to plan?

“If there is anything that I could get you to do …, it would be to spend ten to fifteen minutes each morning planning your day. If I could get you to do that, you’d not only scare yourself, you’d intimidate everybody on your block.” – Hyrum W. Smith

Hyrum W. Smith offers the following tips for effective planning:

– Give yourself time that’s good for thinking: quiet, free from interruptions.

– Review your long range objectives. Think: what specific tasks can I complete or at least begin today that will bring me closer to what I want for my life?

– Make sure the number of tasks and time required for each are well within the time available to you in your day.

– Set specific daily goals for tasks.

– Anticipate obstacles and plan around them.

– Prioritize your tasks.

In your planning time, focus all of your attention and energy on answering, “What are the highest priorities in my life? Of these priorities which do I value most?” When you do this, you live by the compass more than the clock, and in your life journey, you will actually get somewhere.

If you’re still having problems identifying goals for yourself, complete this sentence: “Someday, when I have the time, I’m going to …” Let yourself dream.

“If, before going to bed every night, you will tear a page from the calendar, and remark, ‘there goes another day of my life, never to return,’ you will become time conscious.” — A. B. Zu Tavern

Apply the power of awareness, through the help of our time management training, to see what lies behind your procrastination, busyness and perfectionism.

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