Success rarely, if ever, happens by accident. For the vast majority of people, success comes from having a plan and sticking to it. Whether you are Alexander the Great and intend to conquer the world or Donald Trump and intend to run for the presidency, if you are to succeed, you must have a plan.
Having a plan doesn’t have to be complicated. For those who work in risk management, marketing technology, and decision analytics, taking hours each week to come up with extensive plans is just not feasible. Fortunately, you can incorporate five simple steps into your daily routine that will help free up time and continue to place you in a position to succeed.
Manage Your Energy – Be aware of when you have the most energy within your day and when you don’t. Plan to do the tasks that require greater focus and stamina during the times that you are most energized.
Make Weekly To-Do Lists – Every Friday sit down and comprise a list of everything that must be accomplished the following week. Don’t just think of work items. Include all your responsibilities including your family.
Comprise Daily To-Do Lists – From the Friday list, take a few minutes at the start of each day to comprise a to-do list for that day.
Keep Yourself Accountable – Have a way to keep yourself accountable for completing the tasks on your list. This doesn’t have to look the same for each person, for people are individuals. What works for one person may not work for another. Find out what works for you and use that.
Remain Flexible – “The best laid plans of mice and men, go oft awry.” Being flexible will enable you to keep your sanity in the high pressure corporate worlds of risk management and decision analytics.
Having a plan that stretches out for not just a week, but also through the next month and year is the best way to ensure success. If you have “nothing” planned, you can guarantee that you will accomplish exactly that; but if you want to accomplish great things, taking a few minutes every day will put you on the road to success.
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