Sometimes, taking actions only requires one step. That one step is usually backed up with a lot of mental visualization and preparation that serve as the engine for tasks and activities to be carried out. These tips are the engine you can use now to power all your actions in other to take immediate steps to achieving your overall goals and objectives.
Here are tips for taking action immediately:
Obtaining absolute mastery over your time and activities begins with careful planning. Think of planning as two types: long and short-term. Long-term planning takes into account goals spanning from one to five years in the future, including major events. Short term plans are much more immediate and cover events and activities that will take place in the months, weeks or days ahead. The first thing to do is to start and maintain an “An Action List”. You’ll actually need two lists: a daily list prioritizing all the tasks needed to attain the goals of your short-term plans, and a master list specifying what needs to be done for your long-term goals. Keep these lists handy; whenever you think of something else you have to do, jot it down before you forget. If you’re ever confused about what chore to tackle next, refer back to your list. With each task that you complete, give yourself the satisfaction of scratching it off the list.
Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize
Determine which tasks on your lists are most pressing and important, work on those tasks
first. Use your lists to compare and contrast the time requirements of one task against another. Try to differentiate between the things that you want to do and those that you need to do. Draw a clear line between what you need to do immediately and what can.
Keep a Schedule
You can make use of a calendar to keep track of your activities. When scheduling time and tasks, it important to note the fixed blocks of time first, such as the time you spend in your workplace or school. Remember to include time for eating, sleeping, running errands, paying bills, washing clothes and other miscellaneous but necessary activities. Set realistic goals–you might find yourself disillusioned if you can’t keep up with a too-ambitious schedule.
It’s a good idea to develop weekly as opposed to monthly schedules; weekly schedules are more flexible. Focus on what you actually will accomplish as opposed to what you think you should be accomplishing. Expect the unexpected. Your schedule should include enough time for you to recover should some unforeseen problem arise.
Divide and Conquer
A task will often seem overwhelming because it demands a great commitment of time and energy. Try dividing the task into smaller parts may help make them easier. You can calculate how much time will be needed for the entire task by estimating the time needed for each part. Finding time to work on these sub-tasks will be easier as well, since you can fit small chunks of time into your schedule more readily than larger ones.
You will always experience setbacks whenever you try a new habit or regime. Don’t let the situation get the best of you. If you have a bad day, your efforts haven’t all been in vain. Simply start the next day with a firm resolution to make better efforts.
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