How To Plan Your Days, Months, and Years

So many of us just wander around without a clear purpose

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  1. Saves time — When I think about what I want to do in advance, I’m more effective.
  2. Boosts creativity — Planning helps me come up with more creative things to do in my life. It also helps me come up with creative solutions to my challenges.
  3. Momentum — Planning helps me keep moving forward, so I hardly ever get stuck.
  4. Better thinking — The process of planning forces you to think hard about what you want to do, and how you’re going to do it. That will improve your thinking skills.

How to create a 5-year plan

You want to start with looking very far in the future. Where do you want to be roughly? To give you a better idea of the full process, I’ll walk you through the 5-year plan I created in 2015 before I started my blog and online career.

How to create a 1-year plan

You might think, “Why jump from a 5-year plan to a 1-year plan?” Creating a plan for the next 2, 3, or 4 years doesn’t make sense to me. The purpose of the 5-year plan is to help you move in a certain direction. The goal of the 1-year plan is to help you execute.

How to create a monthly plan

From this point forward, I started breaking things down into monthly actions. First, I wrote a book, then I built a site, and so forth.

How to create a daily plan

Once you’re clear on all the steps you need to take that month, simply pick 3–4 actions you will focus on every day. I usually take a few minutes every night to think about what I’m going to do tomorrow. I look at my Trello board and ask myself, “What’s important? And what do I feel like doing tomorrow?”

Keep reviewing your plans

One final thing. Avoid creating a life plan and going after it with tunnel vision. No one wants to go through life like a dog that’s chasing cars.

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