The Role of Planning in Achieving Your Goals

In the planning process there are two basic steps you have to undertake to ensure success in achieving your goals:

  1. Planning your tasks.
  2. Visualizing yourself completing the tasks.

Planning

It is essential that you daily plan what you are going to do, prioritising your tasks unless you do this you will end up doing whatever takes your fancy and you will never complete what is important in accomplishing your goals.

Create a daily task list

Set aside time each day for this – I usually do this in the evening but it is up to you when you do it. The main thing is just do it! You will find that you use your time more effectively – remember to control the time available to you not let time control you

Visualizing

There are two important benefits in utilising visualisation – a very powerful technique:

  1. It is the most effective way to break a goal down into tasks. Visualizing yourself doing the task will make it easier to break a goal down into its component tasks, unless you do this it is likely that you will miss some important sub-tasks.

It is important once you have broken the task into its component tasks that you assign a deadline for each stage, working back from the completion date you have assigned to the goal.This creates structure for completing your goal and ensures you start and complete each task early enough.

Visualising yourself doing the task will assist you identifying additional resources you may need e.g. additional training, additional assistance

  1. Visualising the tasks in your mind prepares you for action. Athletes make heavy use of visualization before competitions. For example, a runner will imagine herself running the race – see the track, see each curve. There are many studies that show visualization improves performance. For procrastinators, it’s a powerful way to get yourself going.

Action points;

Plan your work
Work your plan

Arnab Ghosh

My name is Arnab Ghosh. I have been working as a Corporate professional for the past 19 years. After completing my graduation from City College {University of Calcutta}, I started my career with R.S.Software India, followed by Vedika Software Pvt.Ltd. Have worked with industry giants such as Convergys, Satyam Nipuna Services, Wipro BPO, Tata Teleservices Limited, Aircel, TaxiForSure, Brainware University among others. I am a certified trainer from Aircel Academy – Manager As a Coach & Trainer. I have also completed certifications from TBO Academy & Alison Education in the field of “Soft Skills“, the knowledge of which I apply to my students at my University regularly. I have also successfully completed “The Fundamentals of Digital Marketing” certification from Google and “Digital Marketing Course” from TBO Academy. I was awarded “Google Analytics for Beginners” certificate by Google after successfully completing their course. I have achieved CEFR level B2 (Upper Intermediate) in a test of English proficiency from the British Council English Score. I am a bundle of drive, energy, commitment, and dedication and firmly believe in living my life in my own terms, be it working my heart out to achieve business targets or enjoying my spare time doing things that give me joy and feelings of contentment. My hobbies include reading books & listening to music and blogging. I sincerely believe that one should never lose focus in life and that one has to put in a lot of hard work & effort to reach the top.

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