Let’s prepare & plan for 2021

Hello everybody! Hope you have a wonderful December and if you are anything like me, you think about new goals for 2021.

Honestly, this year has been stressful on all of us and I flaked with my 2020 goals. Even though I am a silver liner, from March 2020 it was very hard for me to find a silver lining. My productivity was low, and my excuse was a global pandemic.

According to some authors, the holy trifecta for productivity is TIME, ENERGY, and ATTENTION.

I had time, but little to none energy or attention. I was always reading about productivity, focus, and how to do more. However, I was just reading it instead of doing it. From 5- the second rule to various blogs, I was reading it. Heaven forbid if I actually do it. We are in the pandemic, I don’t have to be productive.

After many trials and errors, I think I found my perfect system.

PLAN THE YEAR

First, I have a big list of all my goals. I write every single thing I want to achieve next year. After writing list, I double-check and cross everything that is not breathtaking (for example, I think about starting podcast, however its not that exciting for now and I will cross it off my list).
Then I take my yearly planner and plan when will it happen. I will write a book in November, plan a new job search in March, hold a giveaway in December, and so on. Everything from the list goes here. Now my goal has a specific time when will it happen.

I did create yearly planner, you can download it here.

Also, you can check out YearCompass for planning 2021.

PLAN THE MONTHS

Now it’s time for a monthly planner. I will write key dates and it’s easier to see how many days I have ahead before the key date. I. E. 29th of December sounds so far away and I have a feeling of plenty of time. If I glance at the calendar, I’ll see that it is in two weeks and I’ll be working on the project.
This is just my yearly planning and it is always in front of my eyes.

Here you can download monthly planner.

PLAN THE DAY

Every Sunday, I tried to plan a week ahead. I will write a long to-do list (everything goes here, from e-mails to specific tasks like photoshoots or writing blog posts) and give specific task time and date when it has to be done and how much time I’ll be doing it. You heard for calendar blocking. Usually, I will smaller tasks do right away, just to have something done.
Then at night time, will review my day and see if I had done everything on my list and plan the next day. I will colour-code everything. (If you are very crafty and creative, you can try Bullet Journal or BuJo. I am not that creative, and my handwriting is not that neat and pretty, and for now, I’m writing in a small notebook. I will show it one day to you.)
The least but not last, I have one to three daily goals on my daily list and when I am working on them, I have aeroplane mode on my phone and doing the Pomodoro technique. The bare minimum is two pomodoros or one hour of interrupted work.

Just remember

Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution;

Brian Tracy

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