One of the most important parts of being able to consistently meet your goals is to make sure you have an overall productivity plan in place. I do like to make a rough plan for an entire year at a time, but what I find most effective is a quarterly plan.
Yes, I plan out 90 days of my life at a time.
I do this for several reasons. First, it is only 12 weeks. 12 weeks is a long enough chunk of time to realize if something is working for you or if it isn’t. If it isn’t working, no big deal. Let it go, and move on with the next 12 weeks of your life. On the other hand, if something is really working for you, 12 weeks can be life changing.
A lot of people are doing 12 week plans right now and for good reason. They are single handedly the very best way to go from goal to done in a short amount of time. You have specific tasks and you know exactly what needs to be done. There is no “hmm, I wonder what I should do today”. When you get ready to do work, you can start already in a focused mindset. No time wasted.
The amazing thing about 90 day plans is that you can use them for anything. They’re really great if you’re using them to create a business plan, but they’re also incredible for personal goals. Household management, fitness and nutrition, anything you can ever dream of can be worked into this 90 day plan!
Everyone makes these plans a little differently. Here is my process:
Start At The End:
The very first thing I do is write out my end goal. You have to know what you want and go after it. The whole point is to break the entire process into itty bitty easy steps over the twelve weeks. By doing this, you are getting rid of overwhelm. Schedule in reverse order, going over each step that needs to be done to ensure you aren’t forgetting anything.
Break It Down:
The next thing I do is identify four main things that need to happen in order for me to reach my end goal. I choose four because each month now has a theme or main point that I am spending time working on. These are large steps that will take a while to complete.
Get Smaller Again:
So now that I have my four goals, I need to break this down again. This is where my monthly plan is going to come into place and where we get into the nitty gritty. Each month needs to be broken down into actionable tasks. We’re going to come up with four actionable tasks for each month. So for example, if I need to work on preparing an e-mail optin for this site, my steps may be to market research, create content, set up Convertkit and promote.
Once you get your weekly goals in place, you then break these down into itty bitty tiny mini tasks. You need to know exactly what you are going to do each day when you sit down at your desk (or hit the gym, or whatever.) Every single task is helping you get one step closer to meeting your goals. So for each of these weekly tasks, make a list of smaller tasks that need to happen in order for your weekly goal to be met.
Get Your Planner
Go to your monthly view. On each day that you have designed for work, write out what tasks you need to do. Every task that you had earlier under weekly tasks must be written in. Nothing can be left out. Every task must have its place!
Schedule a Catch-up Day
Schedule a day biweekly to catch up on anything you’ve fallen behind on. You are giving yourself a buffer zone in case life goes off the rails or one task take so longer than you think it will. This is essential because it prevents losing motivation if you go off schedule. You also don’t end up with a pile of work to do on one day which can get overwhelming.
If this is getting a little confusing, no worries! I’ve got your back! I’ve created a 90 Day Plan printable planner to help get you started. This is the exact planner that I use myself and I want to share it with you. Cheers to a hyper productive 90 days!
I don’t know about you, but autumn is my happy place.
I’m not talking about the mass amount of pumpkin everything. Fall to me is the sight of fresh calendars to plan on and the feeling of making those first marks in a fresh notebook. Fall is equal to new opportunities in my books! Can you tell that I’ve spent way too many years of my life in school?
Autumn is kind of like a “second New Year” for me. The year is winding down, I had goals and plans that I needed to accomplish, and it’s a great time to check-in with myself to reshape how the rest of the year is going to go.
From September 1st to December 31st you have 121 days to get yourself together and hit all of the goals that you were talking about way back in January.
Realistically, your entire life could change in 121 days. If you started something now, just imagine how successful you could be by December 31st. What do you wish you had started 121 days ago? Your own business? A habit? Think about how much you could have accomplished if you had just started when you said you were going to.
You have just spent all summer most likely vacationing, not eating properly, perhaps sleeping in, off your normal routine. September is coming and it’s your chance to redeem yourself in your own eyes. Could there be any better feeling than ringing in the New Year, knowing that you just spent four solid months rocking at life?
I’ve created a 30 day challenge for you to do just that. Each day has a very simple task to complete that will help you get through fall like a badass. The key is to ensure that you’re implementing what you intend to do!
Sign-up here to download your 30 Things To Do This Month Productivity Challenge Calendar!
The holidays can be a nightmare for productivity. There are work parties, family get togethers and shopping to be done. We all know what it’s like!
As great as the holiday season is, it is also a really great way to derail your path towards achieving your goals. You’ve worked hard all year long to be consistent, stay organized and get stuff done. You’ve been rocking at life and you don’t need an entire month to get off schedule at the end of the year. One solid month (or more!) of being less productive than usual will set you up for failure. It is really easy to consistently do things as long as you consistently do them. If you have the opportunity to slack off for a bit, odds are that you’re going to continue slacking off.
How To Stay On Top Of Your Goals During The Holidays
Make a plan
If you’ve read any of my other posts, you knew this was coming! You may have to go week by week during the end of November and through December instead of planning your whole month. Things pop up. You need to plan to be flexible. Write out all of the scheduled events you know are going to happen. Then fill in your working time. You can still attend everything and have a lot of fun. You don’t need to sacrifice the work you are doing for yourself, whatever it may be. You can have your cake and eat it too around the holidays.
If you normally get work done in the evenings and you now know that some of those evenings are going to be filled with other commitments, then you need to make adjustments. I know you’ll be out of your groove, and I know that this may be difficult because we work better at certain times of the day, but you’re going to have to find another time to fit it in! You may have to get up a few hours earlier and sneak it in during the morning. Yes, that is going to suck, but you’re going to feel so much better when you know you’ve already accomplished your goals for the day when you’re sipping back on fancy drinks during your party. It is better to adjust than to let it slip! How bad do you want this, anyway?
Remember Your End Game
It is so easy to let things slip during the busiest time of the year. But, remember your end game. What did you want to accomplish by the end of the year? Are you there yet? If not, make a list of achievable goals that you know you can clear off your plate. Be realistic. December probably isn’t the best time to start producing a course or a huge project. Just tie up loose ends by the New Year
Keep It Simple
Avoid overwhelm. Keep a routine that makes you feel calm. I find the holidays very stressful because I’m normally not following any routine. Choose one thing that is non-negotiable that can keep you grounded during this time. Also, just remember that it is okay to say no. You can turn down invitations if it is becoming too much. Keep shopping simple by doing it online. Make sure you are spending enough time on self care. This is a great time of the year but it is very draining. Do whatever you need to do to keep yourself productive and happy during this time!
You have goals to crush in the New Year! See you there!