Written by Kal Malik
Quite literally the foundation of most successes in life is the science of planning and scheduling
I call it a science because I believe that there are certain key principles to creating a plan and schedule to achieve the goals we dream of.
Just to clarify the difference between a plan and a schedule. A plan is the "how" you will do something. The schedule is the "when" you will do it. As you can see, one doesn’t really help without the other and often either of them is used to mean them both.
I could go into the world of Project Management to pull useful examples of how to go about planning and scheduling (P&S). However what I would rather do is bring to you some simple tips that will not only make your P&S easier but will also inject in them the energy to motivate and inspire you.
Psychologically speaking it is better that a plan is (literally) drawn out horizontally rather than vertically. Some studies have been done to show that we "feel" a lot less stress from following along a path rather than "climbing" one. Does that make sense?
Sticking pictures on your plan is an excellent way to bring what you are trying to achieve to life. As you will know, being able to visualise your path provides a great way in which to attract the small successes needed to achieve the big ones. We believe more in what we can see than what we can read. So let your pictures do the talking.
Along the plan you should have regular milestones. These should be of different sizes, by this I mean that you could have milestones that are reached over days, over weeks and over months.
A recent milestone that I reached was writing ten articles for my newsletter over a period of 3 days.
As you complete each part of your plan, tick it off with a flourish. Stamp COMPLETED on it in large letters.
Mix It Up
Have an order of difficulty and enjoy-ability to your activities. Using these two factors plan so that you have a good mix of the two. And when scheduling, play to your strengths. If you're more creative in the morning than the evening then schedule accordingly.
Oh and by the way, once you have created your plan and schedule – rub out the difficult/enjoy-ability factors and write Easy and Enjoyable next to each one.
Many of my earlier years I was dubious about the notion of self-rewards. However an understanding that we should come to is that we are reward based creatures. Whether these rewards are conscious or sub-conscious doesn't matter. The essence of much of our behaviour is based on the idea of gravitating towards that, which pleases us. We can leverage this to a great extent by utilising self-rewards.
Have small rewards for small milestones and big rewards for big ones.
Recently I completed a chapter of my book on schedule and rewarded myself by going to watch the latest Harry Potter film.
Rewards have to be associated with the milestones so make sure that you "think" of them as a reward and that you gain/give yourself them as close to achieving the milestone as possible.
Oh and add memories of these rewards to your plan too, in the above case I stuck the ticket stubs from the film to my plan.
Past, present and future
A great motivational aide is to see how successful we have been. So make sure you keep those "COMPLETED" tasks in sight.
I like to have my plan up on the wall in the form of a movie filmstrip.
As I am focusing on the current frame I can see the ones that I have just completed and the ones that I have coming up, all at once.
Schedule in comfort
Scheduling is a difficult task in several ways. Sometimes we don't give enough time to tasks, at others we give too much time. One of the biggest issues that many of us have is that we don't schedule at all. We plan, plan and plan and wonder why nothing gets done.
Planning is easy because we don't have to do anything we have planned. Once we begin scheduling we are making our goals and dreams more concrete.
I have found that scheduling is a lot easier if I’m in a comfortable un-hurried place and state. Personally I like to schedule my plans whilst sat in a quiet comfortable cafe. I find that the fears that often arise whilst creating our dreams have less a hold over me when I am relaxed.
It is essential to have the goal in mind or rather in sight on your plan. Often our plan has activities on it that we would rather not do or lack motivation in doing. It is at times like this that the reminder of the goal or dream can give us a push through the more difficult and demanding tasks.
See your plan as a journey that you are embarking on, keep memories of it as you go through the various stages. Make sure you fill up on motivational and inspirational fuel frequently.
Remember a good P&S will tell you how you will get to your dream AND when
Kal Malik is a renowned author, teacher and speaker in the fields of personal/spiritual development, holistic therapies and para-psychology.
For the last twenty years, Kal has been a parapsychological investigator and explorer. As a result of his extensive study and experience in this domain Kal has taught parapsychology for the last 12 years and regularly speaks on related subjects.
Kal has written 10 books on holistic therapies and just finished, “Active Enlightenment – How to Create Miracles”.
Kal holds degrees in Information Technology, Psychology and a Masters in Artificial Intelligence. He is a qualified teacher, holistic therapist, a certified NLP practitioner, life coach, Reiki master and a practitioner of energy harmony. There is more information on his website Original Purity
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