How often have you thought about spending enough time on really important things? Things that move you forward, inspire and from which you get real pleasure? Focusing on the main tasks is a certain responsibility and the ability to manage time.
That’s why FranklinCovey was founded by the successful leadership and management coach Dr. Stephen Covey. He wrote the world bestseller book on being productive “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. Stephen Covey reviews a performance pyramid-based planning system. This is like your personal life plan. Here’s how it looks:
Let’s consider detailed each stage.
Stage 1: Determination of Governing Values
The governing values are at the bottom of the performance pyramid because they are vitally important for us. It’s like a life planner. As a source of our desires and values must be the driving force of everything, we do. A striking example of values is love, your family, wealth and others.
Stage 2: Set Long-Range Goals
Before you determine your Long-Range Goals, just imagine what life you want. Remember that the life of your dreams is built in stages. Therefore, identify and number each goal. Making a life plan, describe in detail what is necessary for its implementation and specify the date of execution.
It’s also important to break big goals into small ones. You can use any goals planner, which you like.
Examples of life goals can be buying a car. For achieving it just write down the answers to the following questions:
• How much money do I need?
• How can I earn it? (For example, get new skills and get a raise or change your profession to a more interesting and more paid one).
• How much and how long do I need to save money?
It is very important to write down goals clearly. Personal goals examples are “to have a shaped body” or “to create a strong family”. However, goals are not clear for our mind. Instead of “to create a strong family”, it is necessary to write down “weekly organize family evenings”, or “organize interesting games with the whole family every Thursday.” Instead of “to have a shaped body” just plan to go to fitness twice a week and to do morning exercises every day.
For this goal is very convenient to use pages with weekly or monthly planning.
Stage 3: Intermediate Goals
Planning a week is the best with the time management matrix (see Photo). As we almost always do not divide our tasks into not urgent and urgent, unimportant and important, we have to do everything in our to-do list. The time management matrix will change your thinking and help filter out senseless urgent matters.
Stage 4: Daily Tasks
Finally, the top of our performance pyramid. Set aside about 10 minutes each morning to plan your day. Using a daily schedule planner help you, as well as weekly planning. There are three main aspects need to be noted:
1. Check all arrangements for today.
Because all other tasks, you will have to plan around these arrangements.
2. Make a realistic list.
The list shouldn’t be filled from top to bottom, as you most likely won’t have time to complete all the planned tasks and will feel frustrated.
3. Set priorities (ABC, 123).
Thereby you will determine the value of the task but not sacrifice the most important tasks in favor of the less important ones.
It’s easy to make a list of priorities according to ABC, 123. Where A, B, and C show the value of each task, and 1, 2, and 3 are the sequence in which you will perform these tasks. Moreover, for easy tracking of progress for each task, conventional symbols will help, indicating that the task was executed, transferred canceled, delegated to someone else, or in the progress of implementation. Here’s what a task list looks:
Hope my article helps you to figure out how to use a Stephen Covey planning system and how to achieve your most important goals!