Did you ever wonder why some people achieve great success while others struggle to make ends meet? The answer is pretty simple: some people choose to act in order to change things in their life and others just keep thinking about changes.
It doesn’t matter where you come from, or what your gender or age is. There is one common theme that brings us all together—everybody wants to be successful in life. Of course, the definition of success could be very different for each individual. Some may want to make the best housewife and mother, others dream about being a CEO, building wealth, or becoming famous and popular. No matter what you want, you can do it.
I am a firm believer that everyone is able to achieve absolutely anything; it will be neither fast nor easy, but each individual on this planet could be successful in life. A number of different wheels are responsible for building success, time management is definitely being one of those.
There is lots of interesting content, studies, methodologies, and books from gurus of time management and personal productivity. And I definitely rely on best-in-class practices. However, we live in a digital world, the era of disruptive communication, overwhelming work hours, stress and endless chores. It’s easy to lose track of your goals and dreams.
I offer a new approach towards RoadMap that combines experiences from mega-successful people, best practices and a modern way of thinking and consuming information.
So, you have decided to become successful, yay! Let’s see how my methodology and building a RoadMap to success can help YOU. Having a RoadMap and using this simple system, you will be able to stay on top of what you are trying to achieve. This technique will help you to:
- track your actions
- become more effective and efficient
- maximize your chances to succeed
- create a better work-life balance
- Determine the Goals
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
When you buy a plane ticket to get to London, you know exactly where you will end up when your flight is over. It works absolutely the same with goal setting. You should see exactly where you want to go because you will not get anywhere until you know your place of destination. The goal setting process resembles creation of a RoadMap for every person.
When you understand that, you will try to decide first where to go before you leave your house. “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else,” said Yogi Berra. This is a very serious step! By setting the goal, you decide where you will be in six months, in a year and in five years. Once you get the visual picture of the things you expect to get, it contributes a lot to performance and efficacy of the task. When the company does not have clear objectives, it fails eventually. The same can be said about an individual: when one does not have a clear vision—i.e. where they are going—they are just wasting their time.
- Create a Plan
“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
Once you have determined your goal, it is time to plan the actions that will help you reach your destination. There are different aspects that create efficiency. If you do something to remove interruptions from your environment for some time, you will achieve more. Planning is one of the first things you should do to become efficient in all aspects of your life. This time management technique is the most important one. As you plan, you create an order of subsequent actions that should be fulfilled for your goal to be achieved. And, planning saves a lot of time.
- Create a clear chart for your actions. It should be always in front of you, so that you could see which activities have already been completed and which are still to be done.
- Focus and avoid distractions. As you focus on planning, do what you have to do without checking your phone or the internet, keep your focus at the end result. Set notifications to remind you about your plan, motivate yourself to keep going.
- Monitor and measure progress. Create a simple measure system that will help you analyze your progress. It will allow you to make adjustments, identify time wasters and possible obstacles. Assess the amount of work adequately and stay
- Set Priorities
The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
It’s important to prioritize your actions because it will help you avoid unnecessary tasks. You have a long list of actions, but are all of them really important for you? Some of them could be crucial for your success and some may be time wasters. So, highlight the important objectives—it will help you skip some of the tasks that may not even be necessary to achieve your goal. You should look through your list and analyze each point.
It is crucial to develop a system to track actions and tasks. It can be a weekly report, or a monthly review of what you have done to get closer to the goal. It will help you focus on your goal and challenge your progress. You can try the Eisenhower matrix developed by the ex-president of the United States. He dedicated a lot of time to planning and consequently developed the following system of priorities that will help you separate the grain from the husk.
- Create a To-Do List
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
When your plan has been challenged or you have become distracted, it’s easy to procrastinate. Avoid procrastination at all cost as it will derail your journey to success. Try to create to-do lists every day, so it will motivate you and keep you focused. To pave a road to your great achievements, it is important to make a list of tasks every day.
Make it a habit. It make take three or four weeks to adapt your new habit, but once it’s done, you will be able to save tons of time and achieve your goals faster. The best way to work through your to-do list is to set a reminder system that informs you about urgent tasks and refers to the ultimate goal. You should always have an organizer, an application or a calendar at hand to adapt and correct your plan if you need to.
- Be Flexible and Optimize Your Time
“Lost time is never found again.”
Persistence and flexibility are imperative qualities that help you succeed. Things don’t always go according to your plan, they can even get out of control! Sometimes it’s easy to give up than keep on moving forward. Persistence and flexibility are acquired skills. Training yourself to keep doing what you are doing instead of dropping it will have to become your personality. Always have your goal in sight. By adapting to changes quicker, you will be able to manage stress and anxiety effectively and deal with obstacles in a timely manner.
In order to find extra time during a day or a week, you may want to see how much time you spend on certain activities and tasks. This way you can optimize your routine and the way you are doing your work and other things. If you want to find the lost time, you should calculate the amount of time you spend on specific activities. It is not uncommon for the busiest people to suddenly discover that tons of time is wasted on futile activities. You can use a time log to identify your time wasters.
- Review Results
Congratulations, you have reached your destination! Well done. Always reward yourself for accomplishments and don’t put off your next goal. It’s time to analyze your work, so you could achieve your next dream quicker and easier. Do a careful review of your plan, your to-do list and the way you set priorities. It will help you see what you could do better, what you could do less, and what you could avoid completely. Good luck!