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Strategies = Results

Encourager-In-Chief: February 15th, 2022

Give yourself the edge.

Many times, when we are under the gun, we dive into a project without doing any preplanning. This is usually a big mistake which will wind up costing us more time — and probably more money in the end than it should. But this doesn’t have to be your modus operandi. If you are willing to invest the time to make a strategic plan, it will be much easier for you to execute it when the time comes.

What most people don’t realize is that a plan does not need to be complicated to be effective. It can consist of as little as two steps. For example, if you want to lose weight, all you need to do is follow Step 1: Diet, and Step 2: Exercise. Of course, this concept is easier to understand than it is to master.

You may be thinking, “If a plan is that simple, why write it down at all?” The answer is that if you don’t write it down, you’re not taking the first step to make sure that you follow through until you achieve your goal. Like most entrepreneurs, I frequently find myself starting far more tasks than I can handle in the time I have allotted to myself. Not all of the tasks are of equal magnitude or difficulty. It’s up to me to decide which ones I want to tackle first and which are the most important to complete.

By writing down a list of all the tasks in front of me, it gives a sense of control over all of them. I may not be able to check each one off the first day I try, but I can look at the results and measurement progress. That, in and of itself, makes it easier to take on the other tasks.

One tip that will save you a great amount of time is to combine different tasks that can be done in combination. For example, if I turn on the washing machine to wash bed sheets before I start my exercise routine, I can wrap up both tasks in the same amount of time. Often, I can get many mindless tasks — like filing — completed while I am taking a phone call from someone who will need some time to express himself. If you’re willing to take the time to write out your plan and to combine compatible tasks, you’ll find you accomplish much greater results in a shorter period of time.

Let me hear from you.

(This excerpt is taken from my seminar entitled Organizational Excellence III: Strategic Planning and Execution.) I encourage you to click here to register for my exclusive live Zoom Strategic Planning and Execution seminar on Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 9 AM to 12 noon Eastern Standard Time.

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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