How to Start Making a Difference in 2016, Part 2

This is the second of three blog posts where I will discuss how to accomplish your life priorities in 2016. Today I will cover the topic of planning and reviewing your priorities every week.\r\n\r\nLet me share three suggestions with you:\r\n\r\n1. Religiously schedule a 15-minute weekly planning and review session. Hold yourself accountable to it. Use whatever method works best for you to never, ever, miss this session. I have indefinitely blocked out these 15 minutes every Sunday evening in my online calendar. If Sunday doesn’t work for you, try Monday mornings instead. I cannot overstress the importance of instilling this habit in your life.\r\n\r\n2. Plan the top 3-5 activities for the following week. The first time you run these sessions, start with this activity. In successive sessions, start with the review outlined in #3 below, and then move to planning the following week.\r\n• Start with the mini-goals you have established for each yearly goal. If you haven’t yet developed these mini-goals, read my previous blog post.\r\n• Pick the mini-goals you want to work on during the following week.\r\n• Schedule time in your calendar to work on them. Protect these time blocks the same way you treat work appointments. Simply put, you are not available during those time periods.\r\n\r\n3. In the second and successive sessions, start by reviewing your previous week’s performance. Did you do what you had planned to? Did you protect your calendar appointments for your planned priorities? Was it easier or tougher to work on a certain set of mini-goals vs. others? Log these and other findings in a notebook or in your preferred device. They will help you track your progress as the year goes by.\r\n\r\nCount on me to help you make a difference in 2016. Stay tuned for Part 3 next Monday.\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Consultant, Facilitator & Coach\r\

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