Do you have short-term and long-term plans? In this article, discover the difference between short-term vs. long-term planning.
Short-term vs. Long-term Planning
Benefits of Planning
In this article, he goes in-depth on the importance of planning. I highly recommend you reading his post if you need a little boost.
Here are key points of Tim’s article:
You’ll stay on strategy.
Business objectives will be clear.
Your educated guesses will be better.
Priorities will make more sense.
You’ll understand interdependencies.
Milestones will keep you on track.
You be better at delegating.
Managing team members and tracking results will be easy.
You can better plan and manage cash flow.
Course corrections will keep your business from flopping.
You should now have a clear vision of your goals designing a plan on how you will get there will be easier for you. Your final destination or long-term goal can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unreachable because it is so far away. You will want to focus more on your short-term goals.
Many people lose focus of their long-term goals. They have a difficult time seeing how everything they do today will bring them one step closer to their goals tomorrow.
The long-term goal is your personal guide that will help you plan and make important decisions. Your goals are measurable so that you can assess the outcome of your efforts. The valuable information that you gather will help you become more productive with your time. With shorter-goals, you will be able to see if you are on the best path. You will be able to adjust and tweak your strategies that need improvement without wasting a lot of time. It is better to notice if something needs to be changed a week from today rather than learning about it a year from today.
The majority of your efforts will be focussed on short-term goals that will guide you towards your long-term goal. Your short-term goals will allow you to stay focused and motivated.
Here is a great example that most of us are familiar with, weight loss. At one time or another, most people have a goal to lose weight. As you already know, this is not an easy challenge for many people. Most people will fail at their weight loss goal because they do not know how to set goals and make plans that will have them achieve their goals.
How many times have you heard, “I want to lose weight.”
That statement might be true, but what does it mean? Does the person want to lose one pound, five pounds or twenty pounds? When do they want to lose the weight? Do they want to lose weight this week or next year?
You can see the intentions are good, but they are so vague that they are irrelevant.
The people that succeed at weight loss are the people that can design long-term and short-term plans that will guide them to their goals.
Let’s say that a person has a goal to lose twenty pounds within twenty weeks. That is a realistic long-term goal. The long-term plan is to lose twenty pounds in twenty weeks.
The long-term plan is a good start, but it will not lead them to the victory line. Only focusing on the long-term goal will allow the person to lose focus, cheat and procrastinate.
The person will need to break down the long-term plan and break it down into smaller projects. If the projects are broken down into five, four-week blocks, the person will be able to stay focused, motivated and will be able to adjust their plans along the way.
Every four weeks the person will need to lose four pounds. If they lose four pounds every four weeks, they will have lost twenty pounds in twenty weeks. Four pounds in four weeks already sounds easier to accomplish. It is easier for people to stay focused and motivated when the goal seems reachable.
To be more productive with their time they will want to make a weekly plan. In the example that we are using the person will need to make a plan to lose one pound a week. To lose one pound, they must expend 3,500 calories from what their body needs to stay the same weight.
They will be able to design a daily plan that will have them accomplish this goal. At the end of the week, they will be able to assess the outcome of their efforts. If everything worked as planned, they could continue the plan for the next week. If they fell short, they will be able to adjust before too much time passes.
You can see how taking a long term plan and breaking it down into a smaller plan will significantly enhance the efficiency of your time.
After you have your plans mapped out, you will want to have somewhere where you can document your plans so you can continuously review them.
There is no right tool or app to use to document your goals. The most important aspect is that it works for you.
I have tried almost every app and I always go back to pen and paper. I like to flip the pages and assess the progress. A planner allows me to do this easily.
I have discovered the Freedom Planner – Best Goal Journal & Time Management Notebook to Simply Crush It! The Ultimate Monthly, Weekly, and Daily Calendar Planner to Amplify Happiness, Organization & Productivity – Undated (Amazon Affiliate Link) and absolutely love it.
It does not matter what tools you use. What is important is that you know what you are doing and the results you are getting from your efforts.
How do you keep your goals documented? What tools or planners do you use?
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