Want to get all of the projects done? Perhaps you want to get a leadership position at work? Planning for the future can be daunting and overwhelming… unless you do it like this. In just four simple steps, you can plan your future and take real action to get to where you want to be.

Planning helps you do things that matter and allows you to prioritize actions you need to take to get where you want to be. 

To be proactive, you need to figure out where you want to be in six months, a year, or even five years from now. Then, ask what you need to do to get to that spot, and plan to get there.

Even for ambitious future goals there are easy and simple steps to take when making plans so it will not be as scary as it seems.

Step 1: Define Your Long-Term Goals

The most essential and obvious step is to define where you want to be in the future. Whether it is the successful completion of a project or getting into a position of leadership in the company you work at. Your long-term goal will be the end point of your plan.

Step 2: Define Your Mid-Level Goals

Now that you have figured out where you want to be a year from now, you need to break down your long-term goal. Mid-level goals will usually take you a few months or a few weeks to complete them. Think of mid-level goals as something between your final destination and your daily actions to get there.

Step 3: Define Your Daily Actions

Once you have your mid-level goals figured out, you can break them down further by defining your low-level goals. These goals are daily actions that you perform to work your way to those mid-level and long-term goals. Daily actions can be very small steps like sharing one of your ideas at a meeting or posting daily on your business’s social media to boost engagement.

Step 4: Assess Your Actions

Because I enjoy having data that backs up my thought process, I always tell my clients to perform their daily actions for three months and then assess it. You have to ask yourself: “is this working for me to reach my long-term goal?” and “do I enjoy doing this?” If an action is both enjoyable and useful, keep it. If it isn’t working, you discard it. Now, if it works but you don’t like it, try tricking yourself into doing the action. You can find new meaning for it, break it down further, or reward yourself after doing it.

This method of getting things done takes a lot of the pressure off your shoulders. The key is that your daily actions are enjoyable and help you reach your goal. This is why the assessment of your actions is essential for you to continue to work your way to success. 

How do you know what your long-term and mid-level goals are? And how do they translate into daily actions? Check out the Plan for Progress workshop if you need help with this.

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