Have you ever considered of boosting your productivity by planning backward? To get things done it is essential to have a good plan. You need to have ‘all your ducks in a row’ to be successful. Without a system it is hard to stay organized.
Backward planning means that you start with the end in mind, the deadline and then work backward from there. If all the steps leading up to getting things done by the deadline don’t add up, that means that you are not working within a reasonable timeframe. Back to the drawing board and make adjustments now and not at the last minute when the deadline is looming around the corner.
So how do you work backward or reverse engineer your schedule? That means you have to create a realistic timetable for the goal or task and then break it down into manageable pieces.
- First you break each goal down into larger pieces, that tells you how much you can accomplish for example in a month. That will then tell you how many months it will take to reach your goal.
- Next you break each monthly goal down into weekly goals.
- Now break each weekly goal into daily tasks.
- At the end of each period, daily, weekly or monthly, review your progress and make adjustments.
To boost your productivity even more, it also helps to have a number of goals with different time frames on the go at the same time. The shorter term goals you successfully achieve boost your self-esteem and give you the incentive for the other goals and the knowledge that you can get it done.
It is important to track your goals and your progress so they is measurable.
Having goals does not always mean that the final result will be exactly as you had envisioned it. Sometimes the final result will be even better and the way you got there might quite surprise you and at other times you will be disappointed. Use those to evaluate what you have learned on the way and how you can make improvements in the future, so that it won’t happen again.
We live our life looking forward, but we make sense of it looking backward.
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