It is a known fact that when you do not plan adequately for something, you are already giving room for failure. This is why there is a need to put in plans for everything you want to achieve. The truth is; if you do not have any plan, you will not know if you are on the course of making progress, at what rate you are making the progress and what needs to be done. One of the ways of planning is by having a list of items to do and in the order of preferences - I call it a "to-do list".
You will agree with me that there may be some tasks you may want to do or some errands you would want to run but if you have not explicitly arranged them (maybe in a written format), you may tend to forget some of them. You do not always have to rely on your brain to remind you of what you need to do, have them written down or documented for easier access. Remember this old but popular quote [Paraphrased by me].
The pen and paper are better at preserving information than the brain
Points to note about making a to-do list
Firstly, you have to set them in their priority and attach timeframes to them. That is; arrange them in the order you would want them to be executed and state the time you need to execute them. This will make you to attach a sense of purpose to them.
Secondly, you have to make the to-do list responsibly, so that it will not discourage you. If you set an obviously impossible task in your to-do list, you may not only be discouraged to undertake that task but the other tasks in the to-do list may look like a mission impossible. No doubt, big dreams are good but you have to apply wisdom to it. Know the difference between having a big dream and having an impossible task.
While you are making your to-do list, try to work on yourself to have the required discipline and determination to undertake the tasks. Remember this; your to-do list will not undertake itself, it only serves as a guide to allow you to know the tasks you need to undertake and in what order. So the responsibility is on you to undertake the task.
Again, you should also give room to accommodate unforseen eventualities. Remember this; you have to try to be flexible at all times. The goals may be constant and the tasks my be fixed but the processes should be dynamic. After all, the idea is to undertake the tasks but the process should be at your discretion. So if a process does not fit into what you have on your to-do list, do not abandon the task, just try a different process.
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