management blog – planning and actions
As a manager, one of the key essentials is the ability to get things done and focus on continuous improvement. Being able to do this will not only make you a more effective manager but getting things done will improve motivation and help you succeed in life. Getting things done is a fantastic trait to have!
As we start a new year, I want to share with you how I get things done. I have 2 great things that assist me, one is a fantastic motivated wife who always pushes me in the right direction. The second is how I action plan and write lists. I always carry around with me a notebook and in my notebook, I have the key actions I want to achieve, I always have 2 personal and 2 business actions each year and these are key things I wish to achieve.
Then I have a daily page set aside in my notebook full of actions for each and every day under the following headings:
Date – The date the plan refers to
My overall goal – A key goal I wish to achieve over a certain period.
What I am so happy & grateful for – I write down what I feel I am happy & grateful for. Being in this state is so important for motivation and for attracting positive things.
Actions for today - These are the things I want to achieve today, it could be work or personal related. I ensure that when I complete these I tick these areas off. Additionally, I always write the actions that I want to achieve the night before.
Work target for today/week – For me, this is what I want to achieve this week at work. It could be a goal or work on a specific project.
What I had to eat and drink – This is important for me personally as I have a personal goal to lose weight and be healthy. Also, for me personally I don’t want to drink too much alcohol so I note this also.
What exercise I did – Again currently important to me as I want to get fitter and be more healthy. Therefore, I write down the exercise I have undertaken during the day.
End of Week Reflection. At the end of the week, I have a page specifically for me to reflect and note how I have done. I split these up into Work and Health and then I have a space for the little changes I could make.
This is how I get things done. Remember we do this each and every day. It’s a great habit to have and before long you don’t even realise you’re doing it. You don't need to buy an expensive book, just a simple notebook with these headings.