Long-term planning

Planning your days is the first step to becoming more organized and productive at work and at home. However, longer-term planning is also necessary to accommodate large projects and important events which require lead-up or preparation time. Taking time to plan your career goals is another long-term planning item which all too frequently is neglected. It is only when thoughts of leaving your present work preoccupy your mind that these longer-term plans are likely to receive ample consideration. Rather than put off your planning until these often chaotic and perhaps emotional periods, it’s far better to give your career more frequent and rational consideration.
How can you make your planning for long-term projects and tasks at work more systematic and organized?
Firstly, inquire about yearly planners which are often available from stationery shops or from businesses using this medium to advertise their products or service. Your own employer might also have yearly planners available for employee use. These planners generally come as large printed sheets suitable for posting on a convenient wall near your desk or as desk top plastic mats. If you don’t have the space to accommodate a large planning sheet, make your own smaller version on an index card.
There are several features of the Yearly Planner Chart which are worthy of comment.

• The chart should be easily seen so that you can be reminded daily about major projects and work tasks coming up in the future. Large projects take considerable lead up time and you will probably be all too familiar with the discomfort of late night panic the evening before a major project is due.
• When plotting your commitments, use lead-up arrows to indicate preparation time.
• Place your holidays on the chart so that you can take account of time away from work.
• Make notes on your planner about important birthdays and anniversaries. You might also want to note your children’s school holidays, if relevant.
• Highlight various events using different colors of marking pens.
Thus, to make sure that you are working on schedule and remembering the important jobs and events looming in the future, use a visible and handy yearly planner. Take note of it daily to help you organize your tasks and your time.

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1 comments:

Cherry Flitcher said...

The chart should be easily seen so that you can be reminded daily about major projects and work tasks coming up in the future. Large projects take considerable lead up time and you will probably be all too familiar with the discomfort of late night panic the evening before a major project is due.

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