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Plan with the end in mind

Disciplining yourself to keep working on the most important task at hand will guarantee success.
By Brian Tracy |

 Brian Tracy, a top business and personal success guru, has written 52 books in 38 languages, produced 500 audio and video learning programs and has given 5,000 talks and seminars all over the world. He came to Manila last year for a one-day seminar entitled “Double Your Customers and Profits: Delivering Outstanding Results In Any Business.” 


Plan with the end in mind

Disciplining yourself to keep working on the most important task at hand will guarantee success. Here’s how to achieve the things that matter most.


Success begins with clarity. Take time to sit down and think through exactly what it is you want to accomplish in each area of your life. Decide on both your short-term and long-term goals—among them, career and financial success, family success, personal health and fitness. Once you are clear about your targets, come back to the present and plan to accomplish the most that you possibly can with the time that you have.



Begin with a list

The fundamental tool of time management is a list, organized by priority and used as a constant tool for personal management. The fact is that you can’t imagine time; you can only manage yourself. That is why time management requires self-discipline, self-control and self-mastery. Time management requires that you make the best choices and decisions necessary to enhance the quality of your life and work. Then follow through on your decisions.


Plan in advance

Plan in advance the things that you want to accomplish every month. Make a list of every step you need to take in order to complete those things, and then organize that list by priority and sequence. Do the same on a weekly basis, preferably the Sunday before the start of the workweek.


Similarly, plan each day in advance, preferably the night before. When you make a list of everything you have to do the following day, your subconscious mind works on that list all night long. When you wake up in the morning, you will often have ideas and insights to help you accomplish the items on your list.



Consider the consequences

The most important word in determining the value of a particular task or activity is “consequences.” A task that is valuable and important has serious consequences, whether completed or not.


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