All Dreamers Dream; Dream Achievers PLAN.
If there is one thing you may know about me, it’s that I dream BIG.
In order for my biggest dreams to become reality someday, smaller goals must be planned and achieved first.
Starting a nonprofit, planning an event, or simply scheduling a time to meet a friend for lunch can be stressful. I alleviate stress by planning ahead and staying as organized as possible.
I have learned a lot about best time management, organization and planning practices over the past year that have really helped me fine-tune my overall vision, mission and purpose of Run Like REL-and for my overall life.
The most important thing that I’ve learned I would say is that: Greatness and success takes time…and planning!
Accomplish Your Goals; Cross Finish Lines
Another aspect you may know (and love) about me is that I love to cross finish lines; and not just marathon ones.
I have long considered finish lines a metaphor for accomplishing any and every goal I set and strive to accomplish.
I am a big believer that in order for my dreams and goals to become successful realities, strategic planning and structured organization is crucial.
Yes, some goals may require more planning, discipline and time commitment that others, but nonetheless, they are all start with a simple idea- then comes the often challenging and long (and sometimes fun!) planning part.
My hope after you read my favorite and most important planning tips, is that you will decide to commit to being more organized next year.
I want you to plan even more amazing endeavors and adventures than you did in 2015-so we can cross more of life’s finish lines together in 2016.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Rel’s Top 3 Planning Tips
I am beyond excited to share my top three planning tips that keep me running in the direction of accomplishing my ( big and small) goals.
Many of my friends have asked me how I keep best organized when training for marathons, working full time and planning and executing all of my crazy, big and never ending Run Like REL ideas.
- Find YOUR Best Way
Everyone is different and we all have unique ways we prefer to keep organized.
If you haven’t found the best way for you to stay organized yet, that is OK. It took me a while to figure out that keeping a large planner/organizer works best for me to best schedule and remember my hour by hour, day by day, month by month agenda.
I encourage you to never stop looking for inspiration or finding innovative, fun ways to get organized and stay on track. You will find best practices that work for you, whether that be an online, paper, or both planning/organizational tool format.
2. Make To-Do Lists. A Lot of Them.
I am a big fan of to-do and top priority lists. Sometimes I split my to-do lists in to categories. For example, most days I make a work to- do list, a business to- do list and a personal to- do list and then prioritize them all from most urgent/important down.
I find that this helps me break things down into more manageable chunks so I don’t get too overwhelmed.
Simply writing lists helps me sometimes because I have the tendency to think of a lot of things I need to do at once and writing things down helps me alleviate a lot of my stress about forgetting the most important to the simplest of tasks.
3. Google. Docs. Sheets. Calendar. Email.
Keeping a (pretty and inspirational) planner, making lists and organizing my events and projects via Google have all helped me better discover, define and go after my dream of making my dream of Run Like REL more and more a reality everyday.
I hope my planning tips not only help you better organize and plan your goals, but get you running in the right direction to accomplish them all, one step at at time.
Hold Fast to Your Dreams,
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