For some of us, organization and planning ahead comes naturally, but many of us need a little extra push in the right direction. It's a process that's well worth the work though. Researchers say that visualizing yourself succeeding something gives you an edge, so planning ahead to succeed is the best way to actually take hold of your dreams.
And if you're looking for a simple way to take hold of your dreams (or even just make your life a little less hectic), you've come to the right place. You don't need a life coach or millions of dollars or a fancy new technology, the best way to start is with a planner.
Planning ahead can help you get your dream job. If you're working toward your dream job, you need to first know what that job is. Now write it down some place you look every day so that you know your goal. What's keeping you from getting it? Write a list of obstacles and plan a way to conquer them. Not qualified? Plan to take some classes online. No experience? Put in some applications to volunteer in a similar position. Schedule time to work on those activities, because if it's in your schedule you're more likely to do it.
A good wedding planner can help organize your fairy tale wedding. Wedding planning requires a lot of organization, so you'll want something big with room for expansion, but something portable enough to carry with you to appointments. Keep photos of things you like for inspiration, and don't forget to include a budget so you can quickly check if that to-die-for dress is really in your price range.
Be a better mom. The thing about parenting is that you spend a lot of time doing laundry and running errands and shuttling kids back and forth from schools and activities. You spend most of your time doing those things, but they aren't the things that really matter. If you have a plan for when and how you're going to tackle those mundane chores, you won't spend your whole Saturday in the laundry room while your kids are watching TV. Organization and planning ahead can help you save space for quality time with your kids, where you can do the parenting tasks that really make a difference (and the ones you actually enjoy)--playing with them, listening to them, and teaching them.
Start that business you've been dreaming about for years. Seriously, you can do it. Starting a new business is stressful and time-consuming, especially if you're trying to hold on to your old job while you do it. A good planner will leave you space to dream big. Write down those dreams, and reread them when you're feeling burned out. Schedule deliberate time to work toward your goals every day and write that in your calendar so you don't forget. You may also want to find a planner that has space for documents so you can carry it along to meetings with lenders, vendors, clients, or partners.
Planning ahead is work, but if you spend a little more time developing a plan at the front end, you'll find your actions are much more successful.