Scheduling is essential for success!
Let’s face it… scheduling is important. You can either let life happen to you, or you can plan, schedule, and manage your life. In other words, it is within your power to create the life you want. It may take time and it may take diligence, but you are in the captain’s seat, at the helm of your own ship.
Let’s take vacations for example… If you want to take that dream vacation, you need to put it on the calendar, even if it is 5 years out from now. Then it’s time to plan for it and save for it. Otherwise, that dream vacation is simply not going to happen.
It doesn’t really matter what the goal is. Let’s say that you want to go on a mission trip, renovate your kitchen, move out to the country, or finally start your own business, the process is the same. You need to set and define your goal, pick a reasonable date to complete it, and then determine the steps that must be taken to reach that goal.
It’s a matter of fairly simple goal setting. And yet so many times, we just drift along with the tide and wonder why we are no closer to our goals and sometimes even further from them when we think about them again later on down the line.
So, let’s not be like everyone else. It’s time to do some scheduling for the upcoming year. This will allow us to achieve the goals and realize the success that we want. And I’m not only referring to monetary success. I’m talking about relational, spiritual, emotional, and financial success.
Pull out that big 2017 calendar and let’s get to work.
The first thing you should do is schedule your TIME OFF work and/or school. Yep, that’s right. Let’s be intentional about it rather than just stopping in our tracks because we are burned out and tired.
Mark these dates on your calendar:
- Your family vacation (yes, you will need to talk with your spouse and/or family to pick the best week or two for everyone)
- Your last day of school (students need to know when they have finished a grade)
- Your days off from work (maybe these are weekend days, or they may fall in the middle of the week. You’re the boss if you own your business, so you decide your days off)
- Days you WILL work (make appointments with yourself and then keep them)
- Goals you will work to reach (date of the marathon, date to put house up for sale, etc.)
You can reach some of your goals in 2017. And other goals may have to wait for a future year. But don’t drift along life’s tide any longer. Take 2017 by the wheel and do some scheduling now for your success in the year to come.
And may God bless you and yours this next year!
P.S. Read last week’s blog post for Part I of Scheduling for Success here.