1 | 6 | Draft a plan for each desired result

Hey there! I'm Marian Knopp, the Online Business Systemizer at marianknopp.com.

The Productivity Tip of the Day™ is: Draft a plan for each desired result.

Remember back to tip number four; I told you there are many ways to accomplish your goals. I wanted you to get into the habit of brainstorming options when you're looking at your goals to realize that there are more than one option that will get you the desired result that you want.

Hopefully, you've spent a few days thinking about the things that you have on your plate and how you can reach your goals the fastest, and now is the time to kind of brain dump all of the ways that you could accomplish the desired results that you have listed out. Maybe some of you are still working on your desired results. There are a lot of exercises you can do. There are plenty of trigger lists and prompt lists to help you figure out what you want to do with your life. You could get crafty, make a vision board, all sorts of things.

This tip is about the final step of all the capturing. So we have just been brainstorming, and brainstorming, and brainstorming throughout all of these tips, and now, this is the last step of brainstorming before we actually start to prune the tasks that we have so that we can effectively focus and systemize the execution of what we want to get done.

Let's talk about the nitty-gritty of this brainstorming. Obviously, you've gotten used to making lots of lists; I'm all about list making. You could type up this list, like under each desired result you can just brainstorm all the ways that you can get to that desired result. If you have like a vision board or another list and you're more of a pen and paper kind of person, that's fine too. Maybe on each page in a notebook you could write the desired results, the goal that you're striving for, and then just list out all of the ideas in the page.

But I will give you guys my special application tip, which is all about Trello, because a lot of you know, I'm a Trello expert, so I draft all of my plans in Trello. A great way to do this specific step is to have a project planning board. The reason why I have a separate board for this is because, oftentimes, I will have a lot of desired results. And you may too. Some people will have maybe a handful of desired results. They've got four or five things they're trying to go for in their life and they're very generalized to themes in their life.

Others get really detailed with their desired results. So they could have maybe a dozen at any time, or 50, or 100. There are no right or wrong amount of desired results and goals for your life. I'm certainly not going to limit you in any way on what you want to accomplish. For me, I do tend to lean towards having goals in the double digits. So having a project planning board is great for me to plan out all my projects, do this brainstorming exercise, and then when we get to tomorrow's step, which is all about starting to prune it and prioritize, I can still leave projects that I want to work on eventually, and come back to it. Kind of going back to that scenario where I accomplish a goal or I get my desired result, and it's like, "now what?"

Now I have to come up with new goals and new desired results; reframe my life somehow. Having a board that already has some projects for the someday / maybe / future life that we're going to have, is a really great place to keep those. I have a board for project planning and then each desired result or goal has its own list. Then I have all of the ideas that I have brain dumped for how I'm going to accomplish that goal as separate Trello cards in that list.

If you don't know what I'm talking about when I'm talking about boards and lists and cards, they're all Trello terms. It's a really great, useful system. You'll probably hear me talk about Trello often in this series just because that's my go-to, and I like using Trello because I use it as my task management system. So when it comes time for execution, I already have the cards drafted in Trello and ready for implementation.

That is the next step and that's the tip of the day. Draft a plan, and just, again, this is all brain dumping, this is all throwing ideas in there.

We're going to start pruning, we're going to start focusing so that we can actually execute and be productive on all the things we want to do. Those are all coming up in the tips later this week and into next week. So now that we've drafted a plan, it'll be time to tidy up. Stay tuned for tomorrow for that next critical step.

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All right. I hope to see you guys tomorrow. 

Have a wonderful day!

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