Time is the most precious resource we have. Time does not discriminate between you and I, each day we only have 24 hours to spend. Time cannot be hoarded or saved in the bank, nor can it be borrowed. However, it can be invested. Time that is unused (or poorly used) simply disappears, and each morning our 24 hours is renewed.
Time is a resource that needs to be reclaimed. Our dreams can be turned into bona-fide achievements when we redeem our time. I came across a resource that I want to share with you, for just this purpose. It is adapted from Martin Yate's book "Knock 'em Dead Cover Letters". He calls it the "Plan, Do, Review Cycle".
Before I lay out the steps in the "Plan, Do, Review Cycle," I recommend you do this nightly exercise in a notebook. The reason is, a notebook becomes your record of the concrete steps you've taken towards accomplishing your goals (it'll feel good). It tracks where you were and also how you've grown. On a particularly hard day of disappointments - looking back to see how far you have come from where you started can be a real morale booster.
Each night, you are asked to reflect about 4 things: (1) What happened during the day (AM/PM); (2) What went well? [Key: do more of what went well!]; (3) What didn't go so well? [Key: problem solve for next time]; and (4) What tasks do I need to move forward on tomorrow?
After reflecting, the next step is action. Step (5): Rank each task A, B, or C: [A] is for tasks that must be completed tomorrow, [B] would be good to have completed by tomorrow, and [C] tasks to do if there is spare time after A and B. Step (6) is to write out a prioritized to-do list, and (7) is follow through on it! There you have it, Martin Yate's "Plan Do Review Cycle". In completing this exercise each night, you're developing your critical thinking, and time-redeeming capacities to reach your personal goals.
As I start practicing this exercise for myself, I can see that it will be challenging to do it each day. But then again, anything worth doing is challenging. I hope you'll give this exercise a try for yourself, and I wish you success in attaining your personal/professional goals! - EY