“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” – Alan Lakein
Trying to plan for a month can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have an approach.
I’m going to share with you a very simple way to plan your month.
It’s simple, but powerful.
You can use Agile Results as a way to simplify your monthly planning. Agile Results is the system I talk about in my book, Getting Results the Agile Way.
Think in Terms of 3 Wins (Each Day, Each Week, Each Month)
Think in terms of Three Wins for the Day, Three Wins for the Week, Three Wins for the Month.
3 Steps to Plan Your Month
To plan the month using Agile Results, simply do three things:
- Pick a theme for the month.
- Identify three wins or three outcomes that you want to achieve by the end of the month.
- Write them down.
Yes, that’s it. And you will get better with time.
The monthly theme will give you focus. You can use it as a mantra. For example, let’s say the focus for this month, is simplicity. (I happen to like that one because I used simplicity as a focus for one of my projects at work, with great success.) For the entire month, you will have this one theme to keep going back to. It will remind you of what’s important.
It’s like a mini-mission for the month.
Three Wins for the Month
The three wins you identify will help you set a target for the month, in a way that’s goal oriented. As soon as you start to think about what you can achieve in a month, you will start to ask better questions. You’ll start asking questions about what’s important. You’ll start asking questions about what’s next.
You’ll also start asking questions about, what’s possible.
Meaningful months are made up of your weekly wins and your daily dos. The Rule of Three is your friend and will help you focus, as well as zoom in and zoom out. For example, you can use The Rule of Three to identify three wins for the day, three wins for the week, and three wins for the month. This helps you avoid getting overwhelmed, and we tend to be pretty good at remembering three things. Three is also a good way to focus your time and energy.
The best part is that each month is a chance to turn the page and start fresh. You are the author of your life and you are always writing your story forward. Use each month as a way to add great chapters to your life. When things don’t go as planned, carry the lessons forward, and use each day, each week, and each month, as a fresh start on your path of meaningful results.