Getting organized is a huge key to success. That’s why I rely so heavily on my war plan.
What is a “war plan”?
A war plan is your organized plan for the week ahead including goals for the short and long term. This new plan will help you plan meals, get that work out in, ensure quality family time and even your next day off. The “war plan” is simply a plan of what you would like to achieve and how to do it.
Making your war plan is crucial to success. It is the fundamentals of setting and accomplishing your goals. Here are some steps to making (and sticking to) your war plan:
- Start with a planner – This is pretty obvious. Getting your goals for the week/month/year down on paper subconsciously solidifies what you need to get done. Plus it’s oh so satisfying to put a check mark next to the goal or cross it out all together. I love these cute planners from Papersource, you can check out my favorites here, here, and here.
- Sunday prep – Preparing for the week ahead before it begins is crucial. Sunday is the perfect day to plan out exactly what needs to get done that week. It doesn’t take very long, and it allows you to free up your mind and not worry about what’s coming next because you already have it all down.
- Be realistic – There’s only so much you can squeeze into one day. It’s important to plan out your week ahead but at the same time keep in mind that if something comes up throughout your week where you have to shift plans, that’s okay. The main point here is to get organized, because when you’re more organized you’ll be less stressed.
Making my war plan each Sunday night has changed the way I view “being busy”. I put the things in my war plan that are essential to my success, but there’s also time set aside for relaxing and fun things! This allows me to not stress out about everything that needs to get done because I know I made time for it. Also, I don’t forget about the important (or not so important) things I need to do. It’s surprisingly super freeing, so go take the time to make your own war plan – your future self will thank you!