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Sit down and think about what you are going to do in the future. Then make a plan to do these.

Write down the different activities. Sort them into order of what to do first. Break bigger activities down into smaller actions. Work out how long each activity will take and what help or other resources you will need, and how you can get necessary support.

Put the activities into a plan, including when to start each activity and when it should finish. Avoid stress by including adequate time, but also keep up reasonable challenge rather than making it so loose you might lose motivation.

Make it nice and visible, so you cannot ignore it. Then do the activities in order. Tick them off as you complete each one, congratulating yourself at each step.

Discussion

A good way of planning for activities is to write each activity on a post-it note and then shuffle the notes to put them into order. You can leave the post-its on a notice board or copy them into a more formal plan.

In practice, all you need to do is to know what to do next. Planning should help you identify this, while ensuring that each step moves you towards an overall goal.

It is easy to both over-do and (especially) under-do planning. The right level provides prompts and records of bite-sized chunks of work where you feel you have achieved something useful. Ticking off items completed gives a good sense of achievement and helps you keep going.

If you are unsure about what to plan for, maybe you need to step back and consider the purpose of your life. Think about being 80, looking back at your life. What would you want to be proud of? What good things would you want people to say about you?

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