Nested Plans: 6 Levels of Planning

Work your Plans: Most Minute Details in Weekly Plan

Create a different level of plans with a decreasing amount of details and increasing big chunks of time and the list of tasks you need to have completed at each stage.

For example: 
(a) Sweat the details from daily (level 1) plans which have the minute details of where you wish to spend each 15 minute or half-hour chunk of your time. 
(b) Next is weekly (level 2) plans to deal with three-hour chunks of time. 
(c) Then monthly (level 3) where you plan in one-day chunks of time. 
(d) Annual (level 4) deals with weekly goals. 
(e) Short-term (level 5) for 3 years deals with month-wise accomplishments. 
(f) Long-term (level 6) for 5 to 10 years with annual goals

Long-term is the biggest circle; within which is 3 years; in that is annual—look at the exercise as concentric circles. When you plan: you move outside-in (from level 6 to level 0). When you monitor progress: you move inside-out i.e. from the smaller time slots to the bigger time slots. Doing the planning and re-planning regularly is a mandatory exercise towards Serene Wellness. Use the SWQ (Serene Wellness Quotient) Quiz to check that you are spending at least the mandatory time on areas that are high on your current (and long-term) priority.

How to Regularly Achieve Repeat Success

Success is not a one-time act. You need to repeat one success with a second, and the second with a third. Life moves forward and you need the next success to satisfy your growing expectations and desires.
You need to know how to make success a habit. You need to know how to go through the failure – failure – success cycles: gratitude for both failure and success; prayer and humility in success and prayer and fortitude in failure. ” Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” ~ Earl Nightingale.
The only person who succeeds is the person who is progressively realizing a worthy ideal. The person who says, “I’m going to become this,” and then begins to work towards becoming it.

Here are 8 steps to help you realize success as often as you want:

1. See yourself as you want to be 10 years, as well as 5 years from now. Describe how you will be at the end of each year for the next 5 years.
This is long-range planning and need not be done too often—once a year is adequate. Frequently looking at and imagining the long-range future tends to discourage small incremental efforts in the short-term.
The key is to start with a ten-year vision; then the five-year and work back towards success spot for each year for the next 5 years.
From the start, fix whether you are talking and describing the beginning or end of the year. Do not mix the 2. If you fix on the beginning as your time reference, it should remain so for checking status for all the time slots: day/week/month/year. 
Do you want to Evaluate, analyze, consolidate, and visualize at the beginning of the day/week/month/year or the end?  Decide this upfront and then stick to it.
I prefer to do it at the end so that I can start the next time slot well-prepared but everyone has his or her preferences. Select the one that you tune to but be consistent in all time slots.

2. Write a description of the person you want to become by the calendar year-end: the money, health, and relationships you want to have. Work and live in a feeling of abundance, think positive thoughts, say good kind words, and act timely, thoughtfully, and in abundance.
Often you are told to evaluate where you are and then describe where you want to be and plan how to get where you want to be. This exercise, unfortunately, focuses on your lack of something: it reinforces scarcity and the gap discourages you from even taking the first step forward.
What you should do is forget about where you are today. Just describe where you want to be. Make it as wild and ambitious as possible. Think of great people who did just such ‘impossible’ things. Feel that you have already reached your goals: in the areas of money, health, and relationships.
Behave, think, feel, and act today in the same way that you can see yourself after having accomplished your goals.

3. Establish definite goals—money, health, relationships. Experience the sensation of these goals accomplished. 
Whenever you sit down to define your goals remember to work with an abundance mentality. Go ahead and stand at the place where you want to be, and define what you have accomplished.
These are the goals that you must plan for now in the present. This exercise will take a lot of time and practice because from childhood our minds have been tuned to work from a scarcity mind-set. Remember your past accomplishments, remember great men who did ‘impossible’ tasks, history repeats itself: all you need is faith and confidence that you too can repeat history.
Think positive thoughts about yourself. Take total responsibility for your current position. It was your reaction and responses to circumstances that have placed you where you currently are. Learn to change your attitude if need be.

4. Look back to look forward from the vantage spot of goals reached.
What have you done to reach that point? List these activities. Do them. Who has helped you reach this point? Request their support. Do as they say.
It is a good idea to prioritize the list of activities and have no more than 3 that are mandatory for the day. In the beginning, define just one mandatory activity and complete it. Then move onto 2 and finally 3. In a single day, never plan to complete more than 3 mandatory activities.
Classify the activities into 4 quadrants: Low Simplicity (i.e. complex, difficult, time-consuming) and Low Impact is Quadrant 1; High Simplicity and Low Impact is Quadrant 2; Low Simplicity and High Impact is Quadrant 3; High Simplicity and High Impact is Quadrant 4. 

Impact III IV
Complex & Low Impact Simple & High Impact
Complex & Low Impact Simple & Low Impact

When you assign priorities, ensure that you give higher priority to Quadrant 4 activities and least to Quadrant 1 activities. Quadrant 2 and 3 you can categorize as you wish: I would prefer to complete the simple activities and get the benefit of even the low impact early on; therefore, I would prefer Quadrant 2 to Quadrant 3 any day. There is not much to prioritize between quadrants 2 and 3 

5. Every day evaluate your status and praise yourself.
Planning activities even in the minutest details does not guarantee success. What helps you succeed is keeping track of progress, anticipating possible roadblocks, mitigating them, facing issues head-on, and taking necessary corrective actions.
You should re-plan every day. Whatever may be the state of your activities, you should praise yourself for at least one accomplishment of the day, however small it may be.

 6. Every week analyze your progress and reward yourself. 
Then revisit your goals. Is each goal still relevant? Do you want to drop or modify these? Has any goal been completed? Any sustained growth goal to be included in its stead? Is there a goal you want to postpone to a future date? Are there any new goals you wish to include for the rest of the year (time period)?
Go to step 3. Cycle between steps 3 to 4 to 5 to 6! That’s the flow.
The key to praises and rewards is to maintain a journal of the reasons why you praised yourself daily, why you rewarded yourself every week. Go through this list, and I am sure you will be able to justify the celebration recommended in the next step.
As human beings, we do have our ups and downs. It is how fast and how well we recover from our downs that determine how fast we progress during our next up-cycle. The journal helps remind us of how good, how great, how unique we are, and gets us through the next down phase with greater energy than before.

7. Every month consolidate your efforts and celebrate; go to step 2.
Accomplishments have a funny way of getting buried under the debris of day-to-day blunders, mishaps, and existences. Celebrate with your support team or your near and dear ones.
The praises you received from others could be passed on to your support team for reinforcements. The rewards that you give yourself can also be shared with those who wish you well. However, it does not matter if you sometimes enjoy praises and rewards with yourself.
However, it is highly recommended that you gather your support team and friends too during this celebration. This has the added advantage that you recognize publicly those who have supported and helped you. Your support team meets each other and gels together and this will help them help you better in the future.

8. Every year take a vacation, and visualize that too; go to step 1.
Often you see things more clearly when you take one step away from the situation. You need to sharpen your axe. You need to get your reinforcements in place.
A vacation away from the nitty-gritty of your goals, your list of activities, and your accomplishments is sure to rejuvenate you. Do give yourself a holiday at least once a year for at least 3 consecutive days, or preferably for a week.
You could do the visualization on the last lap of your vacation after you have refreshed yourself. Remember that on your return from vacation, you should complete your visualizations before you start any other activity—even checking your emails can wait; especially checking your emails.
~ excerpt from the book Serene Wellness: Daily Practise in 7 Areas” by Healer Naseem Mariam, Chennai, India: available on, since 12-Sep-2018

About the Author: Dr. Naseem Mariam Ph.D. (Acu) heals people using Alternative therapies for over 10 years. Earlier, she has worked for 24 years as a Senior Software Manager in Wipro and Aricent Technologies in the design and testing of applications and systems, managing large projects for customers worldwide.  During 2001 – 2003, she wrote many articles on self-development, personal health, project management, and customer satisfaction. Revisiting that treasure trove and republishing those articles. She has authored an eBook called “Project Serenity – How to gain happiness and peace” and 3 books on Lifestyle and Wellness: “Serene Wellness: Daily Practise in 7 Areas”, “Belly Loss Blueprint: Come N.E.A.R. Vibrant Health” with its companion “Belly Loss Habits: Workbook to Vibrant Health”.

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