Is As Simple As 1 2 3

Copyright 2000 by Cordell Vail

Normally one of the main reasons that people are not successful in goal setting is because of PROCRASTINATION. One of the grand roadblocks to life is PROCRASTINATION. Why do we procrastinate? Mostly because we are not organized. We are overwhelmed with so much to do and can not decide which thing to do first. We try to remember all we have to do but things just happen. We forget. Things go undone. PROCRASTINATION is often just disorganization.

I can help you stop that frustration in your life. This is going to be so simple that it is almost stupid. You will laugh once you try it and see how effective it is. You will say to yourself, "WHY DIDN'T I KNOW THIS BEFORE". Truly it is as simple as 1 2 3.

To get organized in your life, there are two things you can do.

First you can spend several hundred dollars and go to a Franklin Planner, or Day Planner seminar. Then buy all their little books and materials and then follow the system. IT WORKS...

Second, and much cheeper and easier, follow my 1 2 3 system. It does not cost hundreds of dollars. You can start doing it in the next five minutes if you have a piece of paper and a pen. You will be so organized when you are done you will be dangerous.

All you have to do is take a piece of paper and make a set of numbers along the left side. It is also helpful to put a little check box by each number. I like to put at least 10 numbers on my paper each day. You may want to even put 20 numbers. I just made some of these in my word processor and then printed 100 of them.

Here is an example.


[ ] 1. ________________________________________

[ ] 2. ________________________________________

[ ] 3. ________________________________________

[ ] 4. ________________________________________

[ ] 5. ________________________________________

[ ] 6. ________________________________________

[ ] 7. ________________________________________

[ ] 8. ________________________________________

[ ] 9. ________________________________________

[ ] 10. _______________________________________

Now for the hard part. DOING IT. That is always the hard part of any system, actually using it. You have to do this to make it work. It is so simple it is really easy to PROCRASTINATE and not do it. But I promise you it will make you so organized in your life that you will get at least twice as much done every day.

Here is how you use this 1 2 3 system. Every morning, take this piece of paper with the numbers on it and write down all the things you have to do today. They don't need to be in any order. Just write down everything you can think of that you need to do today. (Obviously you can do this any time of the day if you slept in and are late for work).

As you use the system you will find that you are adding things to the list as the day goes on. That is not important. The thing that is important is that you keep this paper with you all day long. Get a little notebook to keep it in. Ta Daa. Now you have your own little Franklin Planner and the total cost is under two dollars.

As you accomplish the things on your 1 2 3 list, check them off. At the end of the day, if there are things that are not done, transfer them to the page for the next day.

That is all there is to it! Is that simple or what? How could it be any easier than that? This little daily planning sheet has served me for years to help me get organized, stay organized and make twice as much out of every day.

Cordell Vail, W.B.

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