I have always believed in planning. From the simple things like the clothes I am going to wear the following day to the more complex part of my life such as the goals I want to achieve.

Masterplan yourself.

The first and most important step in setting your personal goals is to reflect on what you want to achieve in life — 10 years from now, what do you to become? Knowing your objective in life is the key and everything else will follow. These goals will give you a perspective of your future and if you are determined to reach these goals, the decisions that you will make each day will contribute in shaping your future.

Like an architect, it is easier to have a visual perspective of your plan in order give you a clearer picture of what you want to become. You can do this by doing a brain map or simply putting up photos of your goals. This visual representation will serve as an inspiration for you to persevere more to achieve your dreams just like a blue print.

Don’t be a skeptic but have a back up plan.

Even though you spend time to carefully plan your day, things do not always work the way you may have planned it. Don’t let this small set back ruin the “Big Picture”. Life is full of uncertainties, a back up plan will give you an advantage.

Planning compels you to focus more on your objectives, without it you won’t have a guide. Every night, before going to bed, I already plan my day. This makes it easier for me accomplish the activities I need to finish and when I am off track, I look back to my list and move on. Five to ten minutes of planning, saves my energy, my time and of course, fuel. That’s just on a daily basis. Planning a lifetime takes more than that but a daily habit of having a task list can be a good start.

Perhaps the most difficult to do is to plan for death, however we need to accept that everything will come to pass. Don’t think funeral planning as a morbid activity but more of an advantage. At least, when you’re gone, you know that your family and loved ones are not burdened. Even if it’s difficult, they know that you have thought of them.

So, start setting your goals, plan your future and visualize your masterplan.