How The Rapid Planning Method Can Help You Prioritize

Doing Things Is Not the Same as Getting Things Done

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Did you know that you have the tools to enhance your quality life and it will not cost you a cent? All it takes is the drive to take a vision and make it real. Time management plays a huge role in this yes, but the key also lies in ensuring you can live on your own terms rather than someone else’s.

Sure, they pay your salary. But do you really want to spend the rest of your life working for someone else and making them richer on your behalf? What is in it for you and how can you get to where they are or where you want to be in life?

Simple. By prioritizing your goals and taking actionable steps towards them without compromising your self-worth and health. That is the sign of true leaders. They have found ways to not only maximize their resources but also their health, time, the people they know, the concepts they have learned, and their physical energy.

By nurturing this tendency, they have also learned how they can increase their enjoyment level. It is one of the main reasons why they can find happiness in the darkest of times and even if they are financially strained. Think about it. If you are a millionaire but are always under stress or feel anxious all the time, what have you really achieved?

How the Rapid Planning Method Can Help

This is where the Rapid Planning Method can prove invaluable. The brainchild of Tony Robbins, the self-help guru extraordinaire, the time management method is more than a treatise that can help you achieve your goals – it can help you increase your joy and sense of fulfillment as well.

To put this plan into action efficiently you have to remember that where your focus goes, your energy quickly follows. If you control your focus, you will be able to tap into limitless energy which can allow you to perform consistently well and avoid burnout.

That fuel should drive you as you try to decide where you want to be in life. With time, this drive will help you shift your focus from what everyone else demands from you or your fears to what is most important in your life.

The Rapid Planning Method breaks down that journey beautifully in three steps:

‘R’ for Result

The first step is R which stands for Result in the RPM method. It is focused solely on how we think about ongoing projects we are interested in. This can be tricky because we are made to multi-task and rely on lists to take care of each task. Go to this meeting, read this book, visit so and so relative = our days are filled with to-do lists.

The R method can teach you to think about that list in a productive manner. For example, instead of saying, have a dinner meeting with Sophia, focus the task by saying ‘have to meet up with Sophia to discuss x, y, z issue of a project.’ In other words, refocus your attention to the actual particulars of each task in the list and the results you are looking for and you will feel all of that stress drain away.

This way of thinking turns the tables on stress by easing our inner monologue. Instead of saying say ‘Meet with John for payroll issues’ say, ‘Meet with John at 4 pm for lunch to discuss how salaries will be disbursed.’ In other words, focus on the final outcome, not the physical aspect of each task. It does not matter how you get there or what you do.

Think about it. Your actions can change, but not the outcome you are looking for. It does not matter whether you meet John at a bistro or in the conference room. What matters are the results you are looking for and the action plan you need to discuss to achieve it. Once you realize that, we come to the next step – Purpose.

‘P’ for Purpose

A result that is not driven by a purpose might as well be obsolete. Your reason for acquiring any result should be one of the driving forces of your action plan. Say you want to create a presentation for a big meeting by say, Wednesday, 3:00 pm. That is a great result, but what is the intent or reason behind it?

Is there a purpose behind the presentation? If no one is going to learn anything from it and you just created, it for the sake of it (say to impress your boss) you are not going to stand behind it when it really matters. For example, if the presentation was meant to train employees about their job, you will not be able to motivate yourself to care about their progress.

As soon as you face a challenge, you are not even going to look at your presentation to see where you went wrong. You will either procrastinate or drop it altogether. However, if you have a clear purpose in mind for the presentation, you can push through the challenge and make amends.

For example, say the aim of the training was to coach employees on how to tackle difficult customers. But some employees need extra help. Rather than ignoring them, since your purpose is to ensure quality customer care, you will be motivated to meet with them and see where they are going wrong.

If you do not have a purpose working behind the results you are looking for at this point, you will get caught up in other things. Your purpose has to be the answer to why you are doing this in the first place. If you have a great purpose, you are not going to have trouble coming up with solutions to challenges in your way. It will give you the extra push you need to take on the next step in the abbreviation – Massive Action Plan.

‘M’ for Massive Action Plan

Massive Action Plan or MAP refers to the actions or steps you need to take to get the purpose-driven result you are looking for. At this point, you know what you need to do and why you need to do it. Now, all you need to do is determine how you are going to achieve it.

According to Tony Robbins, this is the least important part not because of lack of significance, but because it only allows you to come to a goal you are dead set on. If you already have a great and clear result in mind, how you get there will take care of itself

However, for that to be possible, your goal should extremely clear. For example, say your goal is that you want to lose some weight. That is not a clear enough result. For one thing, it does not have a deadline and it does not verify the numbers you want to see on that scale on that deadline either.

You do not have to go overboard and burn out in the process. Revaluate your goal as baby steps. Say you want to lose one pound by two weeks. If you manage to meet that goal, update your MAP by saying you will lose two pounds by two weeks and so on till you reach your ideal weight.

You can refine it further by saying you have to lose 30 pounds by the 30th of July or by mid-May. The point is that your result or goal has to be crystal clear in your mind and your purpose has to be something meaningful, so it inspires you. For this, your purpose may be that you want to fit into those skinny jeans you used to rock in college or a low backed dress you saw in a store.

Once you have these two figured out, your brain will take over and determine ways to reach that goal. You have to remember that there is no single way to get the results you are looking for. You do not have to join a gym. Just jog every day around the block and work out at home.

The bottom line is that as long as you are driven, how you get the results you need will take care of itself. Challenges will fall like matchsticks once you have the Rapid Planning Movement down pat.