Planning backwards helps you focus on results
Planning forward is the natural approach. We have a goal and think about all the future actions we need to take, but the real focus should be results. Planning backwards is results based, and provides a structure to get the right things done at the right time.
How to Plan Backward
- Pick out one of your larger goals, and break it down into smaller goals. Pick the first one you need to achieve.
- List the mini goals or milestones you need to accomplish to achieve your goal by the deadline you've set.
- Draw a timeline from left to right. Put the current date on the far left and your deadline on the far right. Insert each milestone with a date, starting from your deadline and working backwards.
- Once your milestones are in the right places, list underneath each one the actions you need to take to achieve them. Keep it in your planner, and TAKE ACTION!