TrackME Planner Overview
Why the TrackMe! Planner?
Any achievement is the result of iteration, or more simply stated, the process of doing something again and again, tweaking it each time to improve it.
We call this the P.I.T.A. Process.
The TrackMePlanner is developed around the P.I.T.A. Process.
It facilitates the process of creating your strategy for approaching life, so you live life on purpose, so you can Live Like It Matters.
There are 4 Stages to the TrackME! Planner Process:
Create a Strategy for Your Life
In life, you are either playing to your own tune, or to the tune of someone or something else. Playing your own tune provides a deep sense of achievement and value whereas playing to someone else's tune results in hollow victories.
The TrackME! Planner will aid you in defining what your own tune is.
Align your day to day activities so that you work towards what matters most
The reason most peoples dreams remain dreams is because they do not translate that dream to what must be done today.
Like the navigation app on your smartphone, it doesn't matter where you are at, or if you took a wrong turn, as long as you 'recalculate' and translate your dreams to where you are at, and what you can do today.
The TrackME! Planner guides you in doing this.
Make better decisions because you know your purpose and values
The number of choices available can be paralyzing. When you have a clear vision for your life, and are clear about your purpose in life, as well as the Values you hold dear, decision making becomes simpler. It is easier to say not to distractions when you know where you are headed.
Grow emotionally so that you can enjoy your life
Emotional growth or Confidence, is the result of 2 things. Doing what you say you will do, and doing what is right for you. Both of these are requirements for growing confidence. This is way tracking commitments is so important in a planner.
The TrackME! Planner makes it simpler to track if you are keeping those commitments, especially the commitments you make with yourself.
What is the P.I.T.A. Process
Before you have the right to plan you will need to figure out where you are at. We call this the Black Box. In the Black Box you will discover where you are at in the 8 Areas of Life - we help you do this by going through what we call the KSS Process. Helping you figure out what to you need to: Keep Doing; Stop Doing; and Start Doing in the 8 Areas of Life.
Know where you are at, where you want to go to, why you want to go there, and how you intend to get there.
Put your plan into practice.
As you implement, measure what if you are doing what you said you would do.
Based on the feedback, make adjustments to your plan.
Stage 1 - Plan
Take a Snap Shot of Your LIfe
First, the TrackME Planner takes you through a planning process. You will take a Snap Shot of 8 areas of your life to get a sense of the current state of your life.
Clarify Your Purpose
Next you will record your purpose. Clarifying your purpose is a process that starts with writing down what you think your purpose is. Clarifying what your purpose is provides staying power for when things get tough. The clearer your purpose is, and the more honest you are about your purpose, the more likely you are to stick to your journey.
Identify Your Values
Next you will establish what your Top 3 Values are. Your top 3 values become critical decision making tools in how you make decisions that affect your life.
Develop Your Life Plan
Set a your personal vision for each of the 8 areas of life. This is where you get to choose what you want your life to look like.
Set up to 3 objectives which align with your vision for each area of life. Objectives have a goal date for achieving them, typically one year to five years out.
Set your action steps for completing each objectives. Action Steps are the steps you will focus on doing, for the next 3 months.
Stage 2 - Implement
Master Task List
All the Objectives and Action Steps created in Stage 1 are transferred to a Master Task List. This Task List is used to identify the tasks that need to be focused on. The tasks can also be classified in order of priority.
Weekly Task List
Once a week, in a planning session, you review the Master Task List, and transfer those tasks which you will work on in the upcoming week to the Weekly Task List. You also add ad hoc items to this weekly task list for implementation
Capacity Building Activities
If you do the basics in each area of life, the result is an increased capacity. This means you can manage more. Your planner should allow you to clearly identify these basic priorities so that you can keep focused on accomplishing them.
Week View Planner
We implement a week at a time. For this reason the TrackME! Planner has a Week view for planning. The TrackME! Planner allows planning a full 24 hours of the day because not everyone fits into a 9 to 5 schedule.
Stage 3 - Track
Capacity Building Activites
Each day, easily update if you did what you said you would do in terms of the basics in each area of life.
Weekly Task List
Each day, update the status of the tasks on your Weekly Task List.
Master Task List
At least once each month, update the status of the tasks on your Master Task List
Each week, track how often you did what you said you would do. Easily create a graph so that you can see where you are succeeding, and where you need to pay additional attention.
Doing a Snap Shot provides a sense of which areas of life your are making progress in, and which, if any, you may be faltering in.
As you revisit your purpose periodically, it will become crystal clear what your purpose is.
You can re-prioritize your values if you feel the Top 3 identified in the previous quarter are not correct. Reflect on if your decisions being made are aligned with your Top 3 Values.
Like your Purpose, your Vision becomes clearer each time you revisit it. The clearer your vision is, the easier it is to take steps towards it.
Objectives & Action Steps
Quarterly assessing your Objectives and Action Steps results in greater likelihood of both personal growth generally, and progress towards your vision. Each time you do this, you become a better planner. You get to know yourself better.