Not to complicate things...too late, but this visual helps, not only in planning, but in the evaluation part as well. And that is something we sometimes forget to do.
This model simply states If (I changed to when) I do this, this will happen.
When I write 1,000 words a day, I will finish my manuscript in sixty days.
When I exercise 30 minutes a day, I will higher my energy levels.
Some tidbits about creating your statements. Make sure your outcome is measurable by your standards. In my second example "energy levels" is too broad a statement unless I use a chart like the emoticons.
Something to this effect that I can track.
It's a good idea to begin with your end goals while brainstorming your statements. I want my MS done in 60 days. What do I have to do to get there? Careful with using goals you cannot control, such as getting an agent. You can do steps to move forward in getting an agent, Write, polish, send out queries etc, but each of these steps is a goal in and of itself that YOU can control. Getting an agent...not so much.
And there you have it. Strategic Planning 101!
Anything you would like to add?