- Coherence - Coherence suggests that there is harmony, unity and integrity between your vision and mission, your roles and goals, your priorities and plans, and your desires and discipline. In your planner, you should be a place for your personal mission statement so that you can constantly refer to it. Place your roles for both short and long-term goals.
- Balance - Identify your various roles and keep them right in front of you, so that you don't neglect important areas such as your health, your family, professional preparation, or personal development. Many people seem to think that success in one area can compensate for failure in other areas of life. But can it really? Perhaps it can for limited time in some areas. But can success in your profession compensate for a broken relationship, ruined health, or weakness in personal character?
- Focus in Important yet Not Urgent Activities - Organize your life on a weekly basis. It provides much greater balance and contact than daily planning. The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
- A "People" Dimension - Deal with people, not just schedules. While you can think in terms of efficiency in dealing with time, a principle-centered person thinks in terms of effectiveness in dealing with people. There are times when principle-centered living requires the subordination of schedules to people. Implement rather than create guilt when a schedule is not followed. *I used to feel upset whenever my plans didn't turn out as expected due to human factor*
- Flexibility - Your planning tool should be your servant, never your master. Since it has to work for you, it should be tailored to your style, your needs, your particular ways.
- Portability - Write your weekly schedule somewhere where you can carry around. Easier to view or to make changes when necessary. Don't depend 100% on your memory.
"For I know the plans I have for you, " declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you....
[Jeremiah 29: 11-14]