As missionaries, we knew that “Meaningful goals and careful planning will help you accomplish what the Lord requires of you.” [1. see chapter 8 of Preach My Gospel.]

With hours, weeks, and months ahead of me, I knew the real test of my planning skills was about to begin. Looking back, I failed that test spectacularly. But I’ve learned a lot in the time since and I’m here to share some tips that will help you harness the planning tools of missionaries.

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1. Make a Schedule and Stick to It.

Whether you plan each day out or simply set goals once a month, pick a schedule that works for you and stick to it.

2. Set Goals.

Here are some tips suggested to help missionaries set goals: Follow the Spirit. Measure your progress daily, weekly, and monthly. Be specific and realistic, but set goals that will stretch you.

3. Create Your Own Key Indicators

Missionaries have numerous key indicators that help them focus on their purpose to invite all to come unto Christ and make sacred covenants. These include lessons taught, investigators at Sacrament, and new investigators found. Create your own key indicators to help you achieve your goals. Key indicators can be seen as ways to measure your effort to reach your goal. An example: If you have a goal to read your scriptures every day, key indicators could include how much time you spend a day reading, when you read, or how many chapters you read.

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