Strategic Thinking and Health
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How to Use Strategic Thinking for Your Health
Your health is another aspect of your life that can benefit from strategic thinking. This is largely because the things you need to do to get and keep yourself healthy require a lot of planning and forethought to work them into your schedule. This makes them work well with strategic thinking.
Strategic thinking about your health requires a slight modification of the process. When you sit down to make your plan, you need to include a list of both your goals and your challenges. Everyone has health challenges, whether that is a chronic illness, a high-stress job, hereditary dental issues, or something else.
Set Your Goals
The goals are things that you want to achieve with your health. As with everything else, they should be concrete. A health goal can be something as simple as losing ten pounds or as complex as reaching age 80 in relatively good health.
Identify Your Challenges
The challenges are things that you have to pay special attention to in order to maintain your health. If the issue is dental problems, for example, you may need to visit the dentist more often and get special treatments to keep your teeth healthy. All of this can go into your plan.
Include Enough Detail in Your Plan
Your strategic plan for your health should be detailed enough for you to follow it and for it to help you reach your goals. It can be short, as in a year or less, or cover what you expect to be the rest of your life.
The type of things you should include in your plan includes everything from your exercise plans (How? What? When?) to plans for getting your checkups and routine preventative tests. Many people do not do these latter two and end up at the doctor with a serious or even fatal problem that could have been resolved if they had been in sooner.
This plan can be as detailed as your diet plans for the next six months, including your cheat days, or as simple as a list of appointments to make in January of each year. It is up to you and what your health goals are.
Applying strategic thinking to your health will not allow you to live forever. It will not stop you from developing cancer or dementia in your old age. But it will help you be healthier for longer and help you catch health problems when they are early enough for better, easier treatment.
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This article provides general information and discussion about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this article, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.