“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” – lots of people say so.
Now I love to plan. I love the paper and pens and colour coding… my problem is often with the implementation. Now this is for various reasons:
- I try to do too much at once
- I get thrown off course by obstacles
- I wait for the right time / day / week etc etc (which, as you’ve probably guessed, never happens)
Overall this means I haven’t planned very well. It’s a bit like where you did an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G revision planner, fully colour coordinated, but you spent so long colouring it in, by the end of the first session you were behind so you had to do it all again…
So what I’m doing this time is
- Making my goals realistic (which I have definitely struggled with before). This has meant more smaller goals, properly breaking them down into smaller steps
- Giving myself more time to plan properly – taking a what, when, why approach AND considering what might stop that
- Having a deadline in the near future to start implementing the plan – 1 August (12 months to me being 35), but also letting myself do some stuff beforehand so I’m not off having numerous ‘last suppers’
I am also treating this like a proper project – giving it time, researching things properly, and not rushing into anything (but not letting myself put it off for too long!)
And it seems to be working. I’m getting more clarity on what I want to do, whilst trying out some habits in my planning time. I’ve created some principles to guide exactly what I’m doing, and I feel much better prepared, so fingers crossed!!! Nearly there, I feel I nearly have Project 35!!!
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