The Art of Planning Series 3 of 3 - Planning Doesn't Have to Be Painful

A few of hours of planning can avoid weeks of wasted time. Laying out a plan can keep you on task, on budget and reduce stress and overwhelm. It doesn't take much more effort than asking yourself a few questions and writing down your own answers. It keeps the vision and focus clear so you don't waste time trying to figure it out.

 Make a habit of planning

Ok, maybe the title is a little misleading. The first time you create a plan when you are not really a planner may seem a little painful, however, once you get started and see your vision coming to life it can be pretty quick and easy.

Developing a habit of something makes it easier to do. When actions become easy they take less time. Thus allowing you spend time on the things you want to focus on most. Here is how you can develop a habit of reviewing and managing your plan weekly.

  •  Set aside time each week to create your plan.
  • Choose a tool that will help you document your plan that is easy to access from anywhere.
  • Make sure you clear the clutter from your mind that would distract you from focusing on your plan.
  • Review how things went in the previous week and note anything you learned that will help you be more effective and efficient this next week.
  • Determine how much time you will have to work your plan in the upcoming week.
  • Review your overall plan and determine what actions you will take this week and add them to your tracking tool.
  • Don't forget to block time for self-care, family time and day to day household activities that need your attention.

 What you will gain

  • You will have such clarity that you will see things you may miss when you are frustrated or overwhelmed.
  • You will get things done more quickly to free up the time to spend on your passion, with your family or just relaxing.
  • You will take the guesswork out of what to do next so that you can move seamlessly to the next activity.

 Working your plan tips

  • Take a break, allow time for refocusing several times throughout the day. Step away from your computer for a few minutes. Check in to make sure you are still on track by asking yourself, "Am I currently doing what will take me closer to my vision?"
  • Be realistic about what you can get done. Don't put unneeded pressure or stress on yourself. This creates overwhelm that prevents action. When you developed your plan, you identified how much time it would take to complete an action. Take time to identify how much time you have to work on your plan and choose only the actions that you can get done within that time frame. 

I hope you enjoyed this series and found value in its content. If you missed the first two articles you can read them by clicking the links below.

  1. Why Should You Plan
  2. Risk of Poor Planning (or not having a plan at all)

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Athena Gray