I am absolutely horrible at planning! It falls in line with the whole lack of organization that I suffer. Surely there’s a diagnosis for this by now! Becoming organized is one of my goals (See: Goal Inhibitors: Excuses and Negative Thoughts post). You should see my office.
I consider myself to be spontaneous (my excuse for lack of planning) and I usually do things at the last-minute. Actually, for the times that I have tried to plan something my mind goes blank….well…my mind doesn’t go blank. I actually just get distracted and forget. Then, remember at the last-minute that I was supposed to plan something. Anyway! Either whatever I was supposed to be planning doesn’t happen at all or something is just quickly thrown together.
If I were to be honest and I usually am, the lack of planning has negatively impacted my life. Generally things don’t get done because I didn’t have a plan.
Side note about “usually” being honest: I really am honest. However, if you asked me if it looks like you’ve gained weight, I’d probably say…hmm, not really. My thought is that you already know you’ve gained weight so why are you asking me to confirm it???
So, the things I love like traveling, date night, doing fun things with my daughter, or hanging with friends have fallen by the wayside because I didn’t plan or forgot to plan and so I pretty much wait for someone else to plan. Can you tell that my social life is a bit lackluster?
Now that I have ventured into the world of blogging, planning is critical to its success. The main goal of the blog is for me to connect with others who are on their journey to becoming. In order to connect, there has to be consistency in my interaction with my beloved followers. In order to have consistency, there needs to be a plan. As a matter of fact, just about anything you pursue, has to have a plan for it to be successful.
I was reading an article awhile back on Entrepreneur (http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/241797) that suggests planning your day the night before, which is a concept that blew my mind. Yes, I know it’s a simple concept but my mind truly does not think “planning” or “organization”. The article stated that it would be a “game changer” if applied. I totally need to adopt some game changer habits. The idea is that planning your day the night before will increase your productivity which would increase your chances of completing a task or reaching a goal.
I honestly believe that this idea would work and help me to accomplish my goals. I’m only going to do one day at a time (baby steps here) with the goal of eventually having a planning day where I will plan my week. I will begin with having an idea of what I want to accomplish for each day and adding it to my planner (I’m still debating on whether or not I prefer an electronic or paper planner. Which do you prefer?). There’s something about being able to check things off the list that gives me a sense of accomplishment. Also, because my thoughts tend to be all over the place and I’m easily distracted, it should help me to stay focused.
In everything we do, we truly have to have a plan in place. Without that a plan, we are basically aimlessly moving in some direction hoping we end up where we want to be. At least that has been the case for me. We have to do better! Start with a plan and see where you go!