I’ve never been a huge planner, by that I mean I don’t do much in the way of formal detailed planning. I set goals at the beginning of each week/month/year, but they’re usually quite general and loose, leaving wiggle room which I all too often take advantage of!
Back in January, feeling a bit demotivated and yes, lazy, I signed up for a planning course primarily but not exclusively aimed at writers. I wasn’t desperately excited about it, and saw it more as a necessary means to and end because I’d been backsliding quite considerably and felt I needed a kick up the proverbial. Plus, the course focused on three months at a time which felt fairly doable. Once signed up for the course, you are able to take it again every quarter if you need it.
At first, I struggled with the detail required and wondered if I’d made a huge mistake signing up. The problem stemmed from trying to do everything suggested and getting myself bogged down and frustrated. All that happened was that the rebel in me… well, rebelled.
The second quarter was a bit different and I started adapting the information to suit me. This is something that the course creator (who is absolutely excellent, by the way) stresses all the time – take what works for you and discard the rest. It still didn’t really resonate with me, and I still managed to get bogged down to the point of wanting to throw the whole thing in the air, but I’d paid in full so thought I’d better persevere.
I’ve just finished planning out the third quarter and actually feel like I’ve had a breakthrough. So much so that I’m now loving it! It finally feels like I have a workable plan. One that will (hopefully) work for me. I feel like I’m in control and that’s a really great feeling. So motivated am I that I even bought myself a shiny new planner folder to record everything in, plus a pretty new hole punch, some coloured pens, a paper cutter, and some sticky notes for the Kanban board (which I have learned to love with a passion).
Here’s to July, August and September. Bring it on! Ha! I’ll let you know how it goes.
How about you? Do you have a planning system that works for you?
I love lists and goals and organizing, so this is right up my alley. I don’t do a kanban board or anything beyond my own Excel spreadsheets, but I am happy when I know my day’s list of to-do’s, and seeing them to-done!
I’ve often thought about a spreadsheet, but I usually end up getting stuck as not very good at using Excel! Right now I’m working to see more ‘to-done’ than anything else 🙂
Good going Faye, I have always planned. I swear I plan to plan and have lists for lists. Not that I get it done. I need to get tunnel vision like the blinders they put on race horses. 🙂 Seriously I need to do a better job of prioritizing.
Looking forward to following how it goes.
Ha! I sympathise with the lists for lists 🙂 My problem is usually tons of sticky notes all over the place!
Way to go on sticking to it1 And making the things work for you that work for you and discarding the ones that don’t– that’s an accomplishment in and of itself! I don’t plan. I just go….. LOL! Jillian
Took me a long time to learn I didn’t have to do everything that a course proposed! Just ‘going’ certainly works for you, Jillian!
Takes me a long time too. I’m such a rule follower. Lol. Rebelling is sometimes a good thing. 😀
I love ‘to do lists’ and then I celebrate each completed task! Congrats on your accomplishments of becoming a well-organized planner!
Thanks, Mary. Celebrating completed tasks is so important 🙂
I plan in my head but have never been one for making lists, not even for shopping, I usually end up forgetting or losing it. I do try and somehow everything gets done. I admire you for all the courses you do and for persevering with it. Am sure you will reap the benefits by year end. Way to go, girl!
Thanks, Kit! I used to be a post-it girl. Still am if I feel rebellious. Too funny about forgetting or losing your lists… To be honest, I’m not sure how long this planning thing will last. I’ll keep you posted 😉