How do you feel about planning?
a. Planning is great. I always know what I have to do each day.
b. Planning is okay. I know I need to do it, but I don’t always remember.
c. Planning is a drag. I know I should do it, but it just cramps my style. I hate being told what to do even if I’m the one telling me what to do.
If you answered B or C, this post is intended to change your perception of planning. Scheduling is not a prison sentence, nor will it infringe upon your freedom. On the contrary, scheduling allows you to enjoy more freedom in your day. It also allows you to focus on your priorities so that you can be more productive and get more done. That’s not so bad, is it?
3 Ways to Embrace Planning
1. Planning allows you to prioritize your day. There’s no doubt that there are things you have to get done each day—calls, notes, Pop-Bys, meeting with clients, etc. When you plan your week and your day, you ensure that the important tasks get done. Once you know when these priorities will be complete, you’ll have more time to focus on other things.
2. Build in wiggle room. If one of your objections to planning is that it doesn’t allow time for spontaneity, then build buffer time into your schedule. That way, you can still accomplish your tasks, but you’re not beholden to a specific timeframe.
3. View it as a guide to your day. You don’t have to plan every second of your day. A well-developed schedule is a guide for how you plan to spend your day. While you may have scheduled 90 minutes to complete calls to your database, if it only takes you an hour, then you have 30 minutes to write notes or assemble your Pop-By items or navel gaze.
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