Having a well thought out plan to execute feels great! The challenge, so many times, is we have so much going on that it is hard to find the time to create a plan. I wish I had calculations to tell you how much time a plan will save you in the long run, but I do not have that. All I know is that taking the time, even if it is 15 minutes, to lay out a plan bring many benefits.
I am a planner. When I have a trip coming up, I will start to write down and plan out what I want to bring, what I want to wear, and what I may need to purchase about a month before my trip. To me, creating a plan is almost a hobby. It feels so good to know what I need to do, when I need to do it and have it organized in one of my favorite notepads (using one of my favorite pens, HeeHee). Many of you who don’t like to plan like this will think I’m a nut, and I’m good with that, but let me share with you the amazing benefits of taking time to create a plan.
- Planning frees your mind. Many times we know we have a bunch of things we need to get done in our day. We carry those things around with us in our mind and they continue to pop up and nag us throughout the day. Simply writing those things down in a safe place will get them off your mind and free up space. You might even feel a short period of peace when your mind no longer needs to juggle those things.
- Planning allows us to flow through our day. We have enough “to-dos” to fill each and every day. When our day is not planned out, it can feel like we are living in a pinball machine. Have you had a day like that recently? Bouncing all over the place, allowing life and others to dictate your time. When we think through a plan, we place items in the order that makes sense and flows. I don’t know about you, but the idea if living in a pinball machine gives me a headache!
- Planning helps us make better decisions. Inevitably, something will pop into your life that was not on your plan. Last night before I went to bed our kitchen sink decided not to drain. Dealing with that was not on my husband’s or my plan. Because we do have a plan for the day, we were able to ask ourselves how urgent the matter was and make a decision as to where to fit it in. If I had not had a plan for the day, I would have allowed this inconvenience to derail my day.
- Planning allows you to know you are on track. Whenever we have a big project that we are working on, it can be challenging to track our progress. The biggest project we all work on is our life as a whole. Take a deep breath and don’t let the idea of that overwhelm you. The entire point of a plan is to remove that overwhelming feeling. In my early thirties I came across the idea of Life Planning. I took my time to work through it and when I was done it brought all of the above mentioned benefits to reality. Most importantly, as life brought obstacles and detours, I had a plan to reference back to, insuring that I stayed on track. I LOVE MY LIFE PLAN! It gives me confidence everyday that I am on the RIGHT track for me!
I have found so much joy in my life plan that I use to teach a class on it at our local community college. As we speak, I am working on converting that class over to a four session online workshop with four month online access (allowing you all the time you need to create your plan knowing how busy you are). If you want to have confidence that you are on the right track in life, keep an eye out for more information in the next few months. I am so excited about sharing it with you and allowing you to find the peace of mind that I have found.
In the meantime, remember all of the benefits to taking a few minutes each day to get organized and write out a plan.
Here’s to living the best life we can filled with peace, joy and contentment!
Do you know a fellow planner or someone who would benefit from becoming a good planner? If you do, forward this post their way. We can be planning gurus together!
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