I have seen poor planning trip up my Creative Genius clients again and again. I want to prevent you from losing precious time to our “drive to do more” as an unwitting victim of poor planning.
Here are 3 signs you could be a victim of poor planning:
First, you are crazy busy all day, every day.
We are all under pressure to increase productivity. We need to get more done, to deliver more, to perform better. Since no one has offered more hours in a day, this turns into a constant drive to work faster.
When you can’t work any faster, you start working longer. You start work earlier. You keep working later. Even when you’re with your family, your mind in on work.
Second, your To Do list has become a To Do BOOK!
Do you try to increase your productivity with a To Do list? As it grows longer, do you start keeping lists of lists? Do you have post-it’s reminding you about your To Do’s, because your To Do list is so long, if you add an item, it could be years before you see it again?
Third, you haven’t planned a vacation!
It’s summer. You should be planning a much-needed break! But if you don’t know if you can take a vacation this year, poor planning is robbing you of precious time. Not time at work. Time at the cottage. Time with your family. Time with your kids.
If you find yourself wondering if you can take time away from your work, poor planning is robbing you of the most precious time – time to spend with your family and friends. So, you be the judge. Are you a victim of poor planning?
Stop Being a Poor Planning Victim
If you are, don’t worry. It’s not too late! You can turn things around. All you have to do is to commit to planning. Start small. Make a plan, and deliver on that plan. How?
Block out one hour on your agenda tomorrow. Set aside that time to do something you want to do. It can be work – but it can only be work you choose. Protect that hour. Guard that hour. Tell people you’re not available. Lock your door, turn off email, hide if you have to. Then, when it’s time, do the thing you planned to do.