Planning is a way, not a destination

Yesterday’s results

  • I created a planning for the rest of this month
  • I got my planned filing done
  • I stuck to the planned time boxes (15 minutes for planning, 15 minutes for filing)
  • I enjoyed my planned reward

From the over-abundant use of the word plan in these four lines, you can concluded that I’m very relieved that I finally made it: to create a planning and stick to it.

What worked well?

  1. Planning in a time box of 15 minutes worked like a charm. I was aiming at getting the planning done, and didn’t get stuck in endless maybe’s, but’s and what if’s.
  2. I planned a time limit that was small enough to leave me energy after I’d finished it, and big enough to make me feel happy about how much I’d got done.
  3. I liked that it was just 15 minutes. It soothed my fear of doing too much and getting exhausted. It also soothed my fear of doing too little: 15 minutes today, 15 minutes tomorrow., etc. Small but steady works, as I learned from Less Stuff.
  4. I managed to let my inner child do the painting. She simply enjoyed to play with the materials and didn’t care about the result. I felt satisfied and relaxed within 45 minutes.
  5. I even created a limit for how long I want to work on these blog post (45 minutes maximum).

What worked less well?

  • I’m can’t remember if I really finished the planning, or just finished those 15 minutes.
  • I had promised myself to make a list of activities that I need to get done to get my planned result. I chose another chore this morning, because I really felt like doing, not like thinking.

My inner critic would like to tell me off for not sticking to my plan. My inner adult shrugs when she hears this. She reminds me that a planning is a way to get something done, not a goal in itself. The planned result is my destination, and I worked towards that.

The values I wrote down yesterday were honesty, personal growth, family and fun. My decision to postpone making a list of activities until tomorrow, is in line with those. I was honest with myself about really not wanting to do this today. It’s personal growth to let my inner adult run the show instead of the inner critic. I need to save some energy for later today, because my son comes home from school at 12.30 PM. Since my active, concrete chore didn’t drain me, I have energy left for some fun. Probably more painting.

#NaBloPoMo day 15

6 thoughts on “Planning is a way, not a destination

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  2. TooFullToWrite

    I think the 15 minute rule is a wonderful tool. I used to ignore it when I was learning the guitar and to this day, I still regret not implementing it (I’ve still not learned to play guitar but I will organise something soon to do it properly in the near future). Even in our busy lives, if we can’t spare 15 minutes a day (minimum) for something that we either love or is extremely important to us then we have to look at whether we are spending too much time on other unnecessary pursuits or procrastination and find/loot the time from there.

    If you managed to create a plan, even if you have to alter it or reject it, it still counts as progress, as you can get to decide if the plan is right for you or if you need to take action in some other way. It can act as a perfect catalyst to get things running smoothly for the next day. The problem lies on if you create fifty plans day after day and don’t move forward with any of them. Then you are planning to fail ๐Ÿ™‚ Still enjoying this series and the progress you made throughout the month ๐Ÿ™‚

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