For weeks now, I have been avoiding my planner like the plague. I came to a point where I was writing in it, making a plan but then I wouldn’t pick it back up again until I felt like I needed to clear my mind. Little did I know, chaos would ensue. Last week, I found myself in tears because I was overwhelmed and felt like I had nowhere to put my thoughts, even with the stacks of notebooks and planners that I keep. But wasn’t that my problem?
Below are some mistakes and solutions I’ve collected, in hopes that if you are in the same spot I am or find yourself there one day, you too will know how to dig yourself out of it.
I didn’t write EVERYTHING down.
Let’s face it, I’m in my thirties, I work a full time career and juggle a house of two people going to school and we all have extra circulars….I NEED TO DOCUMENT EVERYTHING, ALL THE TIME!!!
Write down, even the small things, all the time. Carry a pen and small pad of paper in my bag to “take notes” throughout my day. Every night, meet with my master planner and notate anything that must go in there.
I have too many tasks.
So, what I am saying is that I am the worst at delegating. I hope my husband doesn’t read this, he might be right. ;) In all seriousness, I have a complex with letting others do for me when I know I am capable too. I see you nodding your head like, me too. I see you.
Focus on the top three things that I know I will be able to accomplish that day. Yes, only three. The rest of it, I need to either delegate or delete it.
I have no white space.
White space=extra time, extra time=room for breathing.
Say no. Say no to those things that really do not make an impact of a difference on my day. Open up white space so that I can stay a little longer or just sit in peace and just be.
I am not learning from the things that didn’t work in the past.
I find myself on this vicious cycle of doing to same crap over and over with my productivity. Then, wouldn’t you know it? I have a melt down and think that everything in life is just terrible.
Keep track of the mistakes. When I feel myself slipping into those moments of not looking after I plan, or not writing everything down, I am committing to document when that happens to hopefully find a solution.
I have no planning routine.
I always say that I am going to do it on Sunday but then Sunday comes around and I find myself prepping so many other things for the week that it often gets pushed off. Or, when I do plan on Sunday, I don’t set a time during the week to revisit it.
Set a weekly day /time that allows me quiet (thank you white space) to get creative with my planner and plan the week. THEN set another date to revisit with my little notebook. I think it would be best if I set alarms on my phone and gave myself that time.
So there you have it. I am admitting that I have a few problem areas when it comes to planning and productivity. But, like everything else in life, when I notice I have a problem, I think of solutions to always propel my forward and more importantly, be intentional about fixing them.
What are your struggles when it comes to planning/productivity?