You have got a goal. You want to achieve something. What do you do? You make a plan, right? That’s what experts advise us to do: Break the whole project down into baby steps. Write down everything that you have to do in order to achieve your goal. Then follow through.
I did make plans like that many, many times.
For example, I once created document with baby steps for improving my music career – this document easily filled 10 pages (and I used a small font size).
Also, there were many times where I wrote down detailed to do lists for each day or week.
This is what happened to these plans: They never got executed.
Here is why:
Every time I sat down and looked at a detailed plan that contains a dozen of items, it was like I got paralyzed. It didn’t matter that the big steps were broken down into baby steps – the breaking down made it even worse because it looked like it was even more work. Naturally, procrastination mode had to set in as a self-defense mechanism.
Also, every time I sat down and looked at detailed plans like this, I got terribly un-excited. How boring if you know exactly what you’re gonna do! This was especially a problem when I made plans that were supposed to last several weeks or months. Sometimes I created plans where I literally broke down everything I had to do every day in order to succeed with my goals. These were the plans the lasted the shortest. I couldn’t even start to become motivated with these kind of plans. Who wants to have a life where everything is already decided? Thank you, dear procrastination, for saving me from this kind of life!
This is was what I learned over time: You’re plans are not going to be as smart as you thought they were. And even if you tweak your plans: There are probably a gazillion better ways to achieve your goal that you’re not even thinking about right now – but you’re never gonna know when you’re spending all your time following a fixed plan. When you’re interacting with real life and real people, you will get new ideas and inspiration for your goals all the time. Too bad when you’re already too busy to take these chances.
Are your plans turning out to be overwhelming, boring and not as smart as you thought they would be? Maybe planning everything in detail isn’t the right choice for you. I needed years in order to learn this. How long are you going to stick to methods that don’t serve you?
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