I’m reading an interesting book called Fast Minds, by Craig Surman, MD & Tim Bilkey, MD. It’s a self-help book for folks with ADHD or who think they may have ADHD. This morning I came across a couple of sentences I want to share with you.
“ We want to reiterate here that we feel one of the most important times to protect in life is planning time. Without stepping outside the busyness of the day-to-day activities to review responsibilities and actively plan to meet them, we are perpetually left in a reactive, crisis management, disorganized pattern.”
I couldn’t agree more! I spend a LOT of time working with my clients helping them understand the importance of creating time and space for planning in their lives. Life happens. Do you want it to happen with some direction from you, or do you want it to just keep happening to you?
Without time blocked out for and committed to planning, you are much more likely to end up in the reactive – “life happens” mode. Planning will allow you to shift to a proactive mode. My clients who have been most successful with their productivity coaching are those individuals who have made and kept their commitment to planning. These folks have worked to find the time of day / day of the week that works best for them for planning. They have also experimented with and decided upon means of capturing tasks, both actual and potential. Are their systems perfect? No. Are they constantly working to improve them, by learning from their mistakes? You bet they are!
One client’s planning time is scheduled in on Google calendar at least twice weekly. Another has identified her best planning time as being in the morning after her yoga class. I do my best planning first thing in the morning when my brain is fresh, using my calendar, my inboxes and my current task trackers, Toodledo and Trello. The keys to effective planning are finding the day and time of day that works best for you, the best tools for you and then following through with your plan.
What works for you planning-wise? What’s your routine? What are your tools? Please share and inspire others.