31 Dec Planning Mistakes to Avoid
If you want to be more productive, then you need to start planning! Let’s be good stewards of the time God has given us and avoid these common planning mistakes! Ever heard the saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”? There’s some definite truth in that!
Planning Mistake #1: Not Using the Right Tools
The bottom line is: Digital is king.
A few reasons to switch to a digital calendar and task manager:
- Syncs automatically across your devices
- Easy to make changes
- Simple to add recurring events
- Add notes to events and even addresses
- Plus, you always have your phone
- No more white-out
Apps I recommend:
- Digital Calendar: Google Calendar
- Cozi Calendar: Home Management App
- The Thriving Mom Club: Productivity & Time Management
- What I Use for Task Management: Todoist
Planning Mistake #2: Allowing Other People’s Plans to Take Precedence Over Your Own
Have you ever made plans and then changed them for someone else? Like, maybe you had plans to work on your online business and a friend calls you up and wants you to go to the movies with her.
When we allow other people’s plans to take precedence over our own, what’s the point of planning?
It’s okay to be flexible, but we also need to plan for obstacles. Remember that friend who wanted you to go to the movies? You can simply say, “I can’t tonight, but how about next Friday?”
Then you get the best of both worlds.
On the same note, it’s okay to not answer emails or texts right away. Start to see those as other people putting their plans ahead of yours. You can answer the emails, but do it on your schedule.
Planning Mistake #3: Not following through on your plans
We’re all been there.
We’ve made plans and then we didn’t do them.
The cure for this planning mistake is to keep your calendar at the front of your mind. Look over your calendar every morning. Set up an email to be sent to you with that day’s agenda.
The second solution for this planning mistake is to have integrity with yourself.
Be someone who does what they say they’re going to do. When you plan something, follow through.
Planning Mistake #4: Vague Planning
This mistake really boils down to not planning time to plan. Not being clear with your plans.
Here’s the solution:
Plan what you’ll accomplish not what you’ll be doing.
If you’re at work, don’t just write “Work” in your calendar, plan what you’ll be doing. For instance write in your planner: 2-3pm complete 3 sales pages, file paperwork.
If you are planning exercise don’t just write “Exercise” instead, plan “3 sets of 35 squats” etc.
If you’re planning housework, instead of planning “clean house” write down “vacuum, dust, clean upstairs bathroom” and then you’ll spend less time thinking about what to do and actually accomplish more!
Learn More In Depth Planning Techniques in the Thriving Mom Club
Pro tip: It’s helpful to calendar block first! Calendar blocking is all about segmenting your calendar into blocks for specific tasks. Think class periods in high school where you focus on one topic at a time.
In the Thriving Mom Club, I actually take you into my personal planning process.
I start with calendar blocking, then incorporate my tasks list. There’s a video in TMC where I actually record my screen and take you behind the scenes to show you what I do to sync to tasks to my calendar.
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