I learned the hard way that you can't always get things exactly as you plan. In fact I still don't get it. By nature, I am a planner. I love to make plans. I have big business growth plans, to my meditation plan, down to planning out how I am going to clean and organize my closet!
I love planning tools too. There was a time when I had so many planners, I couldn't keep track of all my plans. Though that crazy multiple planners phase has passed, I still plan out all sorts of things in my ONE journal. And though I have these amazing plans, it has become clearer and clearer that not everything goes according to plan.
I have learned to embrace and celebrate accomplishing the goal. Whether it went according to plan becomes irrelevant for the most part. I also learned that it is still VERY important to plan and planning is my NUMBER ONE time saving strategy. I'll tell you why.
Planning usually means taking thoughts down either on paper or typing them out. When you take your thoughts and write or type them out, it is the first step in making them tangible. You are in some ways making that thought tangible by physically writing it down or typing out. There is something VERY powerful about that. Something about taking thoughts and making them concrete. Your thoughts aren't merely words floating around in your brain...they start to become reality.
This is a reason I highly recommend journaling and physically writing down your plans. Because, when you write something down, you don't have to push your brain to recall it out of the enormous amount of information your brain processes on a daily basis. You make it easy and fast to recall and access information when you write it down. Second,
Planning helps you map out your path to attaining whatever it is you are planning for. Whether it's your new workout plan or your business growth plan, you need a map to navigate and reach your destination. Your destination for your workout plan could be more flexibility or more muscle tone. For your business growth plan, it could mean more customers or entering a new market. You don't usually know exactly how to get there, and there are usually MULTIPLE ways to get there, so mapping it out also gives you some direction so you aren't trying everything and doing so much that you get exhausted and give up. When you have a written plan, you can also share with it someone that can give you advice on whether your map is accurate, or if you need to "re-route" or revise your plan.
A map can help you save a massive amount of time. If you are doing all sorts of workouts, that don't actually help with flexibility, but let's say you added strength training, and lifting to your routine, then you are expending energies on workouts that aren't necessarily getting you to your goal of becoming more flexible. Someone can see that and point that out to you. Also,when you first map out your plan, you will do research to make sure you are including all the right things in your plan. You only really do this work of researching and sharing when you start writing your plan out.
Now, I opened this article with the fact that even the best laid plans don't always go as planned, because I truly believe that you don't truly always know the best way to attain your goals and achieve success. There is reason your plans do go the way you want. It's because everything in life is a learning experience. If everything always went according to plan you wouldn't grow. Especially if your plan is made up of things you already know. The hiccups and diversions in our plan are what challenge us, get us to think differently and ultimate grow into something better than we could ever imagine.
There is a line from a poem written by David Whyte "What you can plan is too small for you to live." In order for something BIG to happen, you must be willing to abandon the plan and go with the what you are being faced with. So, write down the plan, share the plan, then abandon any attachment to that plan. Save time, live big.