Organize Your Attitude #8
It’s paralyzed us all.
We wait to start moving forward with our plans because we aren’t sure if we’re doing it right. We aren’t sure they will work. We aren’t sure we like the colors we picked.
We pull back and reformat the page or change the app we’re using. We make the list over again to ensure we didn’t miss anything.
We spend more time planning than doing the plan.
That’s perfectionism, and here is the solution:
To iterate means to perform repeatedly, to repeat a procedure, applying the result of the previous application to the next.
It’s technically a math term, but it applies beautifully to our busy lives at home which are so full of details and needs.
Don’t wait until the plan is perfect.
Just start with what you have, where you are.
Reserve time every week and every interval for evaluation, but in the midst of the day, just move forward with what you know. The perfect plan is not going to be as helpful as the plan you have in front of you, put into practice.
The day-to-day is for execution mode.
Planning mode is easier, it is less risky and messy. It can be a form of retreat, of hiding from obligation and responsibility.
Dive in, each day, to the responsibilities in front of you.
A plan will help. A better plan will help more. But doing an imperfect or partial plan will be better than scrapping or adjusting your plan.
Reserve times to amend the plan.
Instead of being in constant planning mode, reserve times for it. Then, when you are supposed to be adjusting your plan, you have some actually data and feedback to work with.
You know where your sticking points were.
You have a better idea how your life intersects with your plan.
And the plan that you make after that reflection will be much better, more applicable, more individual, because you spent some time “trying out” an imperfect plan rather than waiting until you had everything ironed out.