SO056: When Planning Feels Like a Waste of Time

Season 10: Planner Pep Talks

The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner.

Get access to the whole workshop, the chat replay, and more here:

Planners That Work Workshop




There are all kinds of ways to do planning, to have a planner, to use a planner. Different things will work for different people and different things will work for the same person at different times. So, we’re going to share some ideas and try to help each other to figure out what is working and what isn’t working with our planning system.

The key to having a planner that works is being able to customize it to what we need. How many times have you tried to use someone else’s planner and had the boxes or the question not work for you? You thought that this format that worked for other people, that someone really smart put together, should work and if it didn't, the problem was probably you.

Other people's planners for sale have questions, boxes to fill in, menu plan sections - you start filling it in and you feel like you spend way too much time planning, or it’s just not the right fit, it just doesn’t click. It feels like a waste of time, and who wants to waste time?

Not all planning time is a good use of time. We can waste our time planning. But, if we start going into that pattern of thinking where we say that all planning, or any time spent planning is a waste of time, or any planner is a waste of time, then we can guarantee they won't work for us. We won't use our planner in a good way because we’re coming at it with a bad attitude.

So, we’re going to look at planning and the different ways to go about it, to make sure our planning is not a waste of time.

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