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You (OK, I) Need a Plan

November 14, 2017

“You need a plan, or you’re always going to feel like you’re not doing enough.”
—Eric Barker

Ahhh planning.

We’ll file that under, Things You Know You Should Do But Don’t.

I’ve always been pretty good at day-to-day planning by using to-do lists and calendars to manage the stuff I need to get done (I cannot and do not want to remember life before Todoist), and I love big picture planning. I love writing lists of things I’d like to do or accomplish in the next couple of years.

Which is great! But the issue is that all my planning is either happening at the things-I-need-to-do-this-week level or the things-I-want-to-do-this-life level. There is no in-between.

I’m not stepping back to see how my day-to-day is supporting my big goals or looking at my big goals to see how I could break them into manageable daily steps.

Until last month, that is!

I’ve actually started planning. Real, legitimate, quarterly and monthly planning.

I am now an adult. Give me my badge. Thanks.

I signed up for these monthly planning parties run by Kathryn at Modern Planner. It’s a live group call and she takes us through a framework—let’s nail down your priorities, your obligations, what has and hasn’t been working for you, what needs to change, etc., sort of thing. She helps us figure out how to find our ideal workflow (some people do well with their days scheduled out, some people find that entirely overbearing) so that we’re creating that in-between. We’re doing the work that matters to us and building the life we actually want.

It’s too soon to say with any real confidence what’s working for me and what isn’t, but it’s definitely the reason I got Tracing Threads back up and running after months (nearly a year…) of putting it off. Looking at the last quarter of the year as a whole helped me get real clear on my priorities… What do I have to do so that I don’t ring in another New Year without having taken a step towards ______?

Pretty cool and I’m excited to see where it takes me.

I’ll keep you updated.


Photo taken along Dundas West in Toronto last week on one of my “venture” days. Better believe that’s part of my planning, too.

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