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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Make A Plan

Hmm, how many of you have made a plan this week?

I used to do it all the time, and it worked very well. Then for no reason I stopped. Skipped a few weeks, then a few more, and before I knew it, I'd dropped the habit. I'm annoyed with myself, as I've proved I'm not as productive. I'm getting back to it this week.

Yesterday, I took myself off to a comfy spot, kicked off my shoes, ordered a pot of tea and a slice of Lemon Drizzle, and jotted down my plans for the next seven days. I wrote everything, that I hope to accomplish this week, in a nice new notebook. It's all down in black and white.

Not just my writing goals though, I've also included my relaxation and exercise too. Even deadlines are written down, such as what day of the week I need to have done stuff by. And thats it.

What I'm going to try and keep in mind is that it's important to stay focused on what's in front of you at any one time.

We'll see how I get on.


16 comments:

  1. Good luck with your planning. I make a list of things to do every morning. Unfortunately I am forever carrying items forward, especially those tasks that I dislike. Every so often those tasks eg clean windows get put to the top of the list otherwise they don't get done. However if the sun shined, the list is abandoned!

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    1. Hi, I can identify with your method, and how some stuff slips to the back of the queue.

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  2. I love lemon drizzle cake :) Sounds like a great plan, Maria. I also lose focus when I don't plan and just drift from one thing to another, not accomplishing much at all. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Hope you get it all done Nicola :-)

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  3. I do love a new notebook. And lemon drizzle cake as it happens. I tend to write a list for the week's writing in my diary. Then if things get a bit more urgent I stick a Post-It note with the urgent stuff on top. Then in the kitchen there's another list or two... I've happily just crossed two things off the Post-It note though. I'm wondering if I should be a bit more streamlined.

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    1. CJ, if it works why change it? :-) Good luck with your lists.

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  4. Y'know, I've done the same thing. Didn't realise how much everything slides if I don't have a plan written down week by week. I must get back to doing the same. I have an old diary lying around that I'm sure will be up for the job. :)

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    1. Yes indeed we must get organised.

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  5. Great post, Maria - it's always good to have a plan - and lemon drizzle cake, you can't have too much of that :-) xx

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    1. Actually Teresa, I'm guilty as charged of eating far too much cake recently. It's an addiction I constantly struggle with... ;-)

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  6. There must be something in the air, Maria, because this very day I've bought myself a shorthand notebook, drawn margines and written the date. I'd got into the habit of using scraps of paper and was in danger of missing something crucial. Never forget, though, that the best laid plans of mice and men are filed away somewhere.

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    1. Hi Julia, I agree, it is hard to do, but you have to give it a go...

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  7. My diary is essential for planning what free time I have each week, Maria, and I will list the essential things that need to be done, then work my way through, so I can fit in my writing on the busy weeks.

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    1. Yep! I'm much the same now Carol...Go Girl Go!

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  8. Like you, I stopped doing this, Maria, but you've inspired me to take a look at writing down my plans again - that's the theory anyway!

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    1. Go for it Rosemary, and see how you get on...

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