Planning sounds simple, but it’s often not. Particularly when no one has shared the Planning Basics with you.
Alexandria Blaelock, designer of Ms Blaelocks’s Monthly Planning Calendar says, “We often think getting stuff done is just a matter of motivation. But without the planning basics in place, you won’t get anything done.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for planning basics:
- Know the difference between projects and tasks: A task is a single activity. A project is a string of tasks. For example, to prepare a hot drink, you perform a set of tasks from filling the kettle, to getting your ingredients, to bringing them together, to cleaning up after yourself.
- Motivation gets you started: Motivation is generally a momentary impulse that gets you started – without it, there wouldn’t be a hot drink.
- Starting does not guarantee finishing: If you don’t build up enough momentum to carry you through to the end, it’s really easy to quit and walk away from the cooling kettle.
- Events can be tasks or projects: Events can be tasks (e.g., a phone call, though that’s not always simple), or projects (e.g., consider all the tasks that go into getting to the dentist. Or holding a party).
- If there’s more than one task, make a plan: Think about how you’re going to get from start to finish, and complete the tasks in order.
Alexandria’s tips on planning basics will help you start and finish your multitask projects.
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