When I started this process in January, I never expected it to have such an impact on my life. This journey was to track my progress with my goals for the year, what I never expected was how much I would learn about myself during this process. I thought I had my organization and planning done to perfection, I am only now learning how to truly plan for success; it has been a journey of discovery and one that I am enjoying every day. There are some tantrums and anguish along the way and that is how you learn by your mistakes, frustrations before moving forward, sometimes it feels like a few backward steps but it is a learning process that I thought I knew, how wrong I was!
My Journey Plan For This Month
I wanted to make progress and to feel like I had achieved so much and there was nothing new to learn. However, the theory about making more detail plans is one thing but actually being able to do them in reality sometimes is more difficult than you can imagine.
I mapped out the goals that I wanted to achieve in each month to December, which was the easy part! Actually breaking these down got me complexed, the first few weeks of the month, I broke down the month into weeks to give me the big picture and then the idea is to break this further down into days. The problem I had, I was so overwhelmed I didn’t really know what to do and in the end, I wasn’t completing anything extra. I thought I had failed, failed at my planning and failed at my goals.
However, in truth, it just meant I hadn’t found the system that works for me, but I was also fighting the change and that is hard to deal with too. Why didn’t I want to change, to make progress towards my goals and to succeed? It doesn’t make sense that the person who is stopping me reach my goals is me! This has been the hardest lesson in this whole journey; I am constantly fighting myself for success. I worry about failing and yet I keep trying to sabotage my own efforts to succeed. This has made me realize that I need to ensure that I am not being destructive to my own goals, to have confidence in myself to go beyond my own expectations.
The System I Found That Is Working For Me
I have spent months reading about planning, how to take control of my day so I can head towards my goals and start achieving my dreams. The answer has been simple, to cut back on the amount the tasks each day and to give each task an over-estimated time for completion for each tasks. It allows me to have a spare few minutes to do the other things I need to do and it is working, I need to give this system more time and to see how it adapts over the coming weeks. It is more realistic as I will complete all the tasks and if extra time appears from collecting extra time allowance, I can pick some other task of my master to do list and to address this too.
Therefore, it is a shock at how this journey is giving me so much more than I could ever have imagined, it has made me look at how I work, how that has an effect on what I achieve and how much I have to learn about planning effectively to meet my goals by the end of the year.
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