I am guilty of over-planning. I over plan almost everything…from projects I am working on to our weekly meals. Some may think it is because I like to have the control–but in reality it is because I like to figure out the puzzle of unexpected events or situations arising.
And as I like to be prepared for the unexpected I make tons of lists. Lists of books I’ve read, book to read, grocery lists, meal plans, budgets, instructions for projects and lists and lists of ideas. I like to plan ahead and to be ready for the what ifs.
Some of my friends who know of my list making think I am amazing (I tend to agree with that)…but there are a few who think I am too organized and doubt that I can accomplish as much as I do.
I think it may be their envy speaking or their wish to be more organized themselves or to simply have a desire to want to accomplish more in their own lives.
I have to say that I do get a great deal of things done in my home, at work, and in my hobbies because I am organized and do make lists to keep on top of things. After all these years I think my success in this is because I can work on different things each day and move my goals forward–whatever they may be.
This is how I do it: I break my projects into small workable tasks and I keep moving through the tasks day after day–time permitting–until they are finished. As other tasks come up I can weave them into my days without disrupting my responsibilities or my objectives.
I’ve been doing this for a very long time–I hate to think how long, as I remember being this way in high school and college–with my school tasks. (And that was well over 30 years ago!)
When I look back over this time, I am grateful and proud of all I have accomplished so far and am very excited of all the years ahead of me to plan, and to create, and to accomplish so much more.
So many people give up so early in life and stop trying to accomplish–whatever it is they dream of accomplishing. They live their lives going through the motions and staying in the same place–never advancing or learning or wanting to change and advance.
But for us over planners–we sometime do try to do too much each day–the long lists in my planner are certainly proof of that. And if we don’t check off all our “to-dos” we feel we are not enough. I am here to tell you that we are enough. Sometimes tasks, however small, can lead you to something bigger.
People often over estimate what can be completed or accomplished in a small amount of time and under estimate what can be accomplished over the long term.
Keep moving forward. You are enough!