Member Update: The Toll of Over-planning

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I’m an over-planner.

I always think I can (should) get more done in a day than is reasonable or even possible.

If I take on a project or set a goal, I immediately start expanding the scope of work in my own head. (If I’m going to work out three times a week, wouldn’t five be better?)

I do this almost unconsciously.

And — here’s the hard thing — it is part of why I get as much done as I do.

But it’s also, simultaneously, a reason why I don’t get more of the non-urgent, important projects done — those things I want to do for me.

On my recent trip, I got to see the impact of my over-planning in completely different circumstances. We were in another country, excited to see as much as we could, and so we started planning our days. We were good about taking into account drive times, stops for meals, and how much time we might want to spend at different locations. We were not good about considering detours (both intentional and unintentional) or the desire to linger at some sites longer than expected.

It made for a couple of disappointing days where we skimmed by a few things we really would have liked to have seen more of… and missed a few things entirely.

But we adjusted and started planning our days to focus on one main thing. If we finished and had time left over, we had something else on deck to do, but nothing that would leave us feeling disappointed if we missed it.

Since getting back into work, I’ve been trying to bring this approach to my work schedule. Normally, I look at all the projects and commitments I have and attempt to make some progress on each one each day.

For the most part, this works. But, I find that when I pick three projects and schedule a longer block of time to work on each one, I have more fun… and I seem to be getting more done in less time. So that’s something to consider.

Objectively, I know when it comes to scheduling, less is more. But it’s hard to stick to because there’s a tendency to start worrying about what you’re not doing.

The good news is that when you do stick to it, it really does pay off.

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Heather Robson

Heather Robson

Managing editor of Wealthy Web Writer, Heather has over ten years of content marketing and development experience.

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