If I don’t plan how I am going to be shipping, I know that most likely, it won’t get done. I used to think that I could just put things off, and do it when I felt I had the time to deal with it. Or I could just put things off and do it when it was important enough. I know now, that this is not how it works.
I need to plan, and create a strategy of what I’m going to do, and I need to have a plan on how to reach the finish line. I plan my projects, and I plan my blog posts. I try to plan as much as possible. Sometimes, I don’t plan, but that’s also part of the plan.
One of my goals is to always be shipping. And, this is exactly what happened when I launched the vegetarian festival, and it was what happened when I published my two books:
I was going to do my best work possible, but no matter what, I was going to make it happen – nothing was going to stop me. That’s why things happen in my world.
I plan what I say yes to
One of the first things I needed to stop doing, was to say yes to everything. I really enjoy saying yes, and helping other people has been one of my main goals. But, when I say yes, it means that I am really saying no to whatever I was planning to do. Soon, after I launched my business as a solopreneur, I realized that I needed to have specific dreams and goals, and I needed to find ways to reach them – and everything should be based on working on what I was really passionate about.
When people ask me to do something, I look at my dreams and my goals, and the first thing I as myself is if I am saying yes, will it help me reach my dreams and goals? The other thing I have started doing, is that I add specific times during the week when I can be working on things not directly related to my dreams and goals.
I plan my days in details
The first thing I do every Monday morning, is to plan the week. I look at my calendar, and I look at my projects and all the tasks I need to prioritize. I plan as much as possible, both work, personal and family. I add my most important things to the calendar first. But, I only add time and date specific things to the calendar, everything else is added to Omnifocus.
I plan my quiet time
I have thought a lot about shutting my phone off, while I am working on something creative. And, I really think that I should be doing that more. I’m more creative and effective, when I don’t think about other things. On the other hand, I’m all alone, and I feel that I need to be there for my clients when they need me, not when I feel that I have the time for them.
That’s why I plan my quiet time. Usually, I go for a long walk, when I need to think different about things. And, usually I use the pomodoro technique and I check the phone when I am on a break. So, I have quiet time in chunks of 25 minutes.
That’s it. This is easy to remember, and the system works great for me. I plan what I say yes to, I plan every part of my day using my calendar (iCal) and Omnifocus, and I plan my quiet time, the time when I really need to be alone.