Tan Cape & Over Planning

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I enjoy planning pretty much everything! I have to say that this year I failed! I planned all these ideas about what I can do for Blogmas this year and imagined how amazing it was going to be.  Lack of time kept me from sharing these ideas with you which was a disappointed for me.  As time slipped away and I was missing out.

What I found is I wasn’t planning the time it takes to execute those ideas.  I call myself a planner procrastinator. I spend so much time planning things out, but then it leaves no time to actually do what I planned. Then, I begin planning on how to catch myself up so I am not behind. I also find that if you over plan you end up confused or overwhelmed, again causing the plan to fail.

The best advice is to keep things simple. First, before I add a bunch of fun things to the mix, I have to have the basics down. If I don’t know what I am going to be posting about (or have my post ready) for the month or week, that means I don’t have time to add fluff.

Scheduling is a necessity for me. On certain days I do certain things. Having that guideline about what I need to do keeps me on track. It also means I don’t spend hours planning what I need to do before actually doing it because I know what needs to be done.

I would love to hear from you all to see if you have the same issues with planning, or should I say, over planning, as I do.

 

Time Management

As you can guess, I have a lot going on and a lot of events coming up in the near future. A wedding, travel plans, and work that never stops. I wanted to share with you all how I manage my time to the best of my abilities. Honestly, I am not the best at managing time but, I would like to think I have been handling my time pretty well, so far things have work out. All and all, I wanted to share with you what I do to keep myself organized.


Write it down: I have noticed that when I write things down I tend to remember things better, even if I don’t go back and read my notes. I am not sure but I think there is some correlation with writing something down and memory, if not, it at least helps me to remember all that I have to do.

Keep a Calendar: Some people prefer to use the calendar on their phone and others like to have a hand written old school calendar. Personally I use both. When I am at work I like to pull up my google calender to see what I have going on. Also this is amazing because my friends send me invites to things we are doing. As far as writing things down, this year I decided to try out the Erin Condren Life Planner.


Commit: I hate commitment, but we all have responsibilities and obligations. I overcome this by telling myself if I write it down then I need to make it happen. This makes me accountable otherwise, I would probably flake on a lot my responsibilities.

Make a to do list: At the beginning of every morning (weekends too) I like to think about what needs to be done for that day and make a list. This can be a list of goals, or just things to do and I make sure by the end of the day I try to the best of my abilities to have all the items checked off.

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