Plan, but not too much

Ready… Aim… Aim… Aim… Aim… FIRE ALREADY, will ya?

While planning is a good thing, over-planning and obsessing are not.  Many people use planning and organizing as an excuse to not have to take action. This may or may not be intentional.

Sure you don’t want to be irresponsible, but sooner or later you just need to do whatever it is you have been planning. Whether it is starting a business, inviting friends for dinner, or having a baby, all the planning in the world won’t make it happen if you don’t take action.

You have planned, you have considered the obstacles, you know the ropes, you have the resources ready, just pull back and let that arrow fly!

If you plan too long, that planning then becomes procrastination. And then you plan and procrastinate some more.

Sometimes we need to snap out of the complacency of today and move our butts towards what we want for tomorrow.

This was written by my friend Britt. You can read more of her post at In Pursuit of Happiness

Here are a few ways to help you let that arrow fly:

  • See where you want to be.
  • Decide the steps needed to get you there.
  • Set some deadlines.
  • Broadcast those deadlines, whether it is to your customers, your associates or your family.
  • Take one teeny step towards your dream.
  • And then take another.

Even if you can’t see the end picture yet, or don’t have all the details worked out, get moving anyway! It is much easier to steer a moving ship!

There is a free tool to help you do the little things each day to help you reach your goals. You can get more details about it here: irunurun

“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.” ~ Ivan Turgenev

What thing have you been aiming at forever? What is the first step you need to take?

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

7 comments to Plan, but not too much

  • I’ve been guilty of this. My one? Starting to invest. I just can’t seem to take the plunge, although this is probably a good thing right about now.

  • Plan but not too much! Your title says it all. I think the problem with most folks (including yours truly) is an endeavor to control things that might as well be totally beyond control. I guess aiming for perfection right from start is not a good idea (I have been guilty of this many times). To start and then improvise intelligently is the real essence. As of course, is to learn from any past failures.
    Amanda Gordon recently posted..Backpack Vacuum CleanersMy Profile

  • Awesome post. I needed to hear this today! Thanks so much!

  • Such good advice! It’s easy to mistake fears of taking action for careful planning. Procrastination for me always signals somethings up. Just do it!
    Sarah recently posted..Drink And Be Merry: Water Drinking Benefits You Don’t Want To Miss Out OnMy Profile

  • I am so extra guilty of this. What should I be doing right now? Working on my book proposal. Among other things. Thanks for the encouragement and little push.
    Petula recently posted..Magnetic nail polishMy Profile

  • Broadcasting the deadline is the BEST way for me to stay on task. If other people expect me to do something, I do it. If I only expect it of myself, well…

    My whiteboard is a mean reminder of those nagging obligations for which I set my own deadline.
    Kim Tracy Prince recently posted..Sh*t I Say: “My Bad”My Profile

  • There are a couple of things that work for me, first, tell someone else what you are doing to help keep yourself accountable. Another step is to turn off the distractions. Block off time for the task, and do not answer the phone or email during that time frame. Last, set deadlines (times/dates) and stick to them.

    If you fail to complete the task, make sure it is made a priority, never let it go half-finished. But, do not beat yourself up over it either!