Do you have many dreams you'd like to make come true? If there's so much you want to do but in reality, so little time to do it, the feeling of overwhelm itself can actually hold you back from accomplishing any of your major goals.
Have you noticed that solopreneurs and small business owners everywhere are talking about being overwhelmed these days? And everyone knows, whether consciously or subconsciously, that being overwhelmed is the mortal enemy of productivity.
Without a clear vision for the future, executive directors are doomed to making marginal changes that do not truly move their organizations forward. And without a bit of dreaming, it is difficult to create this vision.
I have taken pride in my ability to plan. Whether the plan is big (when and how to buy a house or get a graduate degree) or small (where and when to go on vacation and the details of what to do), planning plays to my strengths. Scope it out, write it down, follow the script.
This is part two of "How to Plan for Your Next Great Adventure." Part one dealt with figuring out your itinerary and finding the right price. In this follow up, we'll take a look at other things to consider (travel insurance and unexpected costs) as you prepare for your trip of a lifetime.
Having completed a round-the-world trip across 3 continents, 8 countries and 19 cities, and getting ready to hop around Latin America for a couple of months, I've learned a few "best practices" to make the planning phase smoother and less of a pull-your-hair-out experience.
When traditional systems falter and fail, new ideas spring to life. Little noticed by most observers, handholds on processes of potentially important new forms of change have been quietly developing around the country.
If used mindfully, the calendar is a wonderful tool with which you can measure your year before living it -- intentionally pacing yourself with a rhythm that suits and honors your life spiritually, mentally and physically.
In the same vein as any work of art, appreciate plans for what they are and leave room for spontaneous creativity. What initially strikes us as a violation of or departure from the grand plan may become the focal point of the next.
What determines how much I have to do? Peter Drucker, one of the finest business thinkers of the last century, said that as knowledge workers we define both our work and its results. This would imply that we somehow have control of what's to be done.
Practice does make perfect. Preciseness breeds preciseness. Preciseness bears excellence. We're halfway there, don't give up on your plan, don't let laziness and lack of attention foil your ability to organize and stick to it.
How do you plan for your day? Your week? Your month? Your year? For your business? For a particular project or departmental goal? For a company objective? Depending upon your job function, planning is most likely already a part of your work life.
I know asking for money can be uncomfortable; I know looking for board members or planning an institutional marketing effort can be time-consuming and challenging. But unless one acts on a board development, marketing or fundraising plan, the effort to develop it is wasted.
A personal master plan is much more than investment counseling or life insurance. It anticipates success rather than loss and plans for continued growth -- growth in skills necessary for prosperity and growth in realizing your own full potential.
We must take time for ourselves at the start of our day. This time will enable us to center ourselves and channel our focus. My morning routine consists of the following activities that give me a peaceful start to the day.
If your organization is suffering, try planning! You may find that things seem a lot brighter. And when we are happier with our prospects, this radiates to our ticket buyers, donors, board members and the press.