It’s a good day for reflecting so I’m looking back at the goals I’ve set for myself for the year, the habits I hope to cultivate and the planning I’m doing in order to make it all happen.
I tend to think big. I’m a great idea person and brainstorming is like crack to me, I get so excited by the many possibilities and think I can and should be able to do it all. And maybe I can, just not all at the same time. So this year I’m writing down all those great ideas and then picking a few for the year and then, breaking it down even further, picking a few for the first quarter and then for the first month. From there it goes to daily and then hourly.
When I worked in the corporate world we called this making a plan for the plan. I used to laugh at it. We’d fly people in from all over the world and then we’d spend a week or two in one of the giant conference rooms making plans for the plans. We had giant pads of paper on easels around the room, maybe 20 of them, and each group would brainstorm around various topics then tear off the paper and tape it to the wall. Then they’d rotate to the next topic and another group would come in and brainstorm around the same topic the first group just did. Then we’d do it again, combining ideas, filtering them, moving them from group to group. We’d fine comb this several times until finally, at the end of a week or two we had a plan for the plan. A nice overview that the managers could take back to their team, plug into Microsoft Project, and begin to plan in more detail.
There’s a power in planning that I have rarely achieved in my creative life.
But this time, some lessons I’ve always known but rarely applied seem to be sticking. I made a huge dream list. I culled it for must-dos. I organized the list. I picked one project for the first quarter and then broke that project down into daily goals. Finish a rough draft in three months when my writing has been sporadic this last year sounded intimidating. Writing two poems a day for three months makes it sound doable.
So planning is working for me but I think it is working for me because I am making time for it.
Planning to plan. Planning to succeed. I like the sound of that.
Still working on the final tweaks of the plan but yes, it’s starting to feel doable which is HUGE.
It does have a great sound! 🙂
I did a bit of this today, and then… I even acted upon it! I made a list of local sci-fi/fantasy/comics conventions in the bay area, by date. Then added other West Coast events in grey type. Then another list of events that happen around my hometown, so that I can mix events with visiting family to optimize air fare costs. And then I started thinking about other types of events that would suit my weird work!
I wasn’t at the meeting, but it sounds like I was tuned in none-the-less!
Yay! Planning definitely takes work. It’s more efficient in the LONG run, but in the short run–whew! How is your new calendar/planning system working out? I’m still thinking of ordering it, because it keeps coming to mind. I need to find the link from back when and look it over again…You’re doing great, susan!
Sounds like you did accomplish a lot in spite of the difficulties. I love your poem reading a night. Reading poems together sounds fun – but difficult to organize? I don’t know — I’ll look forward to hearing how you might develop this idea!
Hope next week is better.