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Planning Series: 3 Rookie Mistakes in Planning

July 12, 2015
AUTHOR: Emilie
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At 22 years old, I’ve been planning regularly for six years now. That doesn’t mean I’m an expert, but I would call the experience under my belt significant. Along the way, I’ve learned a couple of tips that I’d love to share with you.

1. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

I’m super guilty of this, but I am consciously working towards getting better. It’s really easy to want to implement a new method of organization in a big chunk. Baby steps, though, are much more effective. Instead of buying a planner AND decorating it AND tracking everything in it, adjust just one part of your fay. For example, keep your to-do list in one place, instead of all over.

2. Trying to be someone else.

You need to find your own planning style. Following planning blogs or planning Instagram accounts can be really exciting. It’s always really nice to find great inspiration, but you cannot try to be them. You need to figure out what style of planning and decorating will work for you. You are unique. Your life and your obligations are unique. So too, your planning style must be.

3. Planning your planning.

I have seen people get so worked up about planning that they never actually start planning. Remember that the point of planning is to make you more organized and efficient. If you’re spending more time planning how you’re going to plan than actually planning, take that as a red flag that something isn’t right.

This is part of a Createyou86’s Soar Into Summer Planning Series that I am co-hosting. You can meet my two other co-hosts here and here. Stay tuned for the rest of the series!

Past Posts and Future Posts:
1. June 20: The Importance of Planning
2. July 2: How I Plan
3. July 6: Etsy Wishlist
4. July 9: Using Stickers Effectively
5. July 16: Continuous Planning
6. July 20: Favorite Planning Blogs

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Emilie is a data engineer by day and lifestyle blogger by night. A Jersey girl at heart, she is currently living in her fifth home in three years, Savannah, GA with her college sweetheart. She’s learned the hard way that home is wherever the Army sends them. She enjoys eating food, cuddling with her dog, and binge watching HGTV.