Once you make the decision to start planning you will slowly start developing a system that suits your needs. It’s really important to be willing to adapt as you find out what your needs are. The only way planning can be helpful is if you actually, continuously plan.
The first step than is to not bite off more than you can chew. Start planning- in print or digital, whichever is more conducive to your lifestyle. Start with just your to-do list. And build from there.
Incorporate planning into your schedule in bite-sized chunks. If you go from never-having-planned-before to it-takes-an-hour-to-plan, it’s overwhelming and you won’t do it (see a theme here?).
Having a good space to plan is crucial. You do not need to have a designated place, though an office or desk would probably be super nice. It can be your kitchen table or the living room coffee table. The important thing is to have consistent area.This will help contribute to your consistency in planning. Plus, a pretty printable on the wall never hurt.
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 12: Rookie Mistakes in Planning
6. July 20: Favorite Planning Blogs
Emilie is an Army Wife, Data Engineer, and CrossFitter with a love for working through her thoughts in this space on the internet. She is a contributor to many open source projects including dbt, Meltano, and GitLab. She lives with her husband Casey, their son RJ, and their pup Bo in Columbus, GA.