Getting from Here to There
Whether you want to call them goals, or resolutions, or just plain stuff we have to do, we all have things that need to get done.
And I don’t know about you, but in my house, that means I have to do them.
Figure it out, get it done.
But how do you get from here to there, especially when you’re trying to do something a little more complicated than making toast?
You Need a Plan
A plan gets you from here to there, hopefully in the least possible steps and as easily as possible.
But making plans isn’t always easy for us.
Well, maybe that’s not quite true.
Making plans is one thing and executing them is another.
We can often be overwhelmed by things, have trouble prioritizing, and if I had a nickel for every time I’ve started something and not finished it – well, I wouldn’t be sitting here in the cold in Indiana.
3 Steps: Build Your Plan
Since we’re talking about plans and getting things done, let’s talk about something concrete and specific, to make it easier to understand.
Since it’s January, let’s talk about summer, and vacation plans.
Now, let’s say you’re wide open when it comes to this vacation. It could be anywhere, anytime. (Although these same steps would still apply if you knew exactly where you were going and when.)
So – you have lots of decisions to make. Where to begin?
This is where the 3 steps come in:
- Break it down into smaller steps
- Put the steps in order
- Schedule them in your planner
Sounds easy, right?
It really is. The hardest part will be putting things in order, because that’s about prioritizing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it.
Work the Plan
OK. so you’re going on vacation. You have decisions to make.
You might want to start a list.
Where to go and when.
Where will you stay?
What will you do when you get there?
How will you get there?
Maybe some internet research needs to be done.
Once you have all of your questions out of your head, take a look.
Most of your decisions can’t be made until you decide where you’re going. That has to be step #1.
And look at you! You’re prioritizing!
Once you have your destination picked, the cost of going there might depend on when you’re going. Or maybe the weather might come into play in deciding when.
Once you have these things sorted out according to importance, you can put them into your planner so that they actually get done. Or you could use a Trello board. That would work too! (I just really like Trello.)
Now I realize that there are actually far more than 3 steps here, but that’s because you’re breaking down your big task into smaller, bite sized tasks that fit under the 3 steps. That way, it becomes manageable and doable, and you get to go on vacation!