Yesterday was a tough day for planning. I tried – I really did – but it just didn’t work out. And truthfully – sometimes that’s just the way it goes. It doesn’t mean I failed. It doesn’t mean my planner failed. It was just one of those days!
However, analysis is always good! So after analyzing my day, here are some of my observations – both good and bad!
- I didn’t make my list the night before like I usually do. I ran out of time and had to make choices. My to-do list was not one of them. In retrospect, it should have been. I believe there’s a quote somewhere about how a few minutes of planning can save a bunch of time later. I think that would have been the case for me yesterday.
- And to make matters worse, I stayed in bed longer than I should have. With the crazy schedule and long to-do list I ended up with, I could have really used a little extra time. In fact, an extra hour could have made a HUGE difference. Of course, since I didn’t make my to-do list until after I slept in and finally got up, I wouldn’t have know that, would I?!
- I planned too tightly given the nature of my tasks. I had one of those days that was dependent on other people. For example, my 4-year-old grandson was originally coming over at 12:00 but ended up coming about 10:30. When his mom, my daughter-in-law, dropped him off, she came in and we chatted a little bit. I hadn’t planned on that.
Then my in-laws planned to drop by about 11:30 but got delayed and didn’t get here until 12:00. They stayed about as long as I had planned – it was just later.
Later in the day my daughter-in-law’s dad picked my granddaughter, Ivy, from school and then stopped by my house to pick up Calvin. Calvin and Ivy spend Wednesday afternoons with them. Anyway, Ivy wanted to come in for a minute, and of course, that always takes longer than a minute. So half an hour later, they were on their way.
I didn’t mind any of those delays – I love spending time with my family – but I had no idea how long any of them would take and that made planning difficult. Sometimes on days like this I get it right, but this time I got it wrong.
- I forced a non-essential task onto the schedule when it could have waited. I made a list of things that needed to be done and then marked the priorities. Grocery shopping was NOT a priority. We weren’t really out of anything except my favorite soda and I had had other soda I could drink in the meantime. But I WANTED to go. I had already put it off one day and I wanted to get it done even though it wouldn’t comfortably fit in the schedule. So what did I do? I forced it in. Instead of doing more important things that absolutely had to be done, I went to the grocery store. Was it worth it? No, it wasn’t.
- Even though my plan for the day didn’t go the way I hoped, I didn’t give up. I plugged away at the list and got all the priorities done by the end of the day. I had to make some hard choices – like skipping puppy class – but it had to be done.
- I made a plan. I may have made it late (after I got up and the day had started), but I made it. I felt rushed and behind and wanted to jump right in, but I took the time to think it through and plan. Having a plan made it much easier to make adjustments along the way.
HOW I MADE MY PLAN
- First I made a list of all the things I needed to do. I also put asterisks by the ones that I felt were most important.
- Then I drew out this schedule form. I use this whenever I feel like I have too much to do.
- Then I plugged it all in to figure out when and if I could do everything. The photo below shows the original plan and how it played out.
It wasn’t easy, but I got through the day and completed what I had to complete. And today’s a new day with a new plan – and hopefully it’s just a little bit easier!
What do you do when you have a day like mine?