Design INTENTIONAL PLANNING Practices
There are two things we know for sure:
1. Energy flows where your attention goes.
2. If it’s not scheduled, it’s not real. (thank you Marie Forleo!)
By using the concept of “planning with intention” we are making a conscious decision where our attention goes. By doing this, we’ll will reach our goals and have more time for our creative pursuits. Here are a few ideas. Identify what will work for you.
Commit to INTENTIONAL PLANNING sessions
Pick a consistent day/time to look at the week ahead.
- Sunday evenings work well… or Monday mornings. How about end of the day on Friday? The important thing is to make it a habit by finding a time that works for you.
- Put it in your calendar.
Plan tomorrow at the end of today.
- Increase your success by ending each day with a short time to look – with intention – ahead to the next day.
- Schedule it. Again, write it on your calendar
“The Intentional Planning workshop was great. I wished we would’ve had more time or that there would be a part 2! I really like Kelly’s approach to planning. I’m enjoying the planner. And I’m excited about journaling. I call it my “5 Minute Journal.” I set a timer for 5 minutes (at least 1x day) and just write. When the timer stops, I stop. ”
– Shelley Gilbertson
In addition to short-term planning, long-term planning is key to staying on track.
Start with an Annual plan, a Manifesto or a Vision Board.
Identify you areas of focus for your year. I used to do 10 – but I’ve narrowed my focus to 6!. The 3 areas you want to focus on in your PERSONAL life and the 3 focus areas in your WORK life.
“If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it.” — Einstein
Write your areas of focus somewhere prominent – like in the beginning of your paper planner – and then “picture it” – create a visual representation of your focus areas. Again, do this right in your planner so you can review it every day.
These appointments are as important as any other.Put all of your INTENTIONAL PLANNING sessions in your calendar as appointments with yourself.
Weekly INTENTIONAL PLANNING sessions.
Each week, start by re-visiting your personal manifesto – written and visual. Are you limiting yourself to your chosen 6 areas? Peter Bregman, Author of 18 Minutes, says to make sure that 95% of your time is on what I’m calling your “manifesto.” Let the remaining 5% be for the stuff that comes up in life.
By keeping your own personal manifesto in the front of your mind, you will more easily stay track.
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