How to Save Yourself the Frustration
I’ve always been a planner. Sometimes I’m better at it than others, but for the most part, I would plan out my week and hope for the best. Maybe I like planners more than the actual activity of planning itself…hmmm. But one part of planning I hadn’t previously considered was the one thing that has made the most difference in actually sticking to my schedule.
I’m talking about identifying obstacles.
You will run into them…like I ran into the wall once after taking Ambien. But they are much less painful if you plan for them.
When we think about managing our lives, we often don’t think about planning for obstacles. Our higher brain knows they will happen, but our more primitive brain would rather pretend that they won’t. We would rather not plan for them and get really irritated when they get in the way of getting things accomplished (insert sarcasm).
Here’s the benefit to planning for obstacles…
It will save you time and a whole lot of frustration.
When we don’t plan for them, we end up wasting more time trying to overcome them.
So, how do you “plan” for obstacles? You create strategies for when they come up… because they will.
We have tons of obstacles that come up when trying to accomplish something…interruptions (queue children), other people’s “emergencies”, time, the number of things on our schedule, our desire to do the “more fun” things, and all the limiting beliefs we allow our brain to think.
So, here’s how it works. Anytime you are planning out your day, your week, or your goals, make a list of at least 5 obstacles that you could potentially encounter. Ask yourself, “what are the things that could potentially get in the way of me achieving this?”
Then, list a strategy for how you will overcome each of those obstacles.
For example, this week I had a goal to complete a free video course for my subscribers. I knew that this project was going to take me some time because I hadn’t done it before (obstacle), so I set aside time to write out all the things I would have to do to complete the project (strategy).
Also, my daughter had either practice or a school event every day this week so my available time outside of work was going to be tight (obstacle). My strategy was to evaluate my calendar to identify small pockets of time I could potentially get some of these tasks done and then take each one of those tasks that I needed to complete and schedule them in very specific time slots of my calendar.
The biggest obstacle was my own brain. All the negative thoughts came flooding in…”What if it’s not good enough? I won’t be able to finish it. What if it takes too long? I need more time. I’m going to sound like a stumbling idiot.”
My strategy, of course, was to proactively manage my brain…really take a look at what my brain was thinking and how it was impacting my results…just like I do with my clients.
P.S. If you’re ready to go to work on “managing it all” without all the stress, anxiety and overwhelm, let’s chat! I can help you. Just click here to schedule a free 30 minute session where we’ll talk about your challenges and you’ll walk away with at least one tool you can start today.