The Best Laid Plans…

Plans. Robert Burns phrased it so well when he said, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” But if that’s the case, why should we start the day with one?

Around the end of January 2020, I began my #workfromhome journey, like many of you. I, however, chose it. I was going to pick up where I left off on building a business I had started over a year ago. I was going to finish all the training modules and work on my website and attend networking functions.

Motivation and determination ran through my veins. I scheduled coach calls, completed 2 training modules, made considerable progress of my website and I was moving and shaking! For a couple of weeks, I was the epitome of productivity.

Then, #covid19 took center stage and the wind was knocked out of my sails. I was sitting on a ship, trying to sail a vast ocean with no wind. My best laid plans….

In the despair that followed (from a lack of wind in my sails), I neglected my plans. I let quarantine dictate how I planned(or didn’t) my day. If I’m being perfectly honest, I did plan my days. Those plans included sitting in my own self-pity, feeding my depression with all the junk food known to man, and binge-watching all six seasons of Downton Abbey(plus the movie, don’t judge)!

After I came out of my self-pity and despair (a good, ugly cry always helps), I started to make plans again. This time, I was intentional about making those plans. I wrote them down. I made lists.

The thing about plans is to understand that they are fluid. You have to be flexible with those plans. A few times, personal and family things came up that threw the proverbial “monkey wrench” into the plans. The key is to pick back up and make a new plan.

Today, I had planned to write a blog post, finish a lesson, speak to a prospective client, produce proposal and contract templates, and do laundry. What did I accomplish? I walked my dog several times today, I spoke to the prospective client, I finished a lesson, I produced proposal and contract templates, I wrote this article and I went on a rabbit trail on Canva.

Laundry is still not done yet. The point here is, I was flexible with the plan. And now the hubs is home from work and I need to start dinner.

Start your day with a plan. The distractions and “monkey wrenches” will make an appearance but don’t let those buggers make you feel like you accomplished nothing. You accomplished stuff. Maybe not what you wanted to accomplish, but you did. 

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