Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine Issue 02 | June 2016 - Page 13

miss a few days, we feel like we have to catch up before we can start again. And if the curveball is a major one that sets us back by weeks or months, we feel like we’ve failed.

One of the mindsets we need to overcome – and one of the dangers of organizational systems – is that we can reach a point of stasis and hold steady there. But change is inevitable and life throws us off balance frequently.

Organizational systems can make us feel we should shoot out of the gate, propel forward straight as an arrow toward an end-point and hit our target dead center.

Not so.

Nothing in life works that way.

The point of a planning system isn’t to lock you into a rigid trajectory; it’s purpose is to automate all the “little things” that have to get done, leaving you with energy to create and enjoy your life and work rather than being chained to endless to-do lists and 60-hours weeks.

Knowing what’s important to you, developing a general plan to get there, getting the unnecessary things out of the way, making progress and allowing for shifts is what counts. The path may be zig-zag, have switchbacks, be uphill at some points, and may be filled with potholes or obstacles.

Being on the path is what counts.

Getting going, or getting restarted.

But there’s a trick to it: for someone like me (who loves research, learning, charts, graphs, lists, problem-solving), it’s easy to get caught in spending too much time developing the plan instead of executing the plan. Even for those who don’t have that kind of nature, it’s still easy to keep planning because planning feels productive but allows you to keep procrastinating.

There are a lot of great ideas out there about time management and organization, and lots of how-to information, but you’ve got to recognize when to stop planning and start doing.

But that’s a different subject (hint: it involves moving past fear and doubt) and we’ll save it for another day.

Kat Tozier writes open and honest personal stories of pain and trauma – and hope and healing – for women. She is a Jill of many trades, most recently in the virtual world helping women design and launch lifework that nourishes them and their clients. Her life and her work serve the higher purpose of being a voice in the world to eliminate violence against women and to mitigate the effects of trauma in their lives. www.kathleentozier.com

It just doesn’t make sense to me to do several things

in a mediocre way, wear yourself out and do nothing excellently.

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