Written By: Paul VanderGriendt, Event Management Coordinator Mentorship Session Diary. Entry 17
Being planful and organized does not come naturally to everyone, but it can be helpful to everyone. Some of us avoid too much planning and scheduling because it may seem too tedious, we just want to go with the flow or it makes us feel restricted. If we can learn to do it in a way that works for each of us, it shouldn’t mean any of these things. Planning ahead should never feel like you are being held back. It should help you to feel prepared and best equipped to deal with what comes in the future. Laying out process and visualizing the steps we need to take to achieve our goals can help us create a path for finding success.
Staying organized doesn’t mean that we won’t experience change as we go along. Every plan needs to be adaptable and may have to accommodate for the unexpected, but it can also help us stay in control of the things we are able to control. When we let ourselves lose attention and focus on the tasks in our life they can build up and cause us to feel overwhelmed. By creating structure and keeping on top of our commitments, we can approach them more intentionally and set ourselves up for success.
Looking back on where we’ve come from and what we’ve accomplished can help us lay out a plan for the future as well. When we consider our accomplishments and challenges, and think about what worked well for us and what didn’t, we are able to glean valuable insight that we can apply to our current situations. Knowing ourselves, our personalities, our tendencies and learning from the past to utilize the best parts of ourselves as we move forward is all part of planning. We can create a personal guideline or path that keeps us on the right track, while leaving ourselves room to adapt and change to achieve the best results. Always remember, following through on your plan is the most important part!