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Something you may not realise about planning

You may have noticed that people rush around alot. In work environments, people often complain about the pressure to get more done in less time or with less resources. I frequently observe people running around like headless chickens. And that isn’t a problem in and of itself. The problem is the frantic thinking that goes with it.

One of the implications of this way of working and living is stress and anxiety. You may have noticed that the more frantic your thinking gets, the more stressed or anxious you feel.

When our minds get speedy and cluttered with thoughts, we often get that feeling of overwhelm. We lose clarity and perspective. It’s like driving a car with the handbrake on. Alot of energy gets used but we don’t get very far.

When you notice this happening, it’s a sign that you need to slow your mind down. A slower, calmer mind is much more helpful to you than a busy hectic mind.

And this is where planning can really help.

In order to plan, we have to slow our thinking down. We have to step back and take a more objective look at things.

It’s less of a ‘doing’. Planning can be as simple as taking a moment to pause and re-clarify the purpose of what you’re doing or re-prioritise what’s important. It’s not an analytical process. It’s reflective.

You’ll know when the time’s right to pause, slow down and take stock. It’s when you start to feel a sense of anxiety or a lack of focus or clarity. It’s different for all of us but you know it when you experience it.

The paradox here is that when people are feeling stressed or anxious, they often feel an ‘urgency’ to continue what they’re doing and thinking. This just makes things worse. It’s a toxic trap!

Take time out. Pause and reflect and you’ll bring increased perspective and clarity to what you’re doing and that will ultimately yield better results and save you time and energy.

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