Why You Shouldn't Plan

planning productivity Oct 09, 2021
Why You Shouldn't Plan

For the longest time, I have been telling you to tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went.

This is how I approach planning.

Don't go through life.

Don't go through your day.

Don't go one more hour reactively.

Instead, live proactively.

But I want you to ignore that information for right now.

Are you may be saying to yourself, Wait a minute, what are you telling me? Are you telling me not to plan?

Yes, that's exactly what I'm telling you not to do.

Here's why: the planning should never come first.

The WHY should come first.

I'm all for planning. It would be best if you had an idea of what you're going to do this hour, the next hour, today, tomorrow, this week, this month, this quarter, etc. 

But more important than planning is your WHY.

Why are you planning these things on your calendar?

Have you ever thought about that?

Many people will tell you to plan, plan plan. Do not leave your calendar empty because when you do, it's an invitation for procrastinating. I've even said this.

But you can't throw anything on your calendar. You have to plan intelligently. And it all starts with a three-letter word: WHY.

Why are you going to put whatever on your calendar?

Let's say you're a coach; you would put that coaching call on your calendar. Or you're writing a book; you would put writing on your calendar.

Don't just throw things on your calendar, like spaghetti against the wall. You need to know WHY things are going on your calendar.

Think before you plan.

A lot of people plan reactively. They go; well, the productivity coach guy said I should plan, so I'll put this on my calendar at eight o'clock, this at nine o'clock, this at 10 o'clock, and so on. What happens with this is because you haven't figured out your WHY, what you plan for eight o'clock, doesn't get done, or nine o'clock or 10 o'clock, etc.

Even if you work for a corporation and your day is structured, I still want you to plan and understand your WHY.

If you're working for somebody and they tell you they want you to do X at nine o'clock, and you're like, Why does it have to be done at nine o'clock? Especially if you notice they don't do anything with the information until four o'clock in the afternoon. Ask the question, WHY?

Understand WHY you're doing things, the way you're doing them. One of the things I hear all the time is, We've always done it this way. My first question is, WHY? 95% of the people I ask this cannot answer that question. They look at me puzzled, and they things like, "I don't know. I was trained that way. And I'm training the next person that way."

I then ask them, Why haven't you asked WHY? And they kind of look at me befuddled. They don't know. In likelihood, they never thought about it.

Ask the question why.

If you're an entrepreneur, a small business owner, a mom, your dad, you're a teacher, you work for a corporation, even if you're the CEO or the owner. Harness the power of asking WHY. And if you don't get a satisfactory answer, dive deeper. If you still don't get a good solution, ask yourself, does that report or whatever that thing needs to be done? Think about it.

So, yes, you should tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went. But you need to understand the WHY.

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