How to succeed without a plan
Do you hate planning? Do you feel like spending time thinking about what to do is not as productive as just doing something, anything? You’re not alone. Made-up-statistic of people don’t have long term life plans beyond the next year. This is very common, but most coaches and blogs seem to consist of nothing but things you should be thinking about, rather than what you are doing in the now.
Is it possible to succeed without a plan? Yes! As long as your actions are pointing towards your values or goals, you’ll always be making cumulative progress.
Instead of planning, if you know what matters in your life it can always come down to the present moment.
- Will this make my life better?
- Is it urgent? Is it important? Is it enjoyable? Is it pointless?
- What can I do right now?
- What are your options and what serves you in the short and/or longterm?
- Is this useful?
- Wasting time is sometimes useful for balance and recharging. Don’t be serious all the time!
Do you know what matters?
- Outline your goals
- Define your values
- What is your purpose? How do you think you will self-actualize?
So when do you actually need a plan?
When the future ahead of you is uncertain. When you cannot predict what will be in store. When the complexity of your goal demands some strategic attention. When you have constraints on your time or resources.
Success is a function of satisfaction.