The Importance of Planned Planning

“The man that has prepared has his battle half fought”

The new year is always a great time to start over, wipe the slate clean and come up with new plans, ideas and ways to make the year ahead a super awesome one.

But I’m finding that as I settle into the new year, life (and what I mean by that is actually environment) tends to push and pull me into routines and habits that I know and that are comfortable. It feels great, because it gives me a sense of security in knowing how things can pan out. But in terms of creating different outcomes in my life, it is not very helpful.

As an entrepreneur, there is a phrase that comes to mind, in that “one should spend time working on your business and not just in your business”. Well I think that this is just as important in life. We spend so much time in our lives that we often get chance to work on our lives.

We get so caught up in the day to day things we do, that we seldom get time to sit back, take a big picture look at where we’re heading and be objective of ourselves. By nature we are very subjective. We live through our own minds, in our own bodies, looking through our own point of view.

As I become better at planning how I spend my time each day, whether that’s setting aside time for training, work, checking emails, spending time with family and all the other smaller things in between, if that’s all I spend my time on, I will find myself in a cycle of daily activity that produces some form of results in my life. It may work, it may not work. If I allow this cycle to continue, I may end up in a year’s time looking back wondering what I’ve done with my time. Wondering why I haven’t achieved what I wanted. (Think new years resolutions each year.)

Habitual, cyclical activity is what keeps us from moving forward and achieving the goals we so greatly want in life. Just because you’re splashing a lot in the swimming pool, doesn’t mean you are moving anywhere. Activity doesn’t mean progress.

But if you don’t stop every once in a while to look up and see whether or not you are moving, then you’re destined to become very tired and eventually very despondent, unless of course you’re enjoying splashing round in that one particular spot.

Make planning a part of your daily, weekly & monthly routine. Take the opportunity to look up, make sure you’re still heading in the right direction and make the necessary course adjustments if things are not going as planned.

Understand also, that in order to achieve any goal, it takes various steps and phases of activity in order to get there. So if we get comfortable just doing step one, we miss out on the other ‘next steps’ needed to move us to the next level.

Schedule planning sessions into your routine. Make small, short term goals that lead towards the bigger ones. As those are completed, your next planning session gives you the opportunity to celebrate that win and also to work out a new plan of action for the next phase needed.

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About The Author

Neil Scholtz

Neil Scholtz is a certified Personal Trainer turned CrossFit coach. He has competed at the CrossFit Games and coached athletes that have competed at the CrossFit Games, but that's not his main focus. Most of his time is spent consulting or coaching individuals to improve their lives through fitness. He has worked with over 1000 individuals from various walks of life. Tailoring solutions to their lifestyle needs.

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