I’ve realized that life itself is really hard to plan. I liked what my friend Eve said in a comment on the last post- goals. Goals are important. My cousin echoed that and gave more clarity on what sorts of goals we can have. 1 year, 3 year, 5 year. I don’t really know what the 5 year ones are yet, but 1 and 3 seem doable in my head.
But I also realized that goals aren’t planning. Goals don’t tell you how to do something- they tell you what you want to achieve to make your life meaningful. They’re also not really binary- even if you only achieve 70% of your goal, that’s still usually pretty great.
Planning is different. Plans are binary. They either happened or they didn’t. For example. I planned my entire day last night. Nothing went according to plan. I may still be on track to achieve my goals, but my plans have failed.
I think, the sad truth is that most of us are poor planners. I’m only saying that because I feel like I am a poor planner (and I also read this article that said as much). I realize that I didn’t schedule in half the things that I feel are important (sleep, talking to friends, catching up on emails, reading, blogging, eating-yes I started scheduling those too).
Another thought- my excessive planning needs to be diverted to achieving goals. Goals in work and goals in life. And getting to be a better planner on how to achieve my goals (and also how to use my time) is going to be key.
Time as a currency. Being able to understand time. I feel like there’s something there that I’m missing.