To many people, the words “management,” “structure,” and “system” sound, strict, linear, and rigid. How can you have choices and flexibility, with “just enough” structure to help you stay on track, get things done, and struggle less with organizing your days?
Create Choices to Create Calm
One of the many useful insights discovered during my own coaching was plan A and plan B. But not in the usual ways.
Having a contingency plan for plan A is about ensuring the task gets done.
This plan A/plan B is about the person and the psychology.
- Plan A/Plan B gives me guilt-free permission to let go of how I thought things would go.
- Plan A/Plan B gives me another easy-to-see option, if the first way doesn’t work out.
When you only have a Plan A, it feels like you have no other options. But that’s not true; it is purely because you didn’t think of them ahead of time.
So with Plan A/B created before you launch into your goal [or your day !], you won’t feel like a victim of circumstances, in chaos or out of choices.
Letting go and switching to another path loosens the tight grip of control.
We already know that high or unyielding expectations of control are a perfect recipe for stress. but only on the part of the person with the expectations, not anyone else or anything else.
Try having a Plan A and a Plan B for the projects and tasks which are really important to you (not for everything).
So your first step for organizing your day or your project/goals is: What is really important? Which need a Plan A and a Plan B, just in case and to ensure success?
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