I frequently use and recommend backward planning as a It works like this: Start with the end in mind. What does the end product look like and how are you going to feel? Using a party as an example, I would envision that my home is filled with friends, there is an abundance of good food, and that I am enjoying this party as well as my guests. Plan an end date. When does all this have to come together? When is the party? When is the move? Do a brain dump of all the things that
OK, it is really December and the days are speeding up for sure. I feel a combination of excitement and panic. I’m looking forward to some parties and church events. I am looking forward to enjoying my decorated home. I am enjoying the holiday foods and music. But, wow! There are a lot of things that are not done. Most of the cards have not been mailed. Some gifts still need to be purchased – still unsure of what to even get a couple of people. I still have more baking to do.
We all talk about our “to do” lists. We usually complain that we never get all of the tasks done on that list. Our “to do” lists are often huge. Some of the tasks on the list are open-ended projects. The pressure of that list looming over us saps our energy and motivation. We whittle away at the small, easy tasks on the list but at the end of the day wonder what we have done. What would it feel like if you kept track of your “done” list? A “done” list can give you a chance to