Follow Through Problems (that are actually planning problems)

GrettaJanuary 5, 2022

Planning Problem #1:

Procrastination. Scrolling when you should be working, doing laundry when you should be writing that post, and avoiding starting that project until the very last minute because "you just work well under pressure." You push off calendar blocks and and avoid doing what you know you need to be doing.

Planning Problem #2:

Too much to do, too little time. You go back and forth trying to decide what's most important to get done because everything seems important - how could you choose? You avoid, overthink, feel resentful and obligated. You also spend a long time making decisions and then second guessing your decisions once you make them.

Planning Problem #3:

Overworking. You work a lot. Your plate is overfull. You work later and more than planned, often because you think, "if I don't take care of it, no one will." The thought of resting makes you wildly uncomfortable, and brings up feelings of guilt and shame. Rest seems unnecessary. It's the thing you do once you're completely exhausted. Also, turning your brain off seems impossible, and you're often running off of internal criticism in a quest to  improve yourself.

You don't need to fit it all in. You need a filter for what you will take on as your responsibility and what you won't.
This looks like deciding ahead of time what you will say yes to and what you'll say no to and it also looks like doing the "repair work" of turning your past yes into now no. Yep! It's uncomfortable!

Then, you need to increase your capacity. You do this by creating and then treating your downtime like you would an appointment with someone else and prioritizing yourself. Even and especially when it doesn't feel like you need to. YEP! More discomfort. This is why you've been avoiding it and it's why you need a coach.

After you do this, then it's time to ruthlessly prioritize. 47 item to-do lists aren't plans. Neither are over-full calendars. Ruthlessly prioritizing requires decision making and it requires allowing yourself to possibly make the wrong decision. Discomfort again! Hire a coach.

Along the way, you'll be delegating and eliminating the unnecessary because you can't and don't need to "do it all." This will challenge your, "but if I don't do it, who will?!" belief. Which will create more discomfort.

Finally - you need to know how to plan well. You'll know when you've done this when you look at your plan and feel excited to jump into action because it's clear and limited to just your priorities. When you do this, you'll feel calm and focused, and you'll  know exactly what to do (and feel ready and able to do it) and you'll follow through, consistently. Nowwww we're getting to the fun part. This is what's on the other side of the discomfort and growth above. 

If you're done feeling overwhelmed by all of the things you need to do and you're ready for the growth, click here to schedule a free consult.



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