Welcome to the third post in the Createyou86 Cupid's Planning Blog Series. If you have been in the planning community for any amount of time you have probably seen or heard the quote by Benjamin Franklin "Failing to plan is planning to fail." This quote either inspires you, or scares you half to death. I love this quote, and my sister even had it on a big chalkboard in her kitchen to inspire her step children. However, i feel like there is a side to this quote that we as planners just don't talk about. Are we planning to fail? And does planning allow for a higher tolerance of failure?
I get it....you love your planner, and you have the perfect system. You might be a list maker, or a bullet journaler, or even a Filofax user, but do those lists REALLY get finished? There are some of us who use the system of choosing the three most important tasks for the day, and focusing mainly on those tasks only to push our other tasks aside until we have time. There is also a group of planners known as bullet journalers who base their entire system on things they fail to finish. These unfinished tasks are "migrated" to the next day, only to be put on another list day after day until they are completed.
Do i feel like planners set themselves up for a higher tolerance of failure? Yes, and I believe that lists are the problem. I have never been a huge list maker mainly because i like to complete things that i have set out for myself daily. I also have a full-time job, and go to school so this makes completing anything between 7:45 am, and 4:45-5:00 pm (15 minutes for traffic while driving home) literally impossible. Add to the diminishing time that i have throughout the day that i am doing school work at least three nights a week for several hours (I have spent literally 8 hours on a Saturday doing schoolwork), spending time with my fiance, writing blog posts, creating social media posts, and possibly cooking dinner. I simply don't have time for lists that need to be migrated from day to day so i choose one or two main goals for the week (normally blog posts) which i sometimes do not even complete, and you know what? I am okay with that. Am i failing at my blog posts sometimes? Yes, do i fail at other weekly goals, or even daily goals that i might plan? Yes, and i believe that being a planner allows for that acceptance. Our planners are a place where we can be honest with ourselves, and no one else has to see our failures. Is a blog post super important? No, but when you make a list for yourself your goal is normally to see that it gets done. Here are a few things that i suggest so that you as a planner accept less failure.
Let me know in the comments below ARE YOU GUILTY OF PLANNING TO FAIL?