No, I don’t want a list of tips and tricks. No, I don’t want a pep talk. Because I’ve already received one. Probably from you, your friends or your mentors. I’ve already put money, time and energy into planning merchandise.
Don’t get me wrong; I believe the hype. I know why planning is important.
Planning lets you:
- Get an aerial view of your life.
- Prioritize the most important aspects first
- Make maximum use of your resources.
- Lay out an actionable schedule.
- Deal with crises effectively.
But for so many reasons, the negatives are far outweighing the positives.
Planning is making me miserable because:
- I can never do everything I want to.
- It reminds how out of control my life is rather than giving it some control.
- It reminds me of my failures
- It reminds me of all the people I’m missing.
- It reminds me of how far away I am from being the person I want to be.
I know this is simply a perspective issue. That if I could see the glass half-full, I would realize how blessed I am.
Blah blah blah. I already know this. I wish I could flip a switch. But I can’t.
What I mean is that it doesn’t matter how grateful I am for five minutes or ten minutes or even 15 minutes of a day. My beliefs matter. And those take time to change.
I imagine my negativity is what’s making me tired and it’s probably what made my mother so gravely ill. But that’s a subject for another blog post.
I’ve been trying to plan properly for years. I started with Anthony Robbins and now I’m onto GTD. Robbins tried the inspiring tactic. GTD has been trying the tactical adult, less-play-more-work way.
Neither has worked for me yet.
The Happy Muslimah.