Forward Planning Made Simple . Reduce The Overwhelm

Last Update: July 30, 2020

I've started training recently with the ever brilliant George Bryant. If you have not heard of George, do a quick FB search and prepare to be AMAZED❗️

Just some of what I have been learning is forward planning and project management, George recommends having three buckets for your forward planning:

  1. This week
  2. Next week
  3. And later.

Yes that’s it❗️

All those bright ideas 💡 you get, the shiny object syndrome, the flash of brilliance that could take you in a completely different direction, the nice to have but not now projects … they all go in the later bucket for review.

You can only have a maximum of 7 items on the top 2 lists. You can have as many as you want in list 3.

So if you want to move one of the ideas from 2 or 3 into this week you have to remove an item to fit it in. 📅

✅ Everything you add to your plan needs to be outcome based, so not tasks, this is NOT a to do list. They are projects with real and tangible outcomes that you could point to with say a link to the finished product.

There is a bit more to it than this, too much detail to go into in one post, but this will get you started. You can use Word or Google Docs to keep track of your lists, so no need for any fancy project management software if you don't want too. 🔥

I like Asana, and the free version will do this minus all the paid bells and whistles that you probably don't need anyway.

🌟 I am finding much less overwhelm and more serious consideration put into what goes on this weeks and next week's list.

If you give it a go I’d love to hear how you go with it.

How do you plan for future projects❓ Do you use fancy software❓

Or are you still winging it each week with no real plan in place❓

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roysinOnline Premium
Great planning idea! I am using MS´s ToDo list, but it becomes quite "big", with a lot ore than 3 buckets.

I also use MindManager as I have access to the full version in my daytime job. I

I will try your approach HeidiY, combined with MindManager i think it will work very well for me.

-Roy-
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HeidiY Premium
I haven't heard if MindManager, will check it out. I use Asana at work and now for my biz but just with the three buckets and it's working well.
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roysinOnline Premium
Hi, Heidi. Just started a 30 days trial of Asana. So far it is looking like a very nice planning tool.

-Roy-
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1Rudy1 Premium
Love the simplicity...three buckets...
Good for you to reach out, find your way through via people who know what to do. Never heard of the guy, but will look into this...
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HeidiY Premium
He is amazing Rudy, I can't afford his Mastermind and private coaching just yet, but I am learning as much as I can with the courses I can afford.

His whole philosophy of heart-centred marketing resonates with me, I am loving it. Put the fire back in me to actually finish my course and get out there helping people and building my own tribe.
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1Rudy1 Premium
Awesome stuff...glad to hear you reignited that fire..
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heidiph1 Premium
I really like that idea! Too many times I’ve fallen for the shiny object syndrome where some new idea comes along and I chase it for awhile, only to be distracted by something else shortly after.

Thank you for the tips and resource!

Heidi
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HeidiY Premium
This is great for that Heidi, you just put it in the Later back, leave it for a day or two and then go back and re-assess, if it still tickles your fancy you can then move it to one of the other lists :)
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heidiph1 Premium
I’m going to do it! Sounds like a great process to have.
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JohaneG Premium
Wonderful
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HeidiY Premium
Thanks Johane
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JohaneG Premium
Welcome, Heidi.
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Dorrie1 Premium Plus
Very great post and thank you for the information
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HeidiY Premium
It works so well Dorrie, hope you give it a try
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