Forward Planning Made Simple . Reduce The Overwhelm
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:
- This week
- Next week
- 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❓