Planning in pencil


Photo courtesy of OFour (Creative Commons)

Photo courtesy of OFour (Creative Commons)

I am a planner. I like to know what I’m doing when, what the next steps are, and what the final outcome will look like.

But lately, especially at work, my priorities seem to be very fluid. I can start my day with a solid plan and by lunchtime, it’s already changed drastically, and by the end of the day, I’m not even sure what I’ve done all day!

I’ve been reading a book called, “What You Can, When You Can,” by Carla Birnberg and Roni Noone, and in it is the suggestion to plan in pencil. That really hit home for me because there is still value in setting the expectations of what to accomplish and how, but if you plan in pencil, then you can easily adjust along the way.

How freeing to know that I’ve crafted a strategy to get something accomplished, but that I can be creative enough to react as things change throughout the process.

In what ways could you be more productive by planning in pencil?