How to Get What You Want by Planning BetterJan 25, 2017 | By: KM Landscaping
A new year has just rounded the corner. Did you make any resolutions? One of mine this year is to be a better planner. I’ve realized that the area of planning, or lack thereof has been the biggest downfall to not achieving my resolutions in the past. My great ideas and resolves have suffered because of my failure to plan. The saying “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail,” has been true of me. Can you relate?
Tired of failing to follow through, I’ve decided to take planning a lot more seriously this year. Some of the big things on my “to do” list this year are yard projects. Landscaping being something I love and also at the heart of my big projects this year, I figured I’d use it to illustrate some of the principles I’ve decided to employ and hope they can help you with your resolutions.
Goals. Not having clear thought out goals rarely results in beautiful outcomes. Having a myriad of pictures, thoughts, and ideas is great for inspiration, but it’s important to narrow them down to specifics so you don’t end up frustrated with a hodgepodge of chaos. I recently moved into a new house. The yard needs serious work, but has awesome potential! I have a growing list of over 15 things I want to do out there. The last thing I want though is to get to the end of the summer and have all the projects half done, but nothing completed, and a yard that has no semblance of order or style. Therefore specific goal setting and prioritizing are super important. I’ve reviewed my list and picked my top 4 priorities that I want done this season. Prioritizing tips: address necessities first, (do you have water issues?); pick items that will make the biggest impact, (pruning and mulch can work wonders!); be realistic, (how much time/energy do you have?)
After identifying specific goals, plan how to achieve them. What steps are needed? How will I be sure things get done? For me, deadlines are helpful, so this year, resolving to be a better planner, I put due dates on the calendar when I need to have each step in the process finished. Other logistics in planning include figuring out what materials are needed and how much it’s going to cost. Planning how to get to your destination is an important step to getting all the way there.
Time well spent identifying goals and the necessary steps to reach them, makes the work part less stressful, more enjoyable, and results in a better finished product. I encourage you join me in becoming a better planner. Take a few minutes, identify the “what,” plan the “how” and prepare for a productive year.