What’s your next big goal?
Is it business, or personal?
Is it something you’re working on ‘in your free time’?
Or have you incorporated it into your daily to-do list?
What makes the most sense for you to make progress?
Does it have a deadline? A due date?
Even though you might not have attached a specific day to have this goal finished, you’ve got a really clear idea of when you want it done, just kinda floating up there in your head.
There’s a lot of talk lately about back-engineering a project, creating the list of action items that flow backward from the deadline to the current time. Each smaller step has it’s own deadline associated with it. That’s really valuable and a great resource for making progress.
But what if you end up off track?
What if you’ve back-engineered the whole project, and then you miss some of those deadlines on the smaller project. Just a little, maybe a day or so… but as you approach the end of the project it all starts to snowball.
What’s the story you tell when you get to that point?
Is it worth it to continue on?
Do you move the final deadline?
Is that even possible??
What if, prior to even really starting the project, you’ve analyzed the back-engineered steps and you’ve also included the possible distractions and pitfalls that will hinder the progress, throw off the smaller deadlines, and snowball into a panic toward the end?
What if, instead of seeing only one possible path, you have a couple? You’ve recognized the most likely things that will prevent you from completing the smaller steps by their deadline, you know what’s likely to get in your way, and you make a Plan B or Plan C that allows you to shift and flow in a way that a single plan of action really doesn’t allow.
This is my specialty – helping you map the multiple routes your progress might take, and create an awareness that acts as a guide instead of a straight jacket.
Free-flow planning takes into consideration the pitfalls, stops, blocks, distractions and intentions of the project, and creates clarity, focus, and a sense of peace about how things are most likely to roll out over the length of the project.
This same process can be applied to the plans you have for a month, or a quarter, or even a year.