Demand on planning nowadays is increasing more and more. If we want to be perceived as successful, we are expected to have personal priority plans, development plans, career plans – and the list could go much longer.
I hear quite a lot of stories and meet people who are seriously stuck. And not stuck in a way that they don’t do anything. Stuck in a way that they are creating plans. For career change and development. They think that they cannot start acting till they have full, elaborate and well thought through plan in place. Like in a waterfall project planning 🙂 – don’t start any development till you have all requirements in place.
Of course plans are good in terms of self discipline and reflecting on priorities. But do they always drive towards action?
The problem with creating perfect career or change plan usually is that it cannot be created theoretically sitting on the sofa. You can spend hours and hours on it and you will still lack proper data to build it. Data that also represent your emotions, learning something new, people you would meet, new opportunities that would occur, building ideas on new experiences. Career plan usually involves lots of experiential things, trials, building ideas and getting insights on experiences gained. Not just on books, silos thinking or theoretical discussions. Not copying and duplicating plans that worked for others. Or what we think has worked while reading stories in social media.
Am I trying to say that plans are not needed?
However, I think it is important to remember:
- Reflect on how much time you spend on planning – does it serve as action driver or powerful defense that freezes you?
- Decide, how the plan should look like so that it is good enough. Decide on points that are crucial to plan precisely and which ones you can let go
- Decide on level of uncertainty you can tolerate – which areas you have to plan to tiniest details and which ones you can leave quite uncertain and decide on the way
- Uncertainty is not an easy thing tolerate – to help yourself, pay attention on what serves you as “safety points” and plan those while allowing yourself to surfe freely in between
- Share loudly your plans with someone you trust and who can challenge you – analyze, how telling the plan feels to you and how i is heard by others
Build the plan that mobilizes you to act.
Not the one that serves as sabotage for change.