A few thoughts on planning
It's hard to keep up with the constantly changing recipes for a successful life. In a world running at breakneck speed, we go against the grain and encourage you to breathe. If you've been through countless attempts to put your plans in order, we've prepared a text that will help you gain distance and take the first step with ease.
We have collected some thoughts about planning that are close to our hearts. Use them as ideas and inspiration for your work with the calendar. And remember – what works well for others might not be the best solution for you. Feel free to translate these notes into your own values, habits and expectations.
Believe that you can create your personal, perfect project planning and execution system. There are plenty of methods and tools you can take advantage of. Search, experiment, test. With time, you will develop a system that works best for you.
Write down. Try not to manage the projects without taking notes – these are open loops hanging out in limbo in your brain and wear you down. Free your mind from constant worry about things you have to do – just put your thoughts or tasks into words.
photo by Milk&Sun
Think of your planner as the space you can rely on. All your mixed-up thoughts will find a safe shelter in there and quietly wait for their turn.
Take one step at a time and you will get anywhere you want. Break large projects down into bite-sized tasks and get your wheels turning.
Prioritize and don't get yourself off track by micro-tasks. It will help you stay committed to the main goal. Let your imagination run wild and plan whatever you feel like! Then, pick one thing that seems to be the most important and do it first.
Working with paper is your moment of truth. The amount of space on each page is limited, as is the number of days in a week. When your notes fill up the calendar pages, you may realize that you would be running out of room soon and have to be more realistic with your planning.
Be willing to change. It's quite natural that most plans need to be frequently verified. Accept that not everything can be predicted and open your mind when planning.
Learn to let go. Is the task you postpone every day important enough to put it on your to-do list over and over? Maybe you should give it up? For peace of mind and soul.
Put to the rest the idea that the more you do, the more you mean. Work on your escape routes from the cult of productivity.
Completing the task feels great! Reward your efforts and remember that you truly deserve it for the work you've done.
When working with your calendar, don't limit yourself to things you have to do. You should also note those you want. Everybody can fill their dreams in calendars.
Forget the screens for a while. Slow down, spend some time with yourself. Enjoy the simple pleasure of analogue writing.
photo by Klaudia Czaplińska and Ładne Bebe
Time spent writing on paper may result in interesting reflections. Conversations you've heard, inspiring thoughts, everyday joys – collect them like precious treasures. Maybe that's what they will become one day.
Plan something nice, spend time with yourself. Everybody has equal rights to take a break and relax, including you :)
Text: Lena Pilarczyk, Magdalena Konik-Machulska. The first publication took place in Papierniczeni brand's original calendars for 2022.