Chunked Planning Makes So Much More Possible — Part 1

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Chunked planning keeps you flexible.

Finding time to get stuff done while also taking care of yourself — that’s your daily challenge.

And if you’re like me, you probably like to plan your day ahead.  Planning is a powerful and practical time management tool.

But what about sudden change?

Change, especially when it’s sudden and unexpected, throws a wrench in the best-laid plans.

Take yesterday, for example. We had some internet connectivity issues and by the time we were up and running again, it felt too late to accomplish what I’d planned to do online.

It certainly hadn’t been in my plan for the day to have things held up by a lost internet connection.  Still, those things happen.  And a  time tool that I call ‘Chunked Planning’ really helps you respond with agility to unanticipated snags in your plans.

Flexibility is one key to making optimal use of your time.

Chunked Planning

So, one way to enhance your flexibility is to engage in ‘Chunked Planning.’ The way it works is really quite simple. And it allows you to significantly enhance your ability to respond to change as your day progresses.  Here’s what ‘Chunked Planning’ looks like in practice:

  • Plan the first part of your day the night before. Plan this early part of your day in detail, picturing the details as ‘chunks.’ Use broader strokes to plan the rest of your day.
  • Give yourself 5 minutes of planning time as one of the first things in your morning ‘chunk.’  This is your first opportunity to adjust your plan if something has changed during the night.  Also, give yourself @ 10 minutes to plan at the end of your first ‘chunk.’
  • Use this next planning time to notice how things went and to add, remove, or tweak the timing on ‘chunks’ for the rest of our day.  Also, set another planning time, as you step further into your day.
  • Use as many ‘chunks’ as you like, and let it vary from day-to-day, as needed.

Yes, planning really helps…

Using ‘Chunked Planning’ allows you to assimilate the fact that planning isn’t a harsh, critical taskmaster meant to keep you “in line.”

No, planning is for YOU. Your plan is YOURS, and the more you make it yours the less resistant you’ll be to following through on it. Giving myself several places during the day where I can adjust to changes before moving ahead is a friendly and flexible way to chart my course and hold to it.  I encourage you to give it a try.

How do you find time for what matters most to you? What gets in your way? Drop me a line — I’d love to help.

Speaking of help, there’s this…

We all have voices that chatter at us throughout the day. The Inner Critic is one of them. Learning to recognize (and counter) this destructive voice is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. You see, the Inner Critic is a negative, debilitating and constant presence in your life.  And it’s not just the words. It’s the judgmental tone, the rolling eyes, and the scolding wag of the index finger. Beyond sapping your energy and confidence, your Inner Critic robs you of time and profoundly distorts how you see others and how you feel about yourself. So, what can you do?

Give yourself a big boost with my Voices Package which includes my popular Exercise and Guide Book titled “These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy!” How to Use Positive Self-Talk to Save Your Sanity and Your Time!

The Package, E-Guide, and accompanying bonuses, offer simple, practical exercises, checklists, and tips for learning to recognize and counter the critical voices that disrupt and hurt you. Here’s what Heather Dominick says about “Voices”:

“This guidebook is by a secret genius as far as I’m concerned.
Her name is Paula Eder and she is absolutely brilliant
when it comes to how to be in relationship with self and
how to be in relationship with time.”
Heather Dominick

You hold the power to make conscious choices about the kinds of messages you give yourself. As you exercise this power, you’ll develop new clarity and confidence – and transform your time. “These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy!” and the entire Voices Package opens the door and gives you a roadmap, so don’t wait.

Click this link to get started on your empowering journey today.

Let’s explore time together …

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