Now Let’s Explore How Chunked Planning Adds to Your Fun

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Yes, ‘Chunked Planning’ helps you have fun, too.

‘Chunked Planning’  allows you to be responsive to the events and emotions that invariably crop up in your day.

If you’d like to learn more about just how that works, check out our previous posts titled:

When you plan in smaller chunks, you are more nimble and can incorporate the unexpected into your schedule.

You don’t feel that you need to rigidly keep to your 8, 12 or 14-hour predetermined course.

Oh, and you don’t have to struggle with frustration and self-criticism when you have trouble getting back on track after being yanked off of it by interruptions, changes, and the other inevitable happenstances of daily living.

What about fun?

But one of the things about segmented planning that I find especially compelling is the way that it allows space for fun.

You work hard, don’t you?  I bet your schedule is filled with tasks, many of which you almost never get to.  Looking at those looming lists can be overwhelming. It’s important to reward yourself for hard work and to sometimes even reward yourself with something nice.

‘Chunked Planning’ helps here.

It’s the nimbleness that’s important.  Let’s say you’ve been working hard at your desk for hours, churning out accomplishments left and right.  You come to the end of a planned chunk of time and look at your rough schedule.  It’s a beautiful afternoon and, though it’s not on your list, your garden beckons. Or maybe a friend calls to invite you to a movie.  What can you do here?

Well, one option would be to continue with whatever your original picture of your day had been.  Or, you could make a shift and edit your next ‘chunk’, incorporating time for fun or relaxation or self-care.

It’s entirely in your hands. That’s the beauty of ‘Chunked Planning.’

Some examples…

The more you engage in ‘Chunked Planning’ the more familiar you become with yourself and your patterns – and the better you’ll be able to plan.

  • If you’re someone who tends to work too hard and too long, then incorporating flexibility and fun into your plan will be an important challenge to take on.
  • If, on the other hand, you have a tendency to procrastinate, you may want to be a little less flexible, and use your planning to help you stay at your desk a little longer.  (Be sure to reward yourself for your discipline, however.)

What’s next?

As you develop increasing levels of self-trust, you will find that ‘Chunked Planning’ is a powerful addition to your Time Management Toolbox. So, here are some considerations and questions to keep in mind as you explore this skill:

  • Remember how refreshing it was the last time you took time for YOU?
  • How did you feel when you returned to your tasks afterward?
  • How did you feel about yourself?
  • What step will you take today, to include time for fun in your schedule?

Drop me a line … I’d love to hear how it goes for you.

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That’s what it’s like when you aren’t taking care of yourself. It’s an awful feeling and one that’s all too familiar to many of us.

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Let’s explore time together …

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