Planning……… It has not been something I really thought about until the last year or so. I had no idea It was a tool, but my hectic life has been reminding me otherwise. I rarely used to do lists as I always thought I would remember, but my brain loved playing games with me. A year ago I thought I was developing dementia, I started to feel worried as I just couldn’t remember anything, and It made me feel as if I was losing my mind. I used to make jokes with my family about It, or rather they used to make jokes about me. I was referred to a specialist, had an MRI scan, and was relieved it was all fine. The problem was, my blood wasn’t going round my body and my head the way it should because my heart wasn’t functioning properly. It has now been repaired, but unfortunately I still appear to have memory loss, so I’m going to put It down to my age!

So getting back to planning… I started by buying a planner for the beginning of the year, we all have good Intentions of starting the year with good thoughts and plans and then……… we forget. I have been filling my planner in, sometimes I forget, or I’m too busy to look and see what I have planned, and that Is where I slip up. Recently I have tried my hardest to keep up with it after having a bit of a fall at my first craft fair. I was very disorganised and forgot to do this and that, trying to get everything ready at the last minute, which didn’t really work and added so much stress to the whole thing. It was a big learning curve and I think it has taught me a bit of a lesson because since coming back I felt I needed to take stock with things that haven’t gone very well, and start planning ahead, and being more organised (which is going to be a job in Itself). My son has reminded me that if you plan your day the evening before you are 25% more productive the next day. So that is where the planner comes in, my 15 minute nightly ritual, I just have to learn to adhere to It.

The definition:

planner
ˈplanə/
noun   
a list or chart with information that is an aid to planning.
“my day planner”

The quotes:

If you don’t fail, you will never be successful. Don’t lose faith.

Don’t fear failure, fear being In the exact same place next year as you are today.

Note to self: Don’t give up. You at a different place, and further than you were last year, so look forward, and keep on planning.