I've been a little spotty in my blog posting over the past week, and you want to know why? Because I made a plan. One of the biggest "must-dos" in anything you read about how to be a better blogger is that you are supposed to plan ahead and have an editorial calendar (which means you actually schedule those ideas for specific days.) But I looked ahead and scheduled a few ideas on paper and my plans fell apart.
I am great at making lists. I've got a whole journal of blog post ideas and projects. I'm constantly writing down things that I need to get done and remember. But the moment that I put a date or a time on those things, I shut down. A mental list is fine, but once I take pen to paper things go downhill and nothing gets done.
I need spontaneity in life and honestly, I just don't like to be told what to do. I have to do things on my own time when the spirit moves me.
It took me years as a child to learn how to swim and how to ride a bike. It wasn't that I didn't try. But until I was ready to really learn, there was no teaching me.....I still have a scar on my knee to prove it.
Making a definite plan removes the spontaneity of posting (for me) and makes it feel like I'm back in school with a project due. My calendar is my teacher standing in front of me telling me I must get to work.....and I don't like that. And this doesn't just happen with blogging. I can just as easily plan ahead for projects to do around the house or even a week's worth of ideas for supper with the same poor results.
Some people can plan an entire year ahead of time or down to the exact hour. That is why there are so many options available when you go to purchase a day planner. Everyone is different and each of you have an ideal way to get things accomplished. (And then there are people like me, who probably shouldn't bother buying the planner at all!)
There are people who work best early in the morning and those who are most productive late at night. Some need music playing in the background, while others need total silence. Or maybe you need a totally organized space to get something accomplished, while someone else can work just as well in chaos.
There are thousands of tutorials out there that cover everything from the best way to organize, the best way to be more productive, the best way to blog, etc., etc., etc. But none of that will make any difference until you learn what works best for you. I'm learning more and more that what works for other people might not be the secret that I need.
Don't get too down on yourself for not getting things done until you look at whether or not you are setting yourself up for failure or success. Are you doing things that are sabotaging your job well done before you even get started? Many times the things you are doing to help are what turn out to be a hindrance....like in my case, writing out a to-do list!
Just a few words of wisdom for you to ponder today! Have you found that any of this is true in your own life?