And another thing...
This time last year I was planning - planning to trek the Inca Trail and implementing all sorts of business ideas. The trip happened (yep, that is the back of my head in the photo!), some of the ideas came to fruition, many didn't - and that is OK!
This year, my planning horizon is about 2 hours. And you know what....even when things return to 'normal' (whatever that is!) I am tempted not to change. As far as I am aware I have not dropped too many (important) balls and I think it has left me much more flexible and able to react to whatever is thrown at me.
Many of the planning systems involve detailed targets, lists, structure. For some that may work. However I think they can also restrict and leave you less able to react to those balls that fly in from left field. And how many people, companies, write plans that go in the drawer and never see the light of day again? Tick box exercises rarely achieve much!
So my suggestion is this:
Use the next few days to reflect.on the departing year. What went well? What didnt? Looking back for the purpose of learning can reduce the risk of making the same mistakes!
When looking forward, get clear on where you want to end 2018, however avoid dwelling on the 'how' to get there.
I have told many clients about the satnav approach to planning and people love it. I will talk more about it in the next Mind Matters but for now, have a glass of mulled wine and just dream. If you could turn the clock forward to December 2018, what would you like to see, feel, have...? Be really specific, just like that post code you put into your TomTom.
And in Jan, I hope I can join you on the next part of the journey to get you there!