Day 353: Resolving 2012 – Making A Good Plan

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The plan didn't go as we expected.

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” Pablo Picasso

My husband and I thought we had a great plan.  We went early to the wedding which was several hours away.  We stopped and successfully found supplies that have been missing in Bangkok since the flood.  What could pass the remaining time more perfectly than a relaxing meal on the beach?  The food arrived and was made with some old crab.  Having experience to draw on, we knew that we needed to pay and leave.  Though it was an expensive mistake, at least we didn’t add to it a trip to the hospital with food poisoning.

With 2012 right around the corner, I’m trying to make a new plan.  This year, I had several resolutions, two of which I’ve kept.  This PostaDay 2011 was one of the challenges I kept, and now I’d like something new and exciting to start 2012.

Here are some things I hope to consider when making my plan.

1. Something that stretches me: A plan I consider good is one that I know will be good for me.  This PostaDay challenge was perfect, and I took it on because writing is not my forte.  It forced me to be vulnerable and stretched me in many other ways too.  (I’ll share more about this in my final post this year.)

2. Something that’s doable: A good plan will be one that I know I can do if I set my mind to it.  The PostaDay challenge was measurable, and WordPress gave us good support.  Having other people doing the challenge gave me courage to continue.

3. Something that allows me to create: I find I’m happiest when I’m making something new.  This year, I was able to make a new post every day.  Some days I was very unhappy with my entry, but I was able to be creative in a different way than ever before.

4. Something that helps me learn:  Besides creating, my plan should include learning something new.  I’m thinking of getting back to my computer languages.  My plans aren’t complete, but I know they’ll include learning.

The time is ticking, and I could start the year without a plan. I know, however, that I tend to accomplish what I plan to do.  What kind of plans are you making for the new year?

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4 responses »

  1. I love this idea of planning your plan! I didn’t catch onto the postaday as posts but did it as a picture a day. Not sure if I could do it as posts though as I found posting a picture each day difficult. I’m really interested in what you choose to do & hope it is something that I will be able to share even if it is in occasional posts!

    • Julia, I hope to keep up with your post after I finish this challenge. It has been so wonderful meeting you. What kinds of things do you have planned for next year? I haven’t come up with something really exciting yet.

  2. Planning with purpose is what I was taught. Set a goal and plan to achieve it. It works great in perfectly aligned world, poses challenges when your plan relies on lot of other parameters beyond your control. E.g. I can plan for a project at work, a pretty much controlled environment & for most part I can be assured that all line items will go as expected. Planning for monthly finances on the other hand has lot of unimaginable parameters that are beyond our control. Your PostaDay plan is more like plan in aligned world. You have almost all the control; it can’t go wrong unless you fizzle out. Yeah may be in a rare instance your ISP can’t reach WP for a day or longer. In my memory it only happened onece in last five years. Entire south Asia was cut off the web. Anyways summing it up, your health crapping out after a crab meal is due to parameters beyond your control in your plan; unless you make a foolproof plan by including a food testing kit along with your dine out plan 🙂

    • Oh, so true! If only we had one of those food tasting kits. But wouldn’t we look like a bunch of weirdos going around testing all the food we’re about to eat? LIfe is short and we plan what we can—which leaves us more time for the spontaneous! …Love your thoughts. Thanks for stopping in!

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