It's okay to change the plan

Alex Sugg
Alex Sugg

Be ruthless with your plans in favor of your objective. If the strategy doesn't support the goal, then change it.

We all have made plans that didn't work out. New years resolutions, fad diets, or working on your creative project more often... I'm only here to talk about that last part, although I think the idea can work across the board.

When a plan isn't working, it is okay to ditch it.

This is easier said than done. We can grow attached to our plans, even if they aren't working for us. This is because we think that by changing the plan, we are forced to change the outcome we are hoping for at the end. We don't want to miss the goal, so we are afraid to let go of a system we thought would work.

This obviously is not the truth when you step back and see it objectively. In fact, if you're paying attention, changing your plan to support your objective will help you get there faster. Don't keep using a method that isn't working.

We need to find that distinction in our minds. Your goal and the plan to achieve that goal need to be assigned early in the process.

Publishing a blog post once a week is a goal. The time you schedule to write is the plan.

Those are distinct from each other, but it's easy to forget that. So a goal might be, you want to write a blog once a week, or I want to take and share a photo every day on Instagram. Those are outcomes, not plans.

A plan is how you achieve the outcome. So let's say you want to publish a blog every week. If you take 15 minutes on your lunch break, but find that every time you sit down to write, you get interrupted by your slacks, emails, and messages going off. Before you know it, your time gets burned up.

This is when you change the plan. How writing for an hour before your workday starts or an hour before going to bed? That way, you don't get interrupted.

Same goal, different plan. Be ruthless with your plans in favor of your objective. If the strategy doesn't support the goal, then change it.

This can go for anything, and it happens a lot on accident. Our mindsets, our schedules, our priorities. A lot of the time, we never make a plan at all. This creates a sort of unwanted system in and of itself.

So what are some plans that need to be changed to achieve a goal for you?