When I plan things, and thankfully I don’t do it nearly as much as I did before, everything follows the same pattern. I stick to the plan for a couple of days, maybe even a whole week, and from there things start degrading. I skip exercises. I cheat with junk food. I oversleep and don’t have time to meditate. You probably experienced it too.
Now, I firmly believe in being adaptable and instead of creating rock-solid plans, you should concentrate upon building a strong willpower and resting sufficiently so that you don’t need a specific concrete plan, but can improvise inspired by your general guidelines. Let me expand a bit on this.
You focus on building willpower. There are ways and techniques to do this. This part is most important, as it gives you the fuel to do absolutely everything else. In order to maintain willpower, it is of extreme importance to give yourself enough rest. I cannot stress this enough. If you are too tired to do things you want to do, no plan is going to make you do them. Rest a lot. Take one day per week, say Sunday, and do not do anything. Literally. Do not play video games or watch TV. Books are allowed but only for a small period during the day. So no work, no TV, no video games. If you’re bored, you’re on the good track, keep on going. Boredom is what you want to achieve. Seems kind of odd, but if you’re bored and bored and bored, you’ll jump at the opportunity to do something and you’ll turn it into something magnificent. You may meditate, think, daydream, maybe write into a diary, but no work is allowed. No. Work.
When you achieve this, you can improvise. Remember Ido Portals three I’s: isolation, integration, improvisation. When you’re sufficiently rested, you can decide at that moment what you want to do. You do not need a plan telling you what’s on the agenda for that day. You are sufficiently rested and you can make a conscious, rational, cognitively present decision and you can do what you should do.
However, sometimes planning is indispensable. If you have to make a plan, it’s no use to avoid it. Make the plan, but make a good plan. I’m not going to go into plan-making techniques, but I’ll just give a word of advice: know your inhibitors. If you plan something, also try to plan against it. Think of ways that your plan would backfire. In which ways could you stop sticking to it? What would be the cause of it? Try to predict things that are going to get in between you and your plan, and then plan again and against them. Because there truly are things that are going to come up in between. There are people that will demand your time. There are obligations that will come up from nowhere. Things happen, relationships happen, people happen. Try to see what will happen to you that will cause you to abandon your plan, and than plan again according to it.
Make plans only if absolutely necessary, and if you do, double-plan according to your possible inhibitors. Build willpower and rest enough so you can improvise on doing things you want to do.