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There is the truth of a saying that if ‘you pick your battles, you’ll win the war.’

This is more about knowing when a skirmish is a small thing and when a battle is a big thing. It’s about taking the time to have all the things in line, that losing a small thing doesn’t derail the big thing.

I showed my planner to someone the other day, and they were immediately overwhelmed.

Just looking at it.

They didn’t see my lists of lists and my daily entries or the duplicate listing of days to weeks, and weeks to months. Because that is my system^.

But I made that choice to organize what I was doing into smaller lists and have running lists of things I want to do, things that I need to do, and things that I should do–because I feel better when I do them.

I know what happens when I don’t pick my battles. This is my reminder which battles I chose.

Because I have a tendency to take things and barrel through them.

What matters?

The goal of this is to explain why you have to have the four corners that I talked about in a previous post. They were a part of a systemic process.

Basically a fancy trial and error that I did what was suggested and if it worked, I kept it. If it didn’t work, I modified a bit to see if this thing was just not calibrated to my needs and if that didn’t work, I’d put the tool to the side.

It didn’t work for me, and that time I’d spend on it could be better served to finding a different tool.

Now, when I came across the same tool with a different modification than the one I had come up with, I’d try it again. After all, I was a different person now, with newer tools in my toolbox and I’d changed.

Sometimes, it never works.

Like the ‘pick three things’ you have to get done for the day and only have those three things on your list.

Yeah, no, I feel boxed in and cornered and I don’t like that feeling so I derail the entire day. (I recently tried this early in the year and did I derail like a queen.)

My personal favorite tactic to get things done is to have a list of 11-14 things that I list out the night before, and expect a passing grade* (60%) for the day, week, and month. If I have other things that need to get done that day that I didn’t list the night before I can add them to the list though I do like to keep it under 20 total. This keeps it from getting ridiculous.

Now here’s the fun part. I have post prep, write 1000 words, and other things as a part of things that end up on the list every single day.

When I write a post, and it comes out to say 1029 words I get to check off TWO things not just one. I like putting these little ‘cheaters’ in because it makes me want to do the things that grow my business and make me feel better about getting all the things done.

This is more about knowing when the big things that will get done because I can only move them over so many times before I finally , go ‘- – – – it, I’m going to do this’ and get it done. Then it feels like a great thing because it’s been taking up a lot of space in my head as an unfinished project.**

So let yourself try tactics and give them enough time to know if they work, if they are an adjustment, or if they just don’t work for you and then put them to the side for letting someone else know what could work.

All the spaces and places where you can grow,
J

^I mean is it an inch and a half thick binder looking thing #discboundallday

*D’s get degrees. My poly sci II class would be proof. I had feelings about a large assignment that I didn’t feel had any growing in poly sci class and refused to do it. It was also a 7am class.

**Like finally painting the rest of my drawers of my dresser that is a project that I started when I still lived in Texas (circa 2016) and finally worked on in April 2020.

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