On Planning

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I am simultaneously a planner and a non-planner. That is, I like to plan some things way far in advance, and for others, last-minute is just fine. One of my other traits, however, is to get overwhelmed if I have a lot of planning to do. And right now, I have a lot of planning I need to do. That's where others come in--folks who can suggest strategies and ways I can lay out what I need to do without becoming overwhelmed. 

Projects at work, for the kids, for teaching, for the fellowship I attend, for myself, and for my house. How do I mesh them all together? I'm considering using Project for this, but honestly, the format somewhat overwhelms me and I don't really know how to get started. Part of me thinks I just need to get some big white paper, lay out everything, and go from there. Maybe with crayons. Figure out where the chunks go and how I might organize them. Or index cards. I just think I need something physical to help me to get started. 

Anyone else have ideas? What do you do to help you to plan? 

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I'd have to suggest not fearing the use of "analog". I'm facing similar planning and scheduling nightmares, so I just printed out blank calendars for the next few months. That way, for the next few days, I can make notes as I work from all the sources needing my planning efforts. Then, I'll "digitize" what I need to so planning assistants, like electronic calendars and smartphones can keep me informed and reminded.

I feel like I've got a better handle on what will need to be done when, so I can stop worrying about future things and take care of what needs attention now.

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