Yesterday, I started a new plan to get my daily blog posts back on track after a brief (but disruptive to my normal routine) summer break! The plan I had established was to write this blog post over my morning tea. That would mean that this would have been posted over 4 hours ago... Clearly that did not happen.
So what went wrong?
Well, this morning, I started my workday (my first appointment) earlier than usual AND it was "garbage morning" in our neighbourhood. Between getting the garbage out the door (on time for pick up) and getting myself out the door on time for my first appointment, my "tea time" was a hurried, decidedly non-serene, off-plan experience. So, I did not pull out my laptop, sit calmly and write.
Now, I did think about this as the morning unfolded recognizing that, while my plan went well on "Day 1", "Day 2" would definitely be providing me some useful feedback. So, as I considered, "How did it go?", I was able to see that, on mornings where time pressures arose (and that happens sometimes in unpredictable ways), morning tea and blog writing time would likely take a back seat to other urgent needs. So, what then?
Well, I decided not to adjust my goal - I still want to post daily - so I will need to adjust my plan. Here is a new plan going forward. I will write during morning tea; if this is not possible, I will pack my laptop with. me and write during my lunch break - this is today's plan in action. In either case, I will post the blog for release at 1 pm each day to provide consistency.
This is the art of self-management ("S.I.G.H."-ing) in action. When things do not go according to plan, you have a choice to adjust your goals or adjust your plan - and try again. This is the path to achieving goals you set - whether you're learning to be a blogger or develop new skills as a parent.
Here's to learning and growth through self-management!
And don't worry, in future blog posts, I'll discuss how to help your children learn this skill as well ;)