How to Get Over "Over-Planning" Syndrome...?

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Hello, one reocurring theme that I've seen is the marketer's need for continuous planning. This is the WORST form of procrastination because while planning - you feel like you're productive.

Many marketers "including me" have wasted time planning for things that never happen - so what's one of the ways to overcome this?

One thing that I do now is to procrastinate my planning until I hit milestones. Like I'll have a notebook and say:

Plan To Recruit JV Partners
Milestone: After I Have Completed the Product

What are Your Techniques?
#overplanning #syndrome
  • Profile picture of the author walterwombat
    I just allot 1 hour at the end of the work day to planning for the next day and for future projects.

    I used to find myself side-tracked by overplanning. It wasn't a complete waste of time as good ideas came out of it. You do have to keep adjusting plans as you learn more. You do naturally learn more as you get deeper into a project. .

    However, there came a point where I realised that this was becoming a time-management problem. Therefore, I decided to only allow myself to plan for a specified amount of time when all my work for the day is complete. .Like you, I keep a book with plans and lists of milestones and when I would like them to be completed
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    • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
      Originally Posted by walterwombat View Post

      I just allot 1 hour at the end of the work day to planning for the next day and for future projects.

      I used to find myself side-tracked by overplanning. It wasn't a complete waste of time as good ideas came out of it. You do have to keep adjusting plans as you learn more. You do naturally learn more as you get deeper into a project. .

      However, there came a point where I realised that this was becoming a time-management problem. Therefore, I decided to only allow myself to plan for a specified amount of time when all my work for the day is complete. .Like you, I keep a book with plans and lists of milestones and when I would like them to be completed
      Same here. I plan the night before, and I wake-up the next morning knowing exactly what to do. I spend like 5-10 minutes planning at max. If I get ideas throughout the day I jot them down on a notepad that I keep with me, but I don't do any planning until I'm ready to knock out for the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    so start underplanning
    it will soon balance out
    life is all about balance
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    over planning is just the same as fantasizing to much ..

    i am a p.i.t.a about this but plan from where you are to the next point you need to be ,

    if you are making 3k a month at a job .. plan out a business that makes you 3 k a month.. or start with a few hundred a week then work up to the 3 k.. and when you get to the point you have 6 months to a year to live off of .. give up the job then plan how to make more if you need to .

    if it takes more than 15 minutes for you to plan out the next days activities .. you need to build much better daily routines and habits ..

    learn to cook.. without using recipes but have 90 percent of what you make take good to the average pallet ..

    you need to plan to much falls off if there is only a small time period ever day that has variance that needs planning . something like a doctors appointment or a trip the the grociery store .. should have been worked in well before the day before .
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  • Profile picture of the author fsiegel
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    I have honestly overplanned things way too much. I over envision things and I think it has pros and cons.
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  • Profile picture of the author cyberdenizen
    I used to over-plan. I was a perfectionist. I accomplished very little as a result. I worried about making mistakes and about things that were beyond my control. Then I realized that it is counterproductive and that I needed to allow myself to make mistakes and to fail. Now, I've adopted the quote "fail forward fast" as my motto. (I think John Maxwell originated that phrase, but I'm not sure.)
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