It’s not a perfect science

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to my university days, where my physics teacher dropped some serious wisdom that’s stuck with me ever since.

He compared Maths to physics, explaining how Maths is like a perfect science—everything adds up neatly, like one plus one equals two. But physics? Well, that’s a different ball game. It’s all about observation, experimentation, and adapting to the unexpected. Sound familiar?

Bonjour, in this video, I’m diving into why planning is still worth it, even in the face of life’s unpredictable twists and turns.

When I work with leaders, one of the first things we tackle is time management. We sit down, we prioritize, we plan—it’s like clockwork. But inevitably, I hear the same refrain: “Why bother planning when things always go haywire anyway?”

Here’s the thing: Planning isn’t about guaranteeing perfection. It’s about maximizing your chances of success. Sure, your plans might go off the rails sometimes, but trust me, some planning is better than none at all.

So, how do you plan effectively? Here are my top tips:

Weekly Planning: Set aside time each week to plan out your following week. Take stock of your priorities, projects, and meetings. Need a guide? Head over to our website where I share with you about weekly planning.

Plan for the Unplanned: Leave some time in your schedule to accommodate for the unexpected. Trust me, crises will come knocking. So, if you’re working 10 hours a day, plan for eight, and keep the rest open for the unexpected.

Fine-Tune Daily: Start your day by reviewing your plan and making any necessary adjustments. Flexibility is the key. Things change, and that’s okay. Aim to hit that 80% mark, but don’t sweat it if you fall a little short.

Remember the saying: “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” It may sound cliché, but it’s true. A little planning goes a long way in keeping you on track, even when the road gets rocky.

So, my questions for you are this: Are you making time to plan and prioritize your calendar? Or are you letting the unpredictability of life hold you back?

This is this week’s Work Smarter: Live Better tip.

Happy planning!

A bientôt


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