Planning and a vegetable garden: Plan-tation

By Ellen Massaro, Professional Organizer


Planning is an art, as often what is imagined is not realised in practice. In many cases this is due to unrealistic timing or to the method of planning. Not getting round to something or not knowing what should get done first does not feel good.

I am convinced that you get more pleasure from working if you have a good overview of what you have to do. Then you are able to make choices and fix priorities. It feels better if you are less dependent on the quirks of the day.

How do you get and maintain a good overview? In my work, I always look for the method that best suits the person and the type of work. What I often come across is that a job or a project is not sufficiently tackled as a collection of small parts. And a good way to get your work done is to divide it into manageable chunks which are then put into a plan.

On one occasion abroad I came across an old drawing in a museum where a landowner had divided his land into clear parcels. Each parcel of land was labelled with the jobs to be done and the time that these would take. The workers could mark the parcels where they wanted to work, and tick them off when the work was completed. The landowner’s philosophy was that work could be more pleasurable if you had a choice and an insight into the time required. This inspired me to make 'Plan-tation' - a simple and inviting way to get your work done.

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