Last weekend I moved and was exhausted afterwards! And I know why. Due to preparations for the launch of my online mentoring platform in July 2014 I decided to do everything in a very short and intense timeframe.
This could have given no problems, had I planned the move well ahead. Unfortunately, that’s not what I did – I skipped most of the planning. Living in a small place, my foregone conclusion was that there wasn’t that much stuff to move. “So, what’s the big deal?” I figured.
In hindsight, a few problems that popped up could have been prevented with some planning:
- Sorting out your belongings a little while beforehand shows what you want to keep and what you can give or throw away. (It also turned out I had much more than I remembered!) This helps you staying on top of everything on the actual days of the move because you’re not wondering what to do with some possessions.
- When you plan out the day and something unfortunate happens, you most likely know how to deal with that. During the move, it turned out some furniture items were wider than the staircase allowed in the new place. No matter how it was lifted, turned and twisted. Valuable time was lost figuring this out! Checking out the past and future state.
- Knowing what lies ahead makes it easier to settle in. The opportunity to move came unexpected and I didn’t give it much thought until I was in the new place. Learning came quickly: what is not yet done, what has changed, etc. Dealing with these things took more time than anticipated after the actual move.
I am a big believer in planning ahead (hence my focus on preparing for the launch of my online B2B mentoring platform). Here’s why:
- Planning helps being more efficient (you know what fits and what doesn’t)
- When a problem pops up, you know quickly how to deal with this as you researched past/present/future state
- It decreases the actual amount of time needed to implement. I was so tired from packing up that when moving I was far less effective and flexible than I could have been.
It’s been a trying week with long days filled with packing out, moving boxes from one place to another and working in a half-set up office. Would you plan ahead for changes?
Image credit: By Ildar Sagdejev (Specious) (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons