Don’t get so caught up in planning that you fail to act (i.e. paralysis by analysis). A plan does not need to be watertight, only indicative and motivating. You can always return to it as time goes on and add more. There is no such thing as perfection and trying to reach this at the commencement of a plan is wasted effort.
It is only possible to anticipate so much, so be ready to react, too, if something unexpected comes up. Flexibility is a key positive trait of a proactive person. Being proactive means anticipating and preparing for all possible outcomes, not controlling your future.
Have a To-Do list, if you’re not sure what needs to be done, and when it needs to be done, you’ll think that those things are not important. Plus, checking off things feels great!
- Allow time to complete things.
- Set time aside for the unexpected.
Don’t expect perfection. No one is perfect. It’s better to try your best than do nothing at all.
- You may procrastinate in order to give yourself an excuse for a under performance. This cycle is self-defeating.
- Remember: An imperfect job done today is always superior to the perfect job delayed indefinitely.
Stay focused. Say “no” to playing a DVD or texting your friends. Build confidence in your ability to make choices.
Just get started. Going from doing nothing to doing something is often the hardest part. Imagine how good you will feel when everything is off your mind.
- It takes about 15 minutes after starting to become engaged. Good news! .. Once you’ve reached this level of engagement, you will see that it is hard to stop!