This is part 2 in a 3 part series about using a project plan to accomplish any goal you have. Part 1 can be found here
So you have defined your goals, picked a deadline, laid out a plan and are ready to put that plan into action.
Then life happens.
Suddenly your well-laid plan, has become unrealistic. The schedule doesn’t work, you get sick, other projects/goals pop up, or any number of things that can slow down a project. These are things that can be expected, or unexpected, but you have to plan for them. That’s life, and life happens. Sucks, doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to.
In project planning for business, it is always good to build in a little bit of extra time to the project, for any unforeseen, or unplanned, deviations to the plan. That aspect is very important in your planning for personal goals, as it allows life to happen. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could set out to do a goal and could dedicate 100% of your time to that goal until it was achieved? YES!, but who are we kidding, that is unrealistic.
Using the 5k metaphor from the first part in the series, it is conceivable that if you worked out, 8-10 hours a day for 2 weeks straight, you would have put in the requisite amount of work to train your body and mind to run a 5k. But aside from the professionals and the unemployed, it is unrealistic to expect that of yourself.
Your body needs time to rest, your life needs your attention elsewhere.
Instead, plan to workout for 1-2 hours, 3-4 times a week, or every other day. Now you have a plan that does not compromise the rest of your life, while allowing you to accomplish the goal you set out to accomplish.
Be aggressive. An unrealistic plan that forces you to sacrifice other necessary aspects of your life is not a plan you are likely to stick to. Similarly, a plan that has you working out once a week for 6 months in order to train for your 5k is also not likely a plan you are going to stick to. Plan for life to happen. Build in the flex time. Set yourself up for success.