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If you don’t have a plan you won’t get anything done

Have a plan so you don't overcook your eggs

Today is my first day of summer vacation. The first day I can concentrate on writing my book and being productive. I went to bed last night with a vague idea of what I wanted to do today.

I didn’t write it down. My plan was vague.

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. this morning and started to read blog posts. Then I started to read the comments on the blog posts. Three hours later I  have emerged from an internet fog of he said,  she said, and then she said he said.

It is 8:00 a.m.  I didn’t walk the dog , eat my breakfast or write. I am hungry and frustrated. My eggs are overcooked, my dog is sad, and my manuscript file is unopened.

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!
― Benjamin Franklin

Excuse me while I write down my plan for the day. I don’t want to plan to fail. Benjamin Franklin planned his days. I started a Benjamin Franklin habit on January 2nd of this year. It appears I have forgotten the wisdom of Mr. Franklin.

Today is a new day, a Benjamin Franklin day. I am going to walk the dog, eat my overcooked egg and write my book. ( I also have to clean the basement, scrub stains out of the carpet, and clean seven litter boxes.)

Do you write down your plans? 


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Iya Hannum

    Oh, Pamela, you should ask my children someday about my plans and lists- they are a permanent fixture in our house- and each and every one of them knows that if they add something to the list, it will get done. Rigidly organized to the core is not all that much fun, I promise, especially when life (as it always does) throws curve balls.

    • I will ask your son the next time I see him about your lists. Today I will make a list and see if I get more done. For someone who is rigidly organized you appear to still smile and have time to create.

  • margaret simon

    I sometimes feel guilty about my internet fog and blog habit, but then I read and smile because we are all guilty. It’s more fun being in this together! Are you joining Teachers Write? I’m hoping that will focus me.

    • Yes, we are in this together. Margaret, what is Teachers Write?

  • I agree with Janelle, being organized is not really in my nature. I love google docs cause I can put stuff in there and look it up from anywhere. That’s my whole organizational plan right there.

    • Oh, a great idea. I will start working in there more. Now to remember to use it.

  • Janelle

    Sometimes I do. I’m more productive when I write things down. Being organized is not my nature so I have to keep working at it.

    • Being organized is not my nature either. I feel like I am trying to wear someone else coat that is too small.