Plan with Intention

Planning? Planning sounds like a chore. You’re all about spontaneity, being in the moment! Or, maybe you don’t think you’re good at it, so why bother? But, maybe that “inner eye roll” of yours is misplaced.

KELLY PRATT INVITES US TO EMBRACE OUR “BEGINNERS’ MINDS” TO DISCUSS HOW WE SPEND OUR TIME, WHAT INTENTIONAL PLANNING MEANS, AND TAKING PERIODIC QUIET TIME TO LOOK AT WHAT’S FILLING UP OUR CALENDARS – BY ACCIDENT, OR ON PURPOSE.

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.”

— SHUNRYU SUZUKI

So many of us think that “this is how I have to” be productive, run my business, my life, my kids, and so on. But, being aware of and embracing “beginner’s mind” can open us to new ideas that may help us paint the canvases of our lives with more ease, productivity, or purpose.

The So, Do It! Society aims to provide a safe space for its members to explore ideas and discuss sparks of insight.

In this show, several Society Members discuss:

  • Beginner’s Mind
  • Active Listening
  • The Benefits of Constraint
  • What Intentional Planning Means.

What does Beginner’s Mind mean to you?

“I think of AWE. I think of a 2 year-old who finds a pebble on the sidewalk fascinating. I think of (beginner’s mind) as being very present and having your attention delighted by what you’re experiencing in the moment.”

— LORIE MARSH

“When we think of ourselves as experts, we stop listening when somebody tries to tell us something or to help us. We think, ‘I already know that.’ But (beginner’s mind) means active listening and an open mind.”

— SUSAN BRAUER

In the book Leader Effectiveness Training, Thomas Gordon, who coined the term “active listening”, states “Active listening is certainly not complex. Listeners need only restate, in their own language, their impression of the expression of the sender.” (WIKIPEDIA)

The group modeled some examples of active listening with each other, then Kelly asked how many could relate to feeling the “inner eye roll” about their own thoughts at times? We’ve heard or told ourselves that we “should” plan more, but something gets in the way, we get distracted, we “fall off the horse,” we don’t like it, etc.

Kelly asked, ‘How do you defeat this and actively listen to yourself?” The group discussed ways to nip negative self-talk in the bud, and as one member suggested, “listen for the nugget.” Members talked about bringing awareness to any “automatic pilot” thinking that could shut out the possibility for picking up an unexpected “nugget” of insight – and resetting those thoughts from Beginner’s Mind.

Which brought the group to planning: what does it mean to us, is it important, and what does being “intentional” about it mean?

“Creativity – and our genius – craves constraint. If you get too much freedom, you’re like that helium balloon that floats off into the ether.”

— KELLY PRATT

“I think there’s a connotation that “intentional planning” means that you have to sit down and work really hard at it. But, it’s really just choosing to show up for yourself for some quiet time.”

— LORIE MARSH

How About You?

What “constraint” works for you? Are you like Kelly, who sets aside Sunday afternoons to look at her planner? Are you like Susan Brauer, who feels grounded by setting aside time to lay out her calendar? Do you prefer a paper planner, like Cj Staples, or an app of some sort?

Do you sit with yourself weekly, like Kelly? Monthly, like Lorie? Or, do you look at larger chunks of the year at a time?

To see more information about Kelly Pratt’s planners, click on the image.

For our last bit of fun, the discussion turned to setting the tone for your day, your week, your month… Given that Kelly lives in Minnesota, and the region has been experiencing a Polar Vortex, her current theme song is “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor!

What song or songs inspire you to set the tone for your next week or month?

If you’re craving connection with other women who are showing up for their “it” and making sh!t happen, join us in the So, Do It! Society, where you’ll be seen, safe, supported, and celebrated!