Do you suffer from OPD – Obsessive Planning Disorder?
I have said before and will again, I struggle with focus. Or, I struggle with doing the right thing at the right time. Let’s take that further, seeing as I am being honest here. I do the wrong thing at the wrong time. I don’t prioritise things with maximum effort. It might even be said that I procrastinate.
Currently, I am bugging someone about something. While I am doing that I am not doing what is actually a priority. I obsess about one thing, it becomes all-consuming and I don’t do what I am supposed to be getting on with. Even when, in this current example, doing what needs to be done will help everything in the long run and give so much clarity to where I am heading.
When this happens I turn to my planner, my journal. I make lists and I write paragraphs to clear my head and put the mess from my mind onto the page for clarity. This helps and it is the primary reason why I plan and journal.
BUT, is this just another form of procrastination? I make my lists. I write away. Then perhaps some stickers or colour for emphasis. And that image is relevant, I’ll stick it in. That ink would make a nice distressed feel to the page, and add even more emphasis to my point and what I should be doing… Oh yes, I was supposed to be doing something. I end up obsessing about the issue there too.
Planning and journaling help me. They are powerful tools that keep me sane and on track, usually. But there is always a danger that they can be misused. If a planner takes all the time from the tasks listed, what is the point? If a journal takes you deeper down the rabbit hole and you never emerge, is it really helpful?
- I am guilty of OPD – Obsessive Planning Disorder
- I am guilty of procrastinating in my planner
- I am guilty of writing about instead of doing
Planning and journaling are vital for me, but I need to keep them in the context of my whole life. I also need to get on with living… so until next time, may your planning be productive and not a form of procrastination.