What My Yard Work Taught Me About Planning

This has been the first summer where I had to look after my yard, my garden and my flowers all by myself. I will admit, I had a hard time with it in the beginning. My frustrations were caused by my miscalculations of how long it would take me to weed my vegetable garden, for example. Until this summer, there were at least three people available to do the work. And most times we would pick one evening, or one day and the three of us would do all the work that needed to be done in about three hours’ time.

But here I was, weeding by myself. No matter how hard I tried to get it all done in three hours, it just didn’t happen. By the time June rolled around I was so frustrated with it all that I wanted to throw the towel in. But then I decided to take a week off work, and my first item on the agenda was to at least clean up my yard. I did not plan to plant any vegetables or flowers. I just wanted a clean yard.

I worked three long days to get it all cleaned up. My body ached after so much physical labor, but I started to enjoy my work. There was no pressure to be done in a certain amount of time. While mowing the lawn or weeding the flower beds or my vegetable garden I learned so many valuable lessons. After this major clean up I decided to keep up with the yard work by scheduling manageable blocks of time every week. My attitude changed once I had made a reasonable plan. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed my “outdoors” as much as I did this summer.

What did I learn?

I have to adjust my plan to
my current circumstances!

How could I even expect to finish the work by myself in the same amount of time the three of us did?

This lesson does not only apply for my yard work. I can also apply it to other matters that I plan. For the last 22 years I had children in the house. The cleaning plan, for example, worked with children and teenagers. But now there are only adults in the house. Our schedules are so different from even a few months ago. We all have to adjust and figure out a new plan!

A new school year is about to start. No, I don’t have children that go to school anymore. But we’ve got adults going to school and working part-time.

How do you adjust your plan to your current circumstances?

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