Having All Your Elephants In A Row

I'm a planner. I like to plan my day, dinner, weekend activities, fun vacations, career goals - you know ... where my life is going. I like knowing what I need to do and when, and what is going on - having all my elephants in a row. And I get very fraustrated when my plan gets thrown off balance. This week has tested my patience because it seems like nothing has gone as I planned. It was so bad that Thursday afternoon I was SO aggrevated I had to go get chocolate chip cookies to calm myself down.


I'm generally a happy person and it takes a lot to get me frustrated but this week has resulted in 2 proposals, unhappy clients, earthquakes, hurricanes, website development and copy. OH, BTW, guess who's getting a new website? WE ARE!! But I digress - I had my week all planned out for what I needed to get done and my task list but that just wasn't in the cards for me. By the time I closed my computer Thursday night at around 10:30pm I had already clocked 40 hours for the week and I wasn't even close to done yet. Luckily for me I have an awesome team that hunkers down with me and just gets things done (THANKS COCO!).


The lesson that I need to learn this week is that as great as it is to plan, you have to be flexible. There is this delicate balance between planning too much and being flexible. The more rigid you are in your plan the more aggrevated you will be when it doesn't go the way you want it too. This is the hard part for me because when I get fraustrated, I get overwhelmed and when I get overwhelmed I get stalled and then nothing gets done. I'm always striving to personally develop and this is an area that I'm working on ... EVERYDAY.


I need you advice. I want to know - how do you handle the stress of things not going as you planned?