Back-of-the-Closet-Door Planning

It is 12:01 am. Ray and I are back up in Ojai for the night. We have some work to do here tomorrow so we came on up this evening. We have been talking for a couple of hours, discussing plans of what we want to do in the future, how we want to tackle this next phase of our lives. Problem-solving, looking at what we have and how we can best use it to meet our long-term goals. We agreed that we need to return to the “back-of-the-closet-door” method that we’ve used in the past.

“Huh?” you ask. “What exactly is that?”

That is where we write down all of the tasks that need to be done to achieve a certain goal on post-it notes and stick them on the back of a closet door. (So, when the door is closed, you can’t see them.) That way we have a way to see what we need to do visually and also a way to acknowledge what we’ve gotten accomplished. I can ‘t remember if in the past we moved the completed items over to the other part of the door, but I can see the value in that. An outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible intention. It’s remarkable how effective that method has been for us in the past. Post it on the door, move it (or remove it) when completed.

Of course, the reason it works is because we have agreed upon a specific goal and then broken it into small parts in order to achieve it. From there, it’s a piece of cake. Just do part I, then part II, then part III, etc., until that goal has been reached. I guess that might be the key to achieving pretty much anything that is complicated. Just deciding on what you want to achieve and then breaking it down into do-able parts. One piece at a time.

So, that’s what we’re going to do to get our future plans in order.

A good talk. A good plan.

And now I believe I’ll get ready for bed.

I’ll be checking with you again tomorrow.

Sweet dreams.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeanne Guy says:

    Ha! This is hysterical. It’s how Robert and I got packed and moved back to Texas in 2007. Sticky notes galore moved from one side of a sliding glass office door to the other when accomplished each day for a month. If the day’s sticky notes were completed, we’d get to watch an episode or two of our favorite series at the time. Worked like a charm AND created a well-bonded team of two.

    Your system also works for getting a memoir written, or necessary introspection times, or grocery shopping lists. LOL

    You will now forever be my SNS: Sticky Note Sister. ❤️📝

    1. Lol. That is hilarious. Okay, SNS, we have yet another reason we are bonded. Love you AND Robert.

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