Note: This episode is the audio version of my new video series How To Plan Properly As A Perfectionist. Watch the video series HERE.
When perfectionists follow the same planning advice as everyone else, we get in our way.
That’s why the first step in the PGSD Process is making the Three Month Commitment to practice Power Planning.
Power Planning covers everything perfectionists must do to plan properly. It’s a simple 3 step process that anyone can learn, and I walk you through it in detail in today’s episode.
Listening in will help you follow through with your plans (even when the unexpected happens), get your most important tasks done consistently and effectively, and finish each day feeling accomplished and organized. All while being kind to yourself in a way that makes you more productive, not less.
If you’re a chronic procrastinator, you never finish what you start and you NEVER follow through with your plans, this is for you.
In This Episode You’ll Learn:
- The difference between procrasti-planning and planning properly
- A step-by-step walkthrough of Power Planning
- Exactly what you need to do to Power Plan each week
- How Power Planning helps perfectionists get out of their own way
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FULL EPISODE TRANSCRIPT
Hi, and welcome to another episode of The Perfectionism Project. A podcast full of perfectionism advice for entrepreneurs. My name is Sam Laura Brown, I help entrepreneurs release their perfectionism handbrake, so they can get out of their own way and build a fulfilling and profitable business. I’m the founder of the perfectionist getting shit done group coaching program, which is otherwise known as PGSD. And for even more perfectionism advice to help you with your business, you can follow me on Instagram @perfectionismproject.
In this episode, I’m sharing with you a video series that I created on how to plan properly as a perfectionist using power planning. In this series, it is broken into three parts and we have combined them together into this episode. So it is super easy for you to listen on the go. So the first part I cover the difference between procrasti-planning versus planning properly. And I talked about the difference between being in the burnout cycle versus being in the consistency cycle where you are showing up consistently and being productive without burning out.
So I cover that, then in the second video in this series, I go through step by step, what it looks like to be power planning. What you need to do in your Power Hour. What you need to do when you’re doing your little tweaks and what you need to do in your weekly review. So those are the three steps of power planning, your power hour, little tweaks, weekly review. So I cover exactly what needs to be done, like the basics of that, so that you are able to start using power planning.
And in the third video, I talk about the full process for getting out of your own way, and invite you in to join us inside PGSD to really master planning properly and getting all of the tools that you need to have your growth goal which has a huge impact on your power planning, because that is your north star and the way that you figure out what’s important versus what isn’t.
And really inside PGSD, it’s going to have you taking all of this from intellectual knowing and understanding to having you actually practice that and use it so that you can change your life with it and change your business with it and having you have the support and community and everything that you need and could possibly want in order to get out of your own way and really feel empowered and supported in doing that.
So in these videos, I am talking with slides. They’re very basic, though. But we will link up in the show notes if you are wanting to see the video version of this, where you can do that if you prefer it that way. But since you are listening to the podcast, you probably enjoy that. So I want you to know that you can just listen to this like a normal podcast episode. And just trust that you’re going to get what you need to get from this episode.
And even if you’re already familiar with power planning, maybe you’re already a PGSDer, I really encourage you to listen to this episode. Still, every time you hear this, it’s going to really help you to take your understanding to that deeper level, so that it’s even easier to implement it and to have you actually use in power planning and benefiting from it. And to really know as well, and I talk about this in this series, that planning properly, is really just one part of the process of getting out of your own way.
There’s also clean rest that you need. So the process is planned properly, follow thru 80% of time, rest without guilt and repeat. And so we talk in this video series about the basics of planning properly and what that looks like. So that you really have an understanding around that. And you can see where you’re not doing that and you can then start planning properly. But there’s also other steps as well. And we cover those and master those inside PGSD.
So I really want to make sure that you know about the opportunity to join us in these videos as well. I mentioned that the enrollment dates for the next enrollment period will be below the video. So just so you know, at the time this episode is going out. The next enrollment dates for PGSD are at 6am, New York time on the 27th of July, the doors will open. And then they will close at 11:59pm New York time on the second of August. And we anticipate there’ll be one more open enrollment period during 2022. And then we won’t be opening again till 2023.
I really want to invite you in side in side our next enrollment period. And we will also in the shownotes put the dates as well, so that you can mark them on your calendar and get ready to join us because we really want to help you get out of your own way. And if you’ve been loving this podcast and I know you want to get out of your own way to match made in heaven. So join us inside PGSD and I really hope that you get a lot from this series. And yeah, so here we go.
Welcome to this series on how to plan properly as a perfectionist. My name is Sam Laura Brown, I am a perfectionism coach for entrepreneurs. I’m the host of the top rated podcast, the perfectionism project, and founder of the group coaching program perfectionist getting shit done, which is otherwise known as PGSD. So I’m going to be teaching you the basics of how to plan properly as a perfectionist, ie how to plan in a way that gets your perfectionist mindset on your side and working for you instead of against you.
And specifically, in this first video, I’m going to be teaching you the difference between procrasti-planning and planning properly. So this is for you, if you feel so overwhelmed by your to do list that you often do nothing at all. You put things off until the last minute and end up burning yourself out. You go to your followers on social media, or maybe it’s your email list subscribers, and then you announce your return that you’re back, and then you only end up ghosting them again, you eat lunch at your desk, usually while procrasti-learning.
So you love learning about business and personal development. You’re always hungry to learn more, and you spend a lot of your time doing that. You can’t get yourself to do what you need to do to build your business. So if someone was to ask you what the next steps would be, and what are the most important tasks, you know the answer to that. But when it comes to implementation, you find yourself prioritizing busy work, and you feel guilty when you’re not working on your business.
And the big reason for this is because you don’t feel like you’re making the time the most of the time that you do have to work on your business. And also that you don’t have enough time as it is. So you should be working more. So perfectionist can’t follow the same planning advice as everyone else. And when we do we get in our own way. So let’s dissect this a little. What does it mean to be a perfectionist? Because there are so many misconceptions around what it means to be a perfectionist and to be in that perfectionist mindset.
Perfectionism isn’t toxic, it’s not the enemy, you don’t need to overcome it. Perfectionism is just a set of beliefs. And when we really understand what perfectionism is, we are better able to release our perfectionism handbrake and get out of our own way and do all the things that we know what we need to do to build the business. So perfectionism, let’s talk about I love the Brene Brown quote, that perfectionism and perfectionist are just in this belief that if we could just do everything perfectly, and look perfect, then we can avoid blame, judgment and shame.
This means that perfectionism is really a strategy to avoid shame. And a lot of times, perfectionism is less about doing everything perfectly, and more about avoiding imperfection, hence the getting in our own way, we would rather not do something at all than to do anything imperfectly. And there are five ways that perfectionism tends to manifest. That is overwhelm procrastination, burnout, all or nothing, thinking and fear of judgment. So when we are planning in the same way as everyone else, what tends to happen is our perfectionist mindset and our perfectionist thoughts are triggered.
And it makes us get in our own way, we have so much knowledge, we know what to do, but we aren’t able to do it, because the way that we’re planning makes us overthink, second guessed, procrastinate, feel overwhelmed being this all or nothing mindset, so that we look at a long to do list. And if we can’t get it all done, we think well, what’s the point, I’m just going to do nothing at all. And I’m going to talk about the burnout cycle in a second because you might be familiar with what that looks like. And it’s really helpful to understand and to also know, you’re not alone with this. So when we follow the same planning advice as everyone else, we get in our own way.
So let’s have a look specifically at what it looks like when we are procrasti-planning. So when we are planning as a form of procrastination, so there’s a lot of writing and rewriting to do lists. And also when we are planning in a way that makes us procrastinate, that’s procrasti-planning. So let’s talk about what this looks like. And this is going to be able to help you to plan properly when you can really identify when you were in this cycle. Again, there is nothing wrong with you this all is just a sign that you aren’t planning properly.
As a perfectionist you’ve just been following a lot of good planning advice that is out there, but it has been triggering your perfectionist mindset and making you get in your own way. So here’s what happens. First of all, you write a long to do lists. Maybe you have multiple to do lists, but you’ve got this long laundry list of things that you know you need to do things that you want to do things that you should do. Then what happens is you feel overwhelmed, there’s so much on your to do list that you don’t even know where to start plus, you don’t have all the time that you want to have to work on your business.
So that adds this extra layer of pressure. So you feel completely overwhelmed, and then you do nothing at all. So we perfectionist, I just want to caveat this when I say do nothing, we perfectionists don’t like doing nothing. So this probably isn’t going to look like sitting on the couch, what it’s going to look like is often productive procrastination. So it might look like for you, for example, procrasti-cleaning, but you won’t be working on your business in the way that you know, you should so then you feel guilty, because you know, you aren’t doing enough, then what happens is you do busy work.
So this could have like procrasti-learning, like, okay, maybe I’ll revisit a module from a marketing program that I’m in, maybe you spent a lot of time editing and re editing graphics, you are working on your business. And maybe also you’re jumping from task to task getting like everything about 80% done, and then jumping on to the next thing. So you are working on the business and you are making some money in your business, like it’s not like you are doing nothing at all, but you aren’t doing the most important things.
And there might be things that get pushed from one to do list to the next to the next to the next to the next. And you know, those things are really going to be helpful with growing your business. But you always seem to run out of time for them. Because you’re busy doing the other things that yes are important, but that are also helping you to feel busy and feel like you’re being productive, then you feel behind because when you are either doing nothing, and you might be spending your time like procrasti-cleaning and that kind of thing.
Or you are procrasti-learning and doing busy work, I like to call it procrasti-working, then you feel behind and this can be especially crippling. When you are feeling like you are doing too much you’re exhausted. But also you get to the end of every week and you feel like you didn’t even get anything done so you feel more behind. So then you write an even longer to do list to try and make up for past procrastination. And then it just amplifies this cycle and this will result in burnout.
So your full is your problem. This is so important to know your follow through problem is just a planning problem. It’s not a motivation problem, it’s not a willpower problem. It is just a planning problem. And anyone can learn how to plan properly as a perfectionist. So in this series, I’m going to be sharing how to use power planning to plan properly. But in this video, I just want to briefly introduce you to it.
So first of all, we have your power hour, then we have little tweaks and your weekly review. These are the three steps for planning properly, so that you can be consistent, be productive, be organized, be doing all the things that you know you need to do to build your business and getting it done in less time. So you actually have time to rest, you can rest without feeling guilty. You can trust that when it comes time to work you are going to do the things that actually matter. You’re making really great use of the time you have to build your business, and that self trust that you are going to be able to be productive when the time comes even if there’s stuff going on in your personal life.
So this is the process for that. And as well for showing up consistently on social media for doing those marketing tasks that you know you need to do. Maybe they are ones that are really tedious or challenging or require a lot of courage. If you’re going to be making decisions in your business, without second guessing or overthinking, there’s so many flow on effects and benefits from planning properly. And it is from following this power planning process.
So just briefly and then the next video, we’re going to dive deep into this, there is the power hour. This is when you’re going to identify your needle movers, put them in your calendar and commit. Then when you’re doing your little tweaks. This is when you will be constantly updating your calendar only takes a few minutes. But updating your calendar so you never fall behind. And you always have the ability to feel clear and focused. You’re never feeling overwhelmed. And you can trust that you are actually going to follow through with your plans. It’s all about keeping your plans workable. This is so important. Perfectionists always feel behind when we’re not planning properly.
Then we have the weekly review. So this is when you’re going to reflect on your week. You’re going to celebrate your accomplishments. You’re going to really be paying attention to what’s working what isn’t and what to do differently. And any problems anything that’s not working, you’re really going to be able to diagnose the true cause and soul for that instead of thinking it’s a problem with you, and that you’re not good enough, or instead of thinking like things just aren’t working like if you feel stuck, the weekly review is what’s really going to keep you out of that
So we have this power hour and in terms of getting out of your own way just so you know the full process and this is what we cover, inside perfectionist getting shit done. This is what we are mastering so that you can get into a growth mindset and get out of your own way is to plan properly as a perfectionist, follow through 80% of the time, rest without guilt and repeat. So in the next lesson, I’m going to be giving you a step by step walkthrough of power planning so that you have the basics to get started.
In this video, I will be sharing a step by step walkthrough of power planning. This is a method for planning properly as a perfectionist. So as I mentioned, in part one, your follow through problem is just a planning problem. And anyone can learn how to plan properly as a perfectionist, I also want to make sure that you know that you are invited to join us inside perfectionist getting shit done at my group coaching program. When the doors reopen, the dates for the next enrollment period will be below this video somewhere.
And this is where you are going to be able to actually master and practice and benefit the most from power planning. Because we want to take this from something that you intellectually know, to something that you were actually doing. Power planning is a practice. And the only way that you are going to be able to use it to get into growth mindset and out of your own way is if you’re actually doing it. And we make this three month commitment to power planning. Because when you first get started, it is going to be a bit of an adjustment period as you learn this process.
And so I want to invite you into PGSD, it is the best and most supportive space to do that the only place that will you’ll be able to learn how to plan properly as a perfectionist. So you can do all the things that you know you need to do to build your business, I just want to make sure you know today we are covering the basics of power planning, I’ll be giving you a step by step walkthrough. But this is what we cover in depth in detail inside PGSD.
And so you are invited to join us and to really master this so that you can get out of your own way show up fully show up consistently and hit your revenue goals and all of these beautiful things. So we covered this briefly as well. And this video is all about going into a bit more detail with this. So you have enough to stop practicing this. So we have your power hour, little tweaks and your weekly review and in terms of the process for getting out of your own way. And getting into that growth mindset is to plan properly as a perfectionist.
So we’re covering the basics of that piece in this video, then to follow through 80% of the time, zero procrastination is not the goal, we are focused on 80% follow through, resting without guilt. So we call that clean rest inside PGSD, it’s a very important piece of the productivity puzzle. If you rest only once everything is done, then this is something in particular that you’re really going to need to focus on. We don’t have time to cover it in this video series. But again, I want to invite you into PGSD.
So you can practice all of this, and really be implementing what you intellectually know about personal development, about perfectionism, about planning and showing up fully in your business. So let’s cover those three steps, again, Power Hour, little tweaks and weekly review. So we have your power hour. So as the name suggests, this takes one hour, though in the beginning, that’s okay, if it takes 90 minutes or whatever. But we want to constrain the amount of time that we have for planning.
So it doesn’t become procrasti-planning. If we allow ourselves as long as it takes often, we can end up spending hours and hours and hours planning. And then we’re not actually doing and we want to make sure that we are making the most of the time that we have to work on our businesses, it is more important what you do in your business time, then how much time you have. And we want to really make the most of the hour that we have for planning. So in PGSD, you get the full details for exactly what to do in your Power Hour. But
I’m going to cover it briefly here. So that you know what is involved. But this is really about setting up your week in a way that’s going to get your perfectionist mindset on your side. This is so different to anything like time blocking, that maybe you’ve worked from a calendar before. And you were time blocking and just adding chunks for like walk on launch or Instagram strategy or like just all of these different chunks.
And if you were feeling constantly behind on your plans, and it was so much pressure, you’re probably also putting a lot on your plate not really accounting for the fact that you’re a human being that needs to eat and needs to sleep and has a life beyond the business. So this is really about setting yourself up for success. So there are three steps to doing that. The first is that you identify your needle movers. The second is that you put them in your digital calendar. And the third is that you commit to following through.
So let’s talk about all those in a little more detail. Identifying your needle movers. So these are the tasks that are going to move the needle, they’re going to move your business forward. And this is something we coach on a lot in PGSD, what your needle movers actually are like how to figure out where is the best place to spend your time versus what isn’t important. And this is especially the case for perfectionist because we often spend a lot of time and compare and despair and looking at what everyone else is doing.
And part of the reason that to do lists get so long is because we are comparing ourselves to everyone else in our industry, and thinking that we need to do things the same way that they’re doing them. So we just have so many ideas, you probably have a notebook or iPhone notes are full of ideas that you haven’t done anything with. So what we’re doing in this step is we are identifying what our needle movers are. So also what your needle movers are, will depend on your growth goal.
So inside PGSD, we will guide you how to set your 12 month Growth Goal and review it for you to make sure it’s set at the optimal level. But this will become your Northstar. So you have a 12 month revenue goal that set above what you currently believe is possible for yourself, that means you need to grow. In order to achieve that goal, it’s going to be broken down into quarterly milestones that incrementally increase. And then you’re going to be using your power planning to pursue each quarterly milestone. So your goal is chunked down.
And then your power planning are the actionable realistic steps that you’re going to be taking on a weekly basis in order to achieve that goal that you have. So what is a priority for you versus what isn’t, doesn’t depend on the kind of business you have. Like in PGSD we have all kinds of entrepreneurs. It’s really about what your growth goal is. And being constrained with that really knowing when your business time because you probably don’t have as much as you want to have of it, what is going to make you different and move the needle for you.
So in the power hour, the first thing you do is you identify your needle movers, so important that you do that, then what you’re going to do is put them in your digital calendar. So as well with something like time blocking, what tends to happen in process is that you write a huge long to do list, then you try and put the whole to do list into your calendar. That’s not what we’re doing when we’re power planning.
The goal here is to stop overestimating what it’s going to take to achieve your goals. And to stop putting busy work in your calendar. It’s not about being perfect with that. And this is why we make the three month commitment to power planning, because it is a process to learn what your needle movers are, and how to make the best of the business time that you do have.
And so it’s not about being perfect at that. But it’s really important that we are being focused on doing the things that matter most with the time that we do have, again, the time that you have to work on your business isn’t as important as what you do with that time. So we’re going to take those needle movers and put them in the calendar. And what we’re doing is that we’re not just again, putting everything on the to do list in there. What we are, first of all doing is we are scheduling in our commitment.
So that might be time with family, maybe it’s looking after your children, maybe it is appointments that you have, workouts, anything like that anything that is a commitment, then and that could also be a business commitment, like maybe a call that you have just any commitments that you know like that definitely has to happen at this specific time, or definitely needs to happen on this day, and I’m going to choose a time for it. Then what you’re going to do after that is you are going to schedule your clean rest. So this is intentional non business time, where you are deciding it is off limits to work on your business, I don’t have time to go into all things clean rest in this series.
But I want to make sure you know that the process for getting out of your own way we’ve already covered it plan properly as perfectionist, follow through 80% of the time, rest without guilt and repeat that clean rest is so incredibly important. And it’s so important that you schedule in your clean rest and treat it with as much respect as a business task before you schedule in your needle movers. Because what we perfectionist do we want to rest once everything is done and everything is never done. There’s never time left over for rest. Because we’re not resting.
One thing that happens is we feel like our business is us. So refund requests and bad reviews feel like a personal attack, we feel like when the business is doing well that we’re a good person when the business is not doing well that we’re a bad person. And it just makes it really hard to be courageous when we’re so tangled up in our business. It’s also because we’re not resting, our brain doesn’t actually have time to come up or like the space rather to come up with its best ideas and also to recharge its battery.
We can work if you’re anything like me, I can sit in front of a computer for like 16 hours a day, no issue whatsoever, and I can tinker away at stuff. But when it comes to focused, courageous, tedious, challenging work that moves my business forward, I’ve got maybe like five to six hours per day, on a work day that my brain can really be in that and that’s when I’m having lots of breaks lots of clean rest.
And then my brain is like okay, I’ve had enough. And what tends to happen is if we are scared and don’t have the self trust that we are making the most of the time that we have to work on our business. We think the solution to that is more time, which it’s not. It’s often constraining that time by scheduling in clean rest first. So that’s what we do with power planning. But we think that we need to have more time so we can get more done.
And what’s actually happening is a reason we’re not getting everything done is because we’re not resting. So we’re working along at like 20% 30% 50% thinking it’s 100%. Because we haven’t experienced what it’s like to truly have this clean rest, this intentional time away from the business, we’ve decided, it’s not even an option to work, even if you wanted to, maybe like me, like, I love my business, just because you love working in your business doesn’t mean you should do it 24/7.
And it’s actually to the detriment of your business and your customers and your client. And yourself if you do that. So want to make sure we are scheduling in our clean rest, you need a little bit more than you’re comfortable with putting that in your calendar, and then in the remaining time that you have left over, you are going to be scheduling in your needle movers. So we figured them out in the first step, there might not be time for all of your needle movers. And that’s okay. That is okay. And this is part of what we went through with power planning is knowing that we don’t have to be in a rush to get to our goals.
And actually, if we can just be clear and focus and do the work that we need to do, we’re going to get there so much quicker than if we over plan and over schedule. So we want to make sure and this is power planning is really set up to make sure you don’t over plan. It’s also helping you make sure you don’t under plan, which is when you aren’t specific enough. And you might write just like you know, start website or whatever it is we want to be so specific so that your brain knows exactly what it needs to do.
There’s no place for overwhelm. And therefore there’s no place for burnout either. So we’re putting everything into your digital calendar. So I personally use iCal other PGSDers who don’t have a MacBook or whatever, use Google Calendar. So both of those options are free. And also they sync up with your phone and that kind of thing. And they’re great as well to just have as your to do list, I will talk about that in a little tweak step, but we are putting them in your digital calendar, and then committing to follow through.
So we go through a full process for this. And it’s not just a matter of like looking at me like I commit because a lot of times what happens is because perfectionist haven’t got that self trust and that relationship with themselves to know that they will do what they said they will do when they said they will do it. Especially if no one else is involved, there’s a good chance that maybe you’re a bit of a people pleaser, and you hate disappointing others. So if you have a plan with someone else, you will honor it.
But when it comes to keeping yourself accountable to your own plans, that’s not something you’ve typically done well in the past. So you might go through this, and you have this beautiful color coded calendar. But it still feels kind of like negotiable, and you can’t really trust that you’re going to do it. So it still feels overwhelming because you feel like you’re gonna fall behind if anything happens. So what we do to make sure that we can commit to following through is we look at a few things.
Some of those are the productivity obstacles, they might be internal ones or external ones, like what might stop us from following through, then we make any adjustments to our plans to account for that. So we have things like buffer time that we can add to our calendar so that there is space for life to happen. We are also thinking about contingency plan. So literally pre empting what might happen and planning like okay, well, if this happens, then I might move that task to the following week, like we are not pretending that we’re going to be perfectly motivated and nothing’s ever going to come up to disrupt us.
We all experienced disruptions, whether it’s children or whether it’s your husband or your wife, or there’s so many different things, whether it is someone who works for you, whether it is your own desire to procrastinate, there are so many disruptions and distractions that a lot of times perfectionist not planning properly, will plan for they’re endlessly motivated, robotic self, what we want to be doing when my power planning is we’re actually planning for our unmotivated self.
Now, that might not sound appealing. But that is what’s going to help you follow through rebuild that self trust. And over time, especially when you make the three month commitment to power planning, you’re going to be able to put more and more and more on your plate without having to work any more hours. Because you’re able to just get in there and get shit done without overthinking to know that you’re doing what matters most at any time that you have to work in your business is actually worth whatever else you’re sacrificing in order to be doing that.
So we want to make sure when it comes to committing to following through. We are like mentally zooming into each day like I like to think about, Okay, I’ve done my plans and your Power Hour, by the way doesn’t need to be done on a Monday or Sunday. You can do it on whatever day of the week works for you. So for example, I used to do my power hour on a Thursday, because I would have a meeting with my team on Thursdays so we would discuss the plan and then I would work on weekends because of the schedule that I had. So that was my Monday like that was when I would start my week. So it doesn’t have to be on a Monday that you are doing your Power Hour. But we want to make sure that you are like thinking into every day.
So as I said I like to go into each morning mentally and look at like Okay, on Wednesday, if this was my day to day, how would I be feeling about it? Would I be feeling overwhelmed? Or would I be feeling clear and focused on like, Yes, I might need courage. And yes, some things might be tedious but I can actually get got this done. And I’m not going to have to be perfectly motivated or a perfect human in order to do it like I can actually do that.
And if the answer to that is No, for whatever reason, then I tweak my calendar ahead of time at the beginning of the week in this power hour, so that I can then feel about my weaknesses, where we really want to get to at the end of the power hour, can be a bit of an emotional roller coaster. But when we get to the end of it, we’re really in this place of I know exactly what I need to do I know exactly when it’s going to get done, I have enough time to do it. Because I know I have enough time for rest. I know that I haven’t overestimated, or underestimated how long things are going to take like I can just trust myself.
And again, perfectionist, we tend to have not got a lot of self trust. Because of not planning properly and falling planning advice that doesn’t work for perfectionist and goal setting advice that doesn’t work for perfectionist, so much advice is out there isn’t tailor to someone who has a perfectionist mindset. And so when that’s the case, we often are just a bit wishy washy when it comes to this commitment side of things. And when you can actually take that extra step.
So once everything’s in your calendar, to really make sure like, can I actually commit to this. And then from that place, you go into your week, and you just feel calm, you don’t have any sense of overwhelm. And that desire to procrastinate isn’t there, because often when we procrastinate, it’s just to avoid the like, the onerous schedule and expectations that we’ve placed on ourselves. And so we’re trying to get away from that. So we just mindlessly scroll through Instagram, or whatever it is, or procrasti-cleaning there’s procrasti-learning and all these other things instead of actually doing the needle movers.
So when we get to the end of this power hour and feel like I know what to do, I know when it needs to get done. And I can trust myself to do it, because I’m taking care of myself with my calendar. And really what we’re doing here, this is really helping us to get into a growth mindset. We don’t want to be a bitch to ourselves with our calendar and going through this power hour process in the first step in power planning is really going to help you with that. So let’s talk about your little tweaks.
So you’ve done your Power Hour, and you’ve planned out the week in your calendar, then what we’re going to do is use your calendar as your to do lists. So we are no longer working from this long wish list of tasks that we should do. Or we must do, we think we should like all of those ideas that we have, we no longer have to be spending all this mental energy every day trying to figure out what to do first and how long it’s going to take. And also not to mention, when we work from that long to do list, we constantly feel behind. Because we over schedule ourselves like we don’t actually have to face the realities of how much time we have, and how much energy we have.
So we just have this huge wish list of tasks and then beat ourselves up for not getting it all done. And we miss so much of what we are accomplishing and the progress we are making. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to use our calendar as our to do list, we’re going to adjust it as you go to keep it workable. So maybe you have two screens like me, if you don’t, that’s not a problem at all. But you’re going to have your iCal or your Google calendar open as you’re working throughout the day. And you’re going to keep checking in with that and using it as your To Do lists.
And it’s so important to know, too. And this is why we have things like buffer time that there are going to be tasks that you’ve never done before. Like if you’re like most entrepreneurs, 80% of the things in your calendar you haven’t really done before, or you’re constantly learning and improving how to do it. So you might be thinking, but how do I estimate how long something is going to take? And the answer to that is you guess, and then throughout the week, you adjust your calendar to account for the reality of that.
Then when you do your weekly review, which we’ll talk about in a second, you’re going to be able to have that time to actually evaluate and reflect on how long things are taking you what time of day you work best and all those different pieces so that you are going to get better at estimating time. But you don’t need to be able to estimate time perfectly in order to do power plan in the same way that you don’t need to have a distraction disruption free life. There’s a lot of things that happen.
So for example, when I was power planning when I had my baby when she was a newborn, that I would be feeding her like breastfeeding on demand. And I didn’t know what time of day that would happen, how long it would happen. And so I just had a lot of buffer time, and I would really overestimate how long it would be so I wasn’t over scheduling any business tasks that I had, instead of thinking like, well, I have a baby, so I can’t possibly be planning because I don’t know, you know if she’s gonna stay up all night and like there’s so many variable factors there, that instead that’s when you put extra buffer time that’s when you overestimate things so you aren’t putting too much on your plate.
And so this as well is what gives you the ability to get to the end of your day and feel like you’ve really accomplished something and to also give yourself the ability to overachieve. And as a side note, when we are over achieving, so you will have your To Do lists in your calendar. And it might be the case. And this is why we really focus on scheduling outcomes in your calendar rather than activities, that you recognize that you don’t even need to do something at all. Or that there’s a much quicker and more effective way to achieve something.
So what you will do is you will get through what’s on your calendar quicker, you’ll make your little tweaks to reflect that. And then you will be able to finish your day early and what tends to happen, this is a sign that you need to do some work on your self trust which power planning is going to help you with, and we work on this inside PGSD in greater depth is that when you’ve had a productive day, you add more to your to do list.
So you might be tempted in this situation. If you’re anything like our PGSDers, you might be tempted to add more things onto your calendar, because you want to capitalize on feeling productive. But what that actually does is you are telling your brain that it’s not normal for you to be productive. Hence why you need to capitalize on like productive people don’t need to capitalize on their productivity, because it’s normal for them to be productive.
But if you believe you’re not productive, if that’s your self image, then you’re going to want to capitalize on it. And then you are punishing your brain for being focus for figuring out a quicker route to where you want to go. This isn’t to say that there aren’t going to be times when you add a few extra things to the end of your day. But as a rule of thumb, we want to make sure that everything we’re doing with our power planning is there to support self trust, to support our self image that we are productive, that we are consistent that we follow through, that we are successful entrepreneurs, all of those things.
So we don’t want to use do these subtle things that we don’t even realize, are actually making our mindset work against us. So we’re going to be as I said, adjusting to keep it workable. So you just open it every now and again to see okay, is this taking longer than I thought it would or not as long and just I mean in iCal, for example that I use, you can only really do things in 15 minute increments, and even then it looks a bit messy, like it doesn’t have to be exact. But what we want to do is we’re adjusting it to keep it workable. So we’re never feeling behind.
And also so that at the end of the week, when you do your weekly review, you can actually see what happened in the week. And this is so important because for example, when I used to do time blocking, that I would fall behind, and I had no permission from myself to actually make any adjustments to my calendar. So what would happen is that I would fall behind. And then as time went on, I felt more and more pressure to be doing stuff. So I couldn’t think clearly.
And then there were more and more tasks that I was getting behind on and I would just end up like it would trigger my all or nothing mindset and I would just abandon it completely and wait for next week to start over. All the while not actually learning anything more about myself about how to release my perfectionism and all of those things. And so a key here with that, if that’s something you’ve done, where you tend to be tend to end in calendars and planners and like you do a few days or weeks perfectly. Maybe you do this with social media, too. And then you just completely ghosted that this is really going to help with that it’s going to get you out of that all or nothing mindset, and have you actually following through with your plans.
And we’re doing that in a really compassionate way. It’s not that I shouldn’t be making little tweaks, but I had to because I’m not good enough. It’s like this is part of the process, you are expected to be making little tweaks, and you’re human, we’re not even we’re aiming for 80% follow through. So there’s going to be these little tweaks. And that is really going to help you to actually stay on track with your plans and keep them workable, rather than waiting for this future point in time when you’re perfectly motivated and have no distractions or disruptions, because that time ain’t coming. So why are we going to wait for that instead, we’re just going to learn how to keep our plans workable.
And if we happen to end up in easier to work in conditions, then amazing, we’ve learned how to plan properly, so we can optimize that. But a lot of times when we think that more time solves our planning problems, and our follow through problem, we tend to just waste that extra time that we get. So if you are feeling like maybe I should leave my job so I can have more time so I can actually do things. I want to instead invite you to learn how to plan properly again, we do this in depth in detail inside PGSD. It’s where you gonna get the support and the community and everything that’s going to help you really embody this.
But actually making the most of the time you haven’t, that’s what’s going to happen when you’re planning properly instead of following planning advise that doesn’t work for perfectionist. That’s what going to have you achieving your goals, not just having more time that you then just end up wasting. So we want to as well be keeping track of what you accomplished. There not only are you making your little tweaks and adjustments, but you will also going to be putting in a little checkmark next to everything. And so our brain like the psychology of this is that our brains love accumulation.
This is why we love like checking off a to do list, because we love seeing those checkmarks. So use ticks and feeling that sense of accomplishment. So I love to do that with my calendar that I have a little checkmark emoji, and that I put a checkmark next to every single task regardless of whether it took me longer than I expected.
Or if I had to end up moving something completely out of the way, like, into the following week, that I still end up at the end of the week with this calendar, where everything is actually a reflection of what I did do, and everything has a checkmark. And it really helps me to feel accomplished not in a way that stops me from figuring out what’s not working and solving for that. But in a way that puts me in the best mindset possible to solve anything that’s not working. So let’s talk about your weekly review. This is step three. So you’ll do this at the end of the week.
Again, like how the power hour doesn’t have to be on a Sunday or Monday, your weekly review doesn’t have to be the end of the week, but it’s going to be at the end of the week for you. You can either do this on the last day of your week. Or you can do it on the first day, the next week, right before your Power Hour, the choice is yours. And this is something that’s what you’ll do your experiment with this and decide what works best for you when it comes to the weekly review.
So inside PGSD, we have all the prompts for the weekly review. And also what you’re going to be doing inside PGSD is we have the PGSD forum, which is where you can meet other like minded business owners who are perfectionist entrepreneurs as well. We have artists, we have graphic designers, stylists, real estate agents, we have all kinds of entrepreneurs in their, ecommerce store owners like you name it, inside PGSD doing this work to get out of their own way. And inside the PGSD forum, what we have is a persistence log section. And this is where you can post your weekly review.
And you can have that practice with actually evaluating and sharing that and getting encouragement and support. And like having that sense of accountability with it. You can also practice feeling seen because a lot of perfectionist tend to be like who is everyone and keep this kind of thing to ourselves like that it really just helps evaluating not be this shameful thing of like, okay, like a lot of perfectionist don’t want to evaluate and reflect. And even though like if you’re like me, you love personal development and all the things.
But when it comes to actually, methodically and objectively reflecting on what is working, what isn’t working, and what to do differently, that we tend to not want to look at that because our brain is thinking, I got nothing done. That wasn’t a good week. And so we don’t want to look at it in case we find more evidence for that. But the beauty of your weekly review is that it’s going to help you celebrate your accomplishments, you’re actually going to be able to notice what you did do and take your brain there.
This is so important, especially if you’re feeling behind and feeling stuck. So often, when I read everyone’s persistence logs, I will see PGSDers who at the top of their persistence log, they say like, I don’t want to be doing this, I don’t want to be posting today, I’m just going to trust the process. But I don’t want to be doing I feel like I got nothing done this week.
And by the end of it, they’re like, Holy shit, that was an amazing week, I learned so much. And it’s just taking this like 15-30 minutes to reflect on the week makes such a difference. And it stops us from repeating again and again, what isn’t working, and helps us actually notice what is working instead of just attributing that to what potentially isn’t the real cause of what’s walking, we’re actually able to objectively and scientifically have a look and do that in a really self compassionate loving way that makes us more productive, not less productive.
This isn’t about giving ourselves a participation ribbon. And like kidding ourselves is actually about noticing we are getting shit done. And when we aren’t, how can we do something about it from the best possible place rather than from a self shaming place. So we’re going to celebrate your accomplishment, it’s going to be super easy to do that because you’re going to have your calendar where you can actually see everything that you got done because it can be hard at the end of the week to even remember what you did that week.
So you’re gonna be able to look at your calendar and something else you can do is when you do your Power Hour, you can take a screenshot and then when you get to your weekly review, you can take a screenshot again and you can put those next to each other because you will have done your little tweaks throughout the week. So you will be able to they will always look different. 100% of the time they will always look different. And so you will be able to understand how you work best and especially like when we make the three month commitment to power planning. And we’re doing this week after week after week.
You will really start to get a feel for your patterns your habits like when you work best. What time of days you tend to procrastinate more? Do you like slow mornings? Do you like to get your done early? Can you work after you get home from work or do you need to do that before you go like so many different things that we often miss when we are just trying to will our way to work from this endless to do lists or to do something like time blocking that you will be able to really get a feel for how you work best. And how you rest best as well, which is super important often telling people don’t talk about, but those two go hand in hand.
And this is why when it comes to power planning, when you’re inside PGSD, we don’t tell you like, Okay, you need to spend a certain number of hours per day doing marketing tasks. And then you need to spend this many hours resting, you need to like, wake up at this time and then do this stuff first. And then this stuff, a lot of times as perfectionist, we love to hear that stuff from other people, because we want to do it right. But really, this is all about helping you to trust and understand yourself.
And so this is really all just a tool to help you experiment with that and effectively evaluate on that. So you can really see what’s working for you and what isn’t working for you to also know that you are going to be having different things that support you better and worse, during different phases of your life, in different stages of your business as well. So for example, I was power planning, when I was I wasn’t yet power planning, when I was working my full time accounting job, when I was working part time as a receptionist.
And then part time in my business, that’s when I started power planning. And then I was working full time in the business. And then I had a baby. And like there’s different stages of your personal life and your priorities outside of your business, as well as different stages within the business where early on in the business, you might be needing to do certain tasks. And then as you get further on in the business, maybe you’re spending more time leading and managing and different things like that. So it’s really about having this tool to help you develop trust in yourself. And that’s not going to happen when I tell you what to put in your calendar.
And it’s this blanket rule of everyone must make it wake up at 5am, and meditate and do all these different things that might actually be a beautiful thing for you. Or it might not maybe you’re a night owl. And you’ve just been denying yourself that truth. And because you are just hearing about all of these 4am successful entrepreneurs who wake up at that time, so you think you should do it too. So this is really about getting in touch with and in tune with what works for you to know that that’s going to constantly evolve. It’s not about getting there and then that’s it forever.
But your weekly review is going to help you stay on track and really be doing what’s supporting you and to notice when something that was supporting you is no longer supporting you and changing for that. The other thing I want to mention solving for what’s not working, this is when you’re really going to reflect on what isn’t working, what have you been avoiding, and you’re going to be able to solve that. Not from a place of Well, I’m just not good at this. And that means like perfectionism is all about avoiding shame.
So we think I’m not good enough, there’s something wrong with me, I’m just stuck. And I don’t know what to do. When we indulge in this confusion, we often have this addiction to feeling behind, that we subconsciously perpetuate. But when it’s solving for what’s not working, because you are power planning and planning properly, you will actually be showing up for your business consistently you’ll be doing the needle movers the things you know you need to do.
So you will actually have proper data to analyze instead of when you’re not being consistent. It’s really challenging to actually figure out what’s not working because we aren’t following through on the things we know we need to do. So we can’t say if they’re actually working or they’re not working, because we’re not even doing them. And if we are, it’s only for like a couple of weeks or maybe a month and then we give up and we jumped to something else.
But when you were actually doing the needle movers and you were doing them consistently, which doesn’t mean perfectly, but you are following through on them you’re doing them you’re giving them your best and giving yourself some self compassion when substandard work is the best you can do, you can actually solve for what’s not working and identify the true cause and solve for that which is going to keep you from being behind and keep you from feeling stuck.
So that is an overview of how to plan properly using power hours. So we have the power hour, little tweaks and your weekly review. And here’s why it works. So it puts you in a growth mindset. So in the first video, I talked a bit about perfectionism, and that perfectionism is a strategy to avoid shame. And that it’s less about doing things perfectly like we think perfectionist are these perfect people. But perfection is actually just people who feel ashamed. They’re not perfect. And a lot of times most of the times that has us getting in our own way. And rather than doing everything perfectly, we’re avoiding doing anything imperfectly.
So we have the five signs of perfectionism, overwhelm, procrastination, burnout, all or nothing thinking and fear of judgment. So when we are thinking those perfectionist thoughts, and it’s so important, you know that they’re just thoughts, and you are lovable, and loved with your perfectionist. So it’s we’re not doing any of this work, because you need to fix yourself. It’s not about fixing yourself. It’s really about loving yourself as you are and evolving because you can, there is a difference.
We’re doing this work because we want to. We want to release our perfectionism handbrake and see what we’re capable of achieving when we’re out of our own way. We’re not doing this because we need too, and that we need to be successful, and we like this perfectionism is this toxic thing, it is not that at all. But let’s talk a bit about the growth mindset, and how that comes into play with getting out of your own way.
So when we are in the perfectionist mindset, we’re just having perfectionist thoughts that haven’t come from, you know, our paws, or our parents or our teachers were like that just thought we might have had those thoughts for a long time, but the thoughts that we’re having today, which means we can actually change them. So when we are in that perfectionist mindset, which might otherwise be called the fixed mindset, we believe that our talents, our abilities, our intelligence are fixed and can’t be changed, like maybe there can be little improvements.
But fundamentally, we have our natural gifts and talents, and they are what they are. So when we think in that way, we believe that everything we do is evidence of whether or not we’re good enough, likely as well. If you are in the perfectionist mindset you appraise when you’re going up for being smart for being intelligent for being someone with a lot of potential. So actually, when we’re in that perfectionist mindset, we tend to protect our potential. That’s what we’re doing. When we are getting in our own way, we are doing that so that if we never give our best, we never have to find out that our best isn’t good enough.
So when we are in the perfectionist mindset, we are living according to the belief that it’s better to not try than it is to have tried and failed. So we all know that same it’s better to have tried and failed than to have never tried it all. That’s what we live by when we are in the growth mindset. And the growth mindset and perfectionist mindset are on a spectrum. It’s not all nothing that you’re either one or the other.
And there will be areas of life where you are in a growth mindset, you find it so easy to experiment, maybe it’s a hobby, maybe it’s in relationships, you don’t believe everything has to come naturally, you’re willing to put in work, you don’t see that as a bad thing. When we’re in the perfectionist mindset about something which a lot of us for business because it relates to intelligence and all of that realm, that we find ourselves in that perfectionist mindset that we see f it as a sign of inadequacy.
We want everything to work instantly, and we want it to work right away. When we’re in the growth mindset. That is where we are willing to be courageous to experiment to try things that might not work. Also, when we’re in the growth mindset, this is where we believe our abilities, our intelligence, our talents can be approved upon improved upon with effort and with practice, that we no longer feel like everything we do is a reflection of our self worth.
So it makes us more courageous. It makes us more adventurous, it makes us more willing to do things and to be leaned in instead of leaning back. And when we’re in this growth mindset. That’s when if you’ve been thinking about like, how do I actually be ambitious, and yet do that without feeling pressure. The answer to that is being in a growth mindset.
This is what we master in practice inside PGSD that you want to be in that growth mindset and getting closer and closer to that, again, it’s not this all or nothing thing that you’re either in the growth mindset and out of your own way or in the perfectionist mindset and in your own way, you are going to be taking steps constantly. And this is your weekly review helps you notice when you’re making progress because your brain might want to see it, but you’re constantly making progress towards being more and more and more in that growth mindset.
Being more courageous, and being someone who is willing to do things that might not work. Which means the beautiful thing about this is when we’re in that growth mindset, we are more courageous and all of those things. And were more successful, because we’re actually showing up fully. And when we are in the perfectionist mindset, we are less successful. So if you’ve achieved success, which I’m sure if you can relate to everything I’ve been talking about, you have achieved success, you do know how to do things, and all of that. But it’s been despite this perfectionist mindset, not because of it.
And because you haven’t been planning properly, that you have yet to experience your best work. And that’s such a beautiful thing. And if right now you’re feeling like a bad negative review, or a refund request or anything like that is a personal attack, it’s just a sign that you need to do this work to get more and more and more into a growth mindset.
And when it comes to the whole PGSD process, so plan properly, follow through 80% of time, rest without guilt and repeat. That is a practical way to get yourself into a growth mindset. So there’s all these different ideas about what you can do to get into a growth mindset like process, praise and all these different things, what is really embodied and like underpinning the growth goal that you will set inside PGSD. Power planning, clean rest as well. It’s all designed without you even having to like intentionally be doing work on your growth mindset. It’s all going to get you into a growth mindset which will have you getting out of your own way in your business.
So that is the power of power planning and again, the growth goal and clean rest as well. That you will be finding it easy to be courageous to not be scared of judgment, not be people pleasing to not be abandoning plans as soon as they look like they’re not working. You will be able to be someone who is doing what they know they need to do and actually feeling like you’re pursuing your potential instead of protecting it all the time.
So another reason that it works, clean rest makes it easy to get your new needle movers done. So I mentioned in the Power Hour section that we are scheduling in our needle movers before, sorry, we are scheduling in our clean rest before we scheduled in our needle movers. And we want to make sure that we are doing that knowing that you’re clean rest is a business task, it is a productive task, if you want to think of it that way. If that’s helpful for you then do that. And we want to treat our clean rest with as much if not more respect than we do the needle movers, it’s not something that we’ll do, if we tend to get to it if we have the time. And then you know, we just chip away at that clean rest. If things take longer, we honor that clean rest plan that we have.
And we move on needle movers if things aren’t getting done, rather than moving out clean brass. Power planning stops you from over planning and under planning. So we perfectionist especially if we’re trying to make up for past procrastination. And we’re feeling behind we tend to over plan and put way too much on our plate which does not work. We talked about that, in the first part, that burnout cycle that we write this long to do list. And then we just feel so overwhelmed that we do nothing other than we feel guilty. So we do busy work, then we feel behind who aren’t even longer to do lists.
Power planning stops you from being in that cycle, it also stops you under planning and being vague. What tends to happen, when we’re in that burnout cycle is that we’re like, fuck it, I’m just going to go with the flow, I’m just going to do what feels in alignment and just like go with that. And that doesn’t work because we aren’t being specific enough. So our brain doesn’t actually have the ability to trust itself to do the things because it’s still so vague that you can’t trust like if someone makes this vague, wishy washy promise to you, you can’t trust that promise, because you don’t even know what that promise is.
So I want to make sure we’re being specific. And it’s in a way that supports you to be productive and to rest, not in a way that puts pressure on you. So the three month commitment gives you permission to be a beginner. So I’ve mentioned that a few times. And this is a really important part of power planning and why I invite you to PGSD. To make this three month commitment to power planning and planning properly as perfectionist you have your growth goal, and then you’re going to be pursuing it using Power Planning, and getting your clean rest. Because when we have this three month commitment, it puts us into the growth mindset that I was talking about before.
So it gives us this permission to be a beginner to experiment and to not have this pressure on ourselves that we need to do it perfectly right away, there’s a good chance that you’ll hear everything I talked about today, you’re gonna think this sounds incredible, I’m gonna do it. And if you aren’t making the three month commitment, and if you are just really in that perfectionist, like if you can relate to everything that I talked about, what you’re probably going to do is want to do this, maybe you have a couple of really productive weeks, and then you fall off with this, it’s because you haven’t made that three month commitment and you aren’t giving yourself permission to be a beginner.
And again, I want to invite you into PGSD to really get all the details about power planning to get not just the details, but the coaching and support to hear other PGSDers getting coached on this. And you know what happens, when disruptions come up like specifically what to do all those different things and getting coached on it yourself, we have the PGSD private podcast so you can hear everyone getting coach and be live on the calls as well. It’s so important that you do this three month commitment.
And then we make that three month commitment every quarter. And so your first quarter inside PGSD, you’ll just be focused on setting your growth goal and then practicing power planning. And I want to mention as well, that when you’re in PGSD, so a lot of our PGSDers pretty much all of them are either in a marketing program, and they’ve bought many of them before, or they are in a personal development program or both.
And what you’re able to do when you’re planning is you’re actually like taking the business tasks you know, you need to do which might include some learning or maybe not depends, you’ll be able to actually judge is it procrasti-learning or isn’t it and you’ll be able to actually do the things you know you need to do. So it’s important to know that that this isn’t like adding something new to your play that you then have to do.
This is what’s going to help you actually do all the things you know you need to do, which might include implementing advice from other programs like this work that we do in PGSD is so synergistic with every single program because it’s actually going to have you implementing what you know, instead of just having you have the intellectual knowledge about what you need to do, but you’re just not doing it. So that three month commitment is really important.
So again, your first quarter you’re going to is going to be focused on you’re setting your growth goal and then every week you’re going to be power planning, instead of using your endless, overwhelming to do lists. And then each quarter after that. There’s still going to be new ones and different things about how planning that you are going to develop as you practice and you’re in that growth mindset.
So you are really happy to be practicing and growing and evolving and doing all these things and then every quarter you’ll choose a focus, for example, self trust, or it might be procrastination or overwhelmed and you’re going to use power planning as a tool to help with a specific perfectionist tendency or something that’s going to help you release your perfectionism handbrake, and as well I talk about perfectionism as a handbrake because it’s not like you can’t get anywhere with the handbrake on, you can, but we tend to burn out.
But also it’s just about releasing that Handbrake to know that the handbrake isn’t ours. It’s everyone has a perfectionism handbrake on to some degree, and we’re just learning how to release it and feel safe with it being released. So we’re able to with power planning why it works. We are able to identify the true cause of any revenue plateaus. I’ve already spoken about this. But it’s so important to know that this is one of the benefits of power planning and why it really works.
Every week you do it, it helps you get better and better at figuring out what your needle movers are. You’re not just focused on like activities and being busy, but you’re really making the most of the business time that you have. And if you aren’t hitting your goals, you’re able to clearly pinpoint a reason why. And if you’re not in PGSD, you’re able to get coaching on it, and we can help you see exactly what’s going on.
You’re also never behind in your plans with power planning. So it doesn’t trigger that on I think mindset of well I’m too far behind. Now, there’s too much pressure, so I’m just going to abandon it and start over. Instead of having you only be able to plan when you’re perfectly motivated in perfect life circumstances, which is never. We are going to have you planning properly. So you’re always able to follow through with what you need to do even when life is going on. And also pick yourself going on your personal life, you’re able to actually take a break from your business without feeling guilty without freaking out that it’s all going to fall apart, you’re going to be able to take a break.
And trust that that’s okay, your business is not going to evaporate overnight. And it’s so important to know that as well, we’re not just talking about you never fall behind your plans, and you can follow through. And that means you should always be working on your business, there will be seasons of life. Maybe if you have a child that maybe if there’s a death in the family, maybe if you have a health issue, like there’s so many different things that happen, that it makes sense to stop or reduce how much we’re working on the business and power planning is really going to help you navigate that and do that without feeling guilt.
And it’s so helpful to know as well if you have an ongoing like a health issue. Or maybe you’re working a full time job or you have children and different things like that, that it’s really going to help you to build that into your plans. This isn’t like trying to plan as if that isn’t going on. We are planning intentionally thinking about that going on so that we can actually follow through with the plans that we make.
So in this part about how to plan properly as a perfectionist, we’ve gone through power planning, power hour, little tweaks, weekly review the benefits of that I want to invite you inside PGSD to master power planning and to have your growth goal so that you have that Northstar for it’s you need that so you can figure out exactly what your needle movers are and then power planning each week so that you can get into that growth mindset and out of your own way.
So this is the process for getting out of your own way. plan properly as a perfectionist which we have talked about today. Follow through 80% of the time, rest without guilt there’s clean rest, rest without guilt and repeat this is the process for getting into the growth mindset. If you are feeling like you know what to do to build your business, but you just can’t get yourself to do it. Maybe you’ve been doing a lot of procrastinating. Do you feel like you have been protecting your potential you just know you haven’t been going all in and you really want to go all in.
Then I invite you to join us inside PGSD when the doors open again to do this work and underneath this video somewhere you will see the enrollment date for our next video sorry, what am I saying for our next enrollment period. So under this video somewhere you will see the enrollment dates for the next enrollment period. And in the next video I’m going to be talking more about this process for getting out of your own way and also joining PGSD, what that looks like, what you’re going to get, how that works, so that you can really be supported and have the structure you need to take getting out of your own way from something intellectually know about to something that you are actually doing.
Okay, so in this series so far, we have talked about the difference between procrasti-planning and planning properly. So what happens when you’re in that burnout cycle, where you write the long to do lists, you feel overwhelmed, you do nothing and you feel guilty, then you do busy work, you feel behind and you write an even longer to do list. So that’s procrasti-planning. That’s what happens when perfectionist of following advice, that doesn’t actually take into account our perfectionist mindset.
We can’t follow the same planning advice as everyone else. When we do, we get in our own way. So your follow through problem is just a planning problem. And anyone can learn how to plan properly as a perfectionist. That is what we cover in depth in detail inside PGSD. And in the second part of this series, I gave you a step by step a walkthrough of power planning. So you have the basics, but I want to make sure you know where that fits in in terms of the process for getting into a growth mindset and out of your own way.
And the other things that you need to be considering as you were doing this work. And I want to invite you inside PGSD to do this work on getting into a growth mindset and out of your own way. So that you were able to do that in a really committed and engaged way. And that is able to save you so much time instead of being something else that you feel like you need to add to your to do list. None of this is about fixing yourself or that you are broken, and you’ve been doing it wrong.
You’ve just been following plenty advice, it doesn’t work for perfectionist, it’s been making you get in your own way. And being inside PGSD is the best opportunity, the best way to do something about that. So you can see what’s possible for yourself and your business when you are out of your own way. So our focus on planning properly as a perfectionist. So we cover the basics of that today, follow through 80% of the time, rest without guilt that clean rest, and repeat.
We are doing this as we are pursuing our growth goal, which is a goal that is set in a way that gets our perfectionist mindset on our side. Oftentimes when it comes to goal setting, perfectionist set really vague goals, oh, we have 20 goals at once, like one for every area of life. And all we just have no goals at all, because we don’t want to disappoint ourselves. So we’ll just see what we can do. And we’re just kind of winging it.
So we set our growth goal. And then we are in this part of planning properly. And then we are pursuing it with power planning. Knowing that those things combined with clean rest is what’s going to get us into a growth mindset. And then as well, when we are inside PGSD, you’re going to spend your first three months inside PGSD, mastering power planning, really feeling solid in that. And then every quarter after that, you are going to be focusing on one specific area of your perfectionism. So it might be overwhelmed for example, it might be procrastination, it might be self trust, it might be self confidence, you will be using the tools that we have inside PGSD. To further release that perfectionism, handbrake.
So let’s talk about what your life will look like when you’re planning properly. So you’ll be getting your most important marketing tasks done consistently and effectively. Like you won’t just be going through the motions and doing the things you know you need to do. But you will be doing those things effectively, they will be working, you’ll be following through with your plans, even when the unexpected happens. You’ll be making business decisions without second guessing or overthinking. So that’s big decisions, small decisions, you will save so much time alone, just from being able to make decisions without second guessing.
You’ll be kind to yourself in a way that makes you more productive, not less productive. This is a question that often comes up for perfectionist is like, I want to actually enjoy the day to day of my business. But I’m worried that if I do that I won’t achieve as much. Power planning and planning properly. That is what’s going to actually have you being kind to yourself in a way that makes you more productive, and has you achieving more and actually enjoying the day to day your business instead of feeling like you’re the worst boss that you’ve ever worked for.
Finishing each day feeling accomplished and organized prior. So what am I saying. Posting confidently and consistently on social media even when your friends and family and everyone you know possibly can see and you feel like they’re judging you that you will be able to show up and stand in your power and really be the person that you want to be even when others are looking on. Prioritizing clean rest and being fully present for your life outside of your business or your family, other commitments that you have, fitness goals, all of that, that it won’t be like, well, your business is doing well but your life’s a mess or your life’s doing well. But your business is a mess.
You will be able to have your business, feeling organized the stuff you actually get done matters. You’ll be able to trust yourself to do those things and to do them in the time that you have. You won’t constantly feel like you need more time and you never have enough time. So you’ll be actually making the most of the time that you have to work in your business. And that’s going to flow over as well into other areas of your life, and you’ll actually be doing the most important things there as well how you do one thing is how you everything.
So this really isn’t just about having you show up better in your business, and then the rest of your life is a mess. This is about improving both of those things at the same time. And planning properly really is a tool for that. Sticking to deadlines you create for yourself even when you don’t have to. So this is a thing about being your own boss, that a lot of people get into entrepreneurship because they don’t want to work for someone else. And then if you’re not planning properly, you kind of like get to your business and realize that you are the worst boss you’ve ever had, that you have such high expectations for yourself, you expect yourself to do everything like way more than you have time to do it all perfectly and never make mistakes.
And you should be there already. And like just so much pressure and zero appreciation whatsoever. It’s like that boss that never says anything you do is good enough. So when we are planning properly, we are actually able to be such an incredible boss to ourselves. And I really think that when people talk about like the power and beauty of being your own boss, it’s really about what happens when we are planning properly, that you’re actually able to take care for yourself. Like, if you think about a great boss, they give you time off when you need it, they don’t put too much on your plate, they actually take into account what your personal working style is, and what kind of tasks you do best, and what time of day, like all these incredible things that they actually help you show up.
And because they’re being kind to you in that way, you want to do your best for them. And it’s the same when you are planning properly, that you will want to do your best for yourself. And you won’t feel like you’re doing your best at your own expense. But it will be really in a way that nurtures you, your business and the rest of your life as well. So you’ll be able to stick to the deadlines you create for yourself, even when you don’t have to, even when you don’t have an accountability buddy or you don’t have a client or a customer screaming at you that you will actually just be able to set a plan for yourself one that could be changed and honor it.
And we’ve talked about how we focus on doing that 80% of the time. And you’ll be making the most of the time that you have to work on your business. So again, I want to invite you to join us inside PGSD when the doors open. So let’s talk about what you get inside PGSD. And as well, the enrollment dates for our next enrollment period will be somewhere below this video. So I will talk as well in the next slide about what to do next. But let’s talk about what it’s like to be inside PGSD, why you want to join PGSD. So you are going to get the PGSD process.
So this is the process for getting into a growth mindset and getting out of your own way. And you won’t just be intellectually like learning it. So for example, my podcast, the perfectionism project, a lot of what we talk about inside PGSD, we talk about on the podcast as well, cause I’m going to do that I really want to be helping you. But there’s only so much you can learn in that kind of format. And we want to have you going beyond intellectual knowledge, a lot of podcast listeners will feel like they really understand the concepts.
But when they look at their life, they might have made some progress and be having a lot of small wins, which is incredible. But they’re not actually implementing and living what they know about how to release their perfectionism handbrake about being in the growth mindset about planning properly. And so when you’re inside PGSD, you get everything broken down in a way that’s super easy to follow through on and also the everything you need to do to have it so that you’re actually implementing what you know.
So this really is the antidote to procrasti-learning. If you were thinking like Sam, you’ve talked about procrasti-learning a lot and not something that you do and is PGSD just more procrastinating? This is the antidote to that. And I’ve already talked about one of the reasons why but it’s really thinking about like all the other programs that you’re in, like marketing program, a manifestation program maybe, for example, that when you’re planning properly, you will be actually implementing what you know, and doing all the things that you know you need to do.
So it’s going to save you time to be planning properly and to be using the PGSD process to get out of your own way. Because you’ll be able to take for example, so you’re doing an Instagram course, instead of just like having these big chunks on your To Do lists of like watch modules or whatever it is, you’ll be able to get specific and to figure out what for you is procrasti-learning within that program and what isn’t. Put it in your calendar, see if it’s a needle mover or not based on your growth goal. Can you actually be able to get such a higher ROI on anything else that you have invested in when you are getting out of your own way?
Like it makes sense, isn’t it like if you are actually showing up fully and doing what matters most that you are going to have the most successful business you can you actually be pursuing your potential instead of protecting it and hiding out in procrasti-learning, so I just wanted to mention that if procrasti-learning is a concern, and you’re thinking like maybe I should just focus on what Sam has shared here, and that if I need any help with that, I’ll join PGSD.
I really want to invite you inside PGSD. And two, if you especially if you resonate with what I’ve shared in this, to invite you in in our next enrollment, because it’s going to have you actually embodying this and not just constantly saying this level of intellectually knowing it. And you might be thinking like I’m so smart I can I, this is what I used to think I can just piece it all together myself. And I hadn’t realized that by doing that I was denying myself of so much growth and actually being in true practice and true mastery and true commitment to something.
So I want to invite you into PGSD, like truly if you can relate to. And if you found it helpful, what I have shared in this video series, you’re really going to be able to get out of your own way in your business. So you get access to the PGSD process, all the modules for that. So you’ll be setting your growth goal, power planning, getting your clean brass, that’s your focus for the first three months. And then each quarter after that, as you’re working on the things you need to do to build your business, you’ll be looking at a different area of your perfectionism, whether it’s procrastination, overwhelm, burnout, all those different things, one focus, very constrained one focus per quarter, so that you can further release your perfectionism handbrake and really be implementing and executing and being in action.
So also inside PGSD, you get coaching. And this is a very important piece of getting out of your own way. First of all, just in PGSD, you can hear other PGSDers getting coached other perfectionists entrepreneurs, getting the coaching they need to get out of their own way. And so this alone is just going to remove so much shame that you might have about feeling like you’re the only one who has so much potential but can’t actually do the things they need to do with it, that you will hear other perfections entrepreneurs getting coached on the same struggles that you were having, and the same things that are coming up with your planning and in your week and in your business and all those different things, you will also have the opportunity to get coached yourself and as coaches on our weekly calls.
Also inside the PGSD forums, as I mentioned, in the second video, you will be sharing your persistence log with updating that with your weekly review. And you will have so much opportunity to get coaching and for someone to point out to you what it is you can’t see. Often, especially as well, I know that if you if you’re watching this, that you are someone who already has a lot of self awareness, you are not super new to personal development, like you know about your thoughts and your feelings and all those different things.
And when we have a lot of self awareness, sometimes we can think that we’re able to spot all of our blind spots. And it’s so important, like I have a coach, because we can’t see how we’re thinking when it’s our brain that is the one that’s thinking it. There are a lot of thoughts that just feel like the truth that are actually just thoughts. And it’s so important to have someone objective, who’s very compassionate and not judgmental, is able to really hold space for you and to not shame you or judge you or anything but to just be there and be like, Hey, did you notice this and what about that, and, and it can just move you forward in leaps and bounds.
And that’s what we provide inside PGSD on an ongoing basis. So when you sign up, you get unlimited access. And we have weekly coaching calls, always all year round forever, like ongoing. And you can really make the most of those as well by listening to the PGSD private podcast, which you get access to as soon as you’re inside PGSD. So if you are someone who loves listening to podcast, then you’re able to just pop that in and get the coaching that you need without even having to be on the calls themselves.
Also, there is a community inside PGSD. So other perfectionist business owners who are doing this work, and it’s so important to just be surrounded by people who make your goals feel normal. Maybe in your day to day life, you aren’t around people who have businesses, or maybe if they do have a business, they’re very focused just on like all the different action steps they need to do. And they aren’t really thinking about the mindset side of things and the personal development side of things, that they’re just very focused on what you need to do and all of that kind of thing.
And if you can relate it to this, and if you are going to be someone who will fit in so well inside PGSD. You’re someone who loves personal development and that mindset approach to things as well. And so inside PGSD, you will be surrounded by perfectionist entrepreneurs who love personal development. We’re all like serious personal development nerds in there. And you will have business friends who actually get the work you’re doing.
You’ll have people you can talk about your growth goal with and power planning with and you’ll be able to, as I said, just kind of release so much shame that you might have around being different to the people in your life or having big goals and having lots of ambition that you will be home. You will be with people who will support you and cheer you on. And it’s really not just about only sharing our wins when things are going super well.
But we also share what we’re struggling with what we’re working on, not from a place of self pity or complaining, but really from a place of wanting to grow. So what to do next? If you have found this really helpful, which I hope you have, then there are a few things you can do while you’re waiting for the next enrollment period for PGSD. So the first is to join the PGSD waitlist, this is the top thing you’re going to want to do.
So there should be beneath this video somewhere a box that you can put in your name, your email address, and then you will be on the PGSD waitlist, you will be getting emails from me every week that are really going to help you get out of your own way while you are waiting for enrollment to open for PGSD. And you will also be the first to know when the doors are open, you’ll get all the details about the program.
And if you’re wanting to find out more about it, if you go and add your name to that wait list, then you will get emailed details about the program so you can decide to join us and you have all the information you need so that when the doors do open, you will be able to do that. Also listening to my podcast if you aren’t already. I share so much advice so much of my own personal journey with perfectionism and building my business. I know you’re gonna find it incredibly helpful if you enjoyed this.
So it’s the perfectionism at project you can find it anywhere you listen to podcast by searching for the perfectionism project. You can also find it on my website, Sam Laura Brown and we have transcripts of episodes on the show note pages on my website as well if you prefer reading, you can also follow me on Instagram. There’s a typo on this slide, please ignore it. So follow me on Instagram @perfectionismproject.
I share lots of advice, practical tips behind the scenes stuff. So if you found what I shared in this series helpful, again join the PGSD waitlist if you only do one of these three things do that and then you can listen to my podcast to get further support and help and follow me on Instagram as well. So I hope you have found this helpful and I hopefully will see you inside PGSD during our next enrollment period.
Okay, so that concludes the video series on how to plan properly as a perfectionist using power planning. I hope you found it incredibly helpful. So just want to mention a few things based on what I shared in that final video about next steps so that you have the links particularly to the waitlist. So to sign up for the waitlist, you can go to samlaurabrown.com/pgsd, regardless of when you are listening to this, whether it’s when this episode is released, or you’re listening at some point in the future, you can go to that website, the link will be in the show notes for you to just go and click on that.
And you can add your name to the waitlist. If we are open for enrollment. When you are visiting that page, it will have the Sign Up Now button. Otherwise, you’ll be able to see the enrollment dates, find out more about the program, see the answer to frequently asked questions, see the investment for PGSD, all of that good stuff is on that page for you. I mentioned listening to the podcast, you are already doing that by listening to this episode. But if you aren’t a regular podcast listener, I invite you to continue listening to the podcast and not to go back to the beginning.
We perfectionist love to do things from the beginning. But instead what I want to invite you to do is just keep listening to the recent episodes and listening to those that jumped out at you if you just scroll back and see a title that jumps out at you and listen to that. You don’t need to listen to the podcast in order. And I really encourage you to listen to the more recent episodes before you go way back into the archives. And finally to follow me on Instagram I share a lot of helpful and practical advice over on Instagram. So I’m @perfectionismproject. And yeah, that is everything. So I hope you have found this incredibly helpful and I will talk to you in the next episode.
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