Monday, September 3, 2007

Wrapped Up In Detail

We can easily make the mistake of getting wrapped up in the details. It is not always to our advantage to plan down to the minutest detail before starting any action. 

We need to make sure we have not overlooked any important steps or guidelines for determining direction but not the how. I have found that often my plan for how to get the results I want rarely lasts past my first action.

When we plan down to that much detail we can get locked into tunnel vision or worse when we need to make adjustments to what is going on we hesitate believing our whole plan needs to be rethought.

It can then become a form of procrastination. We need the ability and flexibility to take advantage of opportunities that arise from our actions. As long as we are maintaining movement towards our final destination then how we do it doesn't matter as long as we get there.

Your thoughts?

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6 conversations:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I agree! Need the flexibility here. I all those folks that over analyze everything "anal". They are not bad folks when you need something done to the last piece, but not everything in life needs that approach.

You know, some of the best trips I've taken haven't had very much planning at all. Ours eyes were wide open to anything and everything. Have a great evening/night Peter. :)

Peter Haslam said...

Thanks Sandee good add :)

Derrick Kwa said...

I think the key is balance. There needs to be a balance in both the details and the big picture. Sometimes if you don't look at the details, you can be caught unaware as well.

Peter Haslam said...

Details change from day to day Derrick as we adjust to results of previous actions. We should not lose sight of the details just not give them so much weight. Direction is key.

Random Magus said...

I think you are so right we concentrate on details sometimes just to procrastinate without feeling guilty about it.

Peter Haslam said...

Guilty as charged Random Magus :)