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There is a strange, counterintuitive phenomenon called “over-planning.” People ask me frequently how I get so much done, write so much, record, coach globally, and so forth.

Well, there are appointments to coach, to consult, to speak, and so on. But a lot of the rest is a matter of “going with the flow.” If I want to hit the pool on Wednesday afternoon, I have no guilt about it, nor do I feel I’m burdening myself if I write a proposal on a Saturday morning. If I have a good idea, I work on it. If I’m not in a mood to create, I focus on a hobby or read or play with the dogs.

The keys to all of this are:

• No “guilt demon” on my shoulder trying to depress me.

• Comfort with ambiguity.

• A strong sense of self-discipline and responsibility (AKA: I never procrastinate).

• Seeking success not perfection.

If you’re taking a day to write a 500-word article or a week to design a workshop or 20 hours to prepare for an hour speech—there’s something missing for you from my bullet points. “Measure twice and cut once” is just a stupid platitude. Measure correctly the first time.

Alanism: You can always make another dollar but you can’t make another minute.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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