I've been thinking about this a lot... and tonight, after reading Gavin's post, 'Yet the Band Played On', posted on Simple, Green, Frugal Co-op, (on the Titanic comparative to current-day 'unsinkable' Human-based-Earth and the looming consequences of climate change), and the post 'On Not Being a Fruad and Beetroot' post from Eat at Dixibelle's I kicked my rear and decided to post what I had been thinking about for a bit...
Because I know where I want to be, as a family and an individual, I know when I want to be there, but it's the specifics of the 'how' that get me bogged.
I do things. One week I'll decide we'll do this, another week something else. Sometimes nothing in one week and three things the next week... but bit by bit, we're changing. I am Fairtrade only for chocolate, we have (some) grid solar, grow f&v (though not all of it), compost, worm farm, chooks, recycle water, rainwater collection, etc - I could list all the good things we do but in my mind, it's not enough - there are still so many things to not do, and new things to start. Maybe the answer to 'how, exactly?' is 'slowly' but even then, I think it's too slow for what we need AND the actual nitty gritty, the 'plan' of it all is something I don't have. And I am a planner.
I need a plan. I like to have a plan. I feel more 'free' with a plan, wierd as that sounds because my brain can stop the chatter, and get on with something else.
Maybe it's the reminder, in doing exam prep and assignments for UNI, how useful a plan can be that's put this more to the front of my mind. I have pretty comprehensive plans surrounding going camping, what's happening in the week (schedule) etc - not in terms of making things restrictive, but by making them I'm actually enabling flexibility. All the essentials are taken care of which frees up room for other stuff. Important things don't get missed or forgotten and I don't feel all out of whack and unsure if I've missed something.
So I can see, that in other areas of life I apply the 'have a goal/target/deadline (which need not be inflexible), and steps to achieve it'. So why not with this too - with my prep and 'changeover' from now to where I'd like to be?
So I think that's on my 'May' list... do up a plan, some plan, any plan that's remotely workable and start there... between assignments, children, exams, house, garden... the plan can change and that's ok. I can come short of deadlines or goals but I'm closer to them than I otherwise was, and that's great.
if you have a plan, or a plan to work out 'the plan' please share - link to or comment :)
(edited for clarity 26/04)