Brainstorm a new target plan
The main purpose of LWTM is to create small, actionable steps and achieve them. Apart from the LWTM Goal Planner, the below-mentioned system is another aid to make life more effortless. Walking in step with nature’s rhythm, and been given the freedom to create, plan, and act accordingly has been a real lifesaver for me. It has stopped me from overthinking and procrastinating. I have now a timeframe of 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off and I found myself getting a lot more productive following this cycle. Give it a try and hopefully, you find it equally useful.
The two symbols below work in tandem.
The symbol Brainstorm/Create a Target plan symbol is active during the Waxing Moon.
Try to concentrate on coming up with new solutions, inspirations, and concepts. It is amazing how often we just plow the same furrow without looking at alternatives.
But all these ideas and scribbles on the back of an envelope count for nothing, if there is not a decisive action plan attached to go from inspiration to an actual project and see it completed! This is where Actioning Your Target Plan comes in.
The symbol Action your target plan is active during the Waning Moon. I added this symbol to give you an extra push to get things done.
Some symbols are more connected to day qualities, others more to moon phases. Both are more dependent on the moon phase, but I slotted them into the LWTM Lifestyle calendar on less active days to act as a reminder.
The practical application:
The model for brainstorming/problem-solving is as follows:
Create new ideas/concepts/be inspired and turn them into an achievable, actionable plan – Waxing Moon
Work on this plan and put it into practice – Waning Moon
If flashes of inspiration come up during the Waning Moon, just note them down to be explored in the upcoming Waxing Phase. For this, I carry a small notebook with me, so I am ready to jot down these ideas. Equally, if a big opportunity to act arises during the Waxing Moon, of course, take it! But separating these 2 processes can make the whole endeavor more productive. It is like firing an arrow. You first pull back and take aim (Waxing Moon). To hit a target, this preparation is vital and takes the same amount of time if not more than taking action.
This process can be applied to business, as well as running a busy family home. It is all about the system and the ways you structure your life. Sometimes routines become inefficient and uneconomic. It is time to ‘rethink’ how you present and manage your life’s affairs.
The American advertising executive Alex Osborn mentioned the term ‘brainstorming’ for the first time in the 1950ies. Nowadays we think about a group of people coming up with bizarre ideas. But what this term really means is ‘becoming unstuck’ and bringing a new, innovative solution to an old problem.
You can of course ‘brainstorm’ alone. The best way is to take out a clean sheet of paper and a pencil. Write your problem in the middle and circle it. Then create solutions all around it – and circle them, too. This is called a mind map. Just write down anything that comes into your head, unfiltered. Then put this paper away and look at it again the following day. You will be amazed how many new solutions will come up. Your unconscious mind has been at work ever since and is now ready to come up with additional ideas.
Keep these ideas coming
I also carry a small notebook with me to jot down any ‘in-the-moment inspirations’ that can come at the strangest times. I won’t have necessarily the time to address them there and then, but it is worth noting these thoughts down and using them as an inspiration for future solutions.
If you get stuck ask a close friend, work colleague, or partner. You may even explain your Create A Target Plan idea and see if they can add a creative view to the situation. Changing perspective and having new input – mind you from the right source – is enormously helpful! Today’s symbol will hopefully give you a little bit of motivation.
Creating an overall goal plan at New Moon together with these more targeted action plans for the Waxing and Waning Moon will make you more effective.