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🫠 The Optimist's Guide to Unrealistic Planning

In a world where freelancers boldly leap before they look, I bring you the ultimate guide to blissfully unrealistic planning. It's the kind of optimism that laughs in the face of probability. Welcome to "The Optimist's Guide to Unrealistic Planning" – where your ambitions are sky-high, and your plans are, well, let's just say "aspirational."
Philip Wallage
February 22, 2024
5 min read
🫠 The Optimist's Guide to Unrealistic Planning

Dear Dreamers,

In a world where freelancers boldly leap before they look, I bring you the ultimate guide to blissfully unrealistic planning. It's the kind of optimism that laughs in the face of probability.

Welcome to "The Optimist's Guide to Unrealistic Planning" – where your ambitions are sky-high, and your plans are, well, let's just say "aspirational."

The Subtle Art of Overbooking Yourself

First off, let's talk about the delicate art of overbooking.

If you're not scheduling three client meetings, two project deadlines, and a networking event all for the same day, are you even trying?

Remember, the key is not to have time for it all; it's to believe you do.

Irony points if you add a workout and a meditation session in there.

Balance is crucial, they say.

Eternal Optimism in Deadline Setting

Setting deadlines is much like cooking pasta – throw it at the wall and see if it sticks.

When a client asks how long a project will take, gaze into the distance, think of the shortest conceivable timeline, and then cut it in half.

They'll love your ambition, and you'll love the adrenaline rush of trying to meet an impossible deadline.

It's a win-win, except for your sleep schedule.

But who's counting?

Goal Setting: Aim for the Stars, Land in Another Galaxy

Why aim for the stars when you can aim for another galaxy?

Set goals so high that even getting halfway there would require a personal jetpack.

Remember, in the world of unrealistic planning, it's not about achieving your goals.

It's about setting them so ambitiously that reality has no choice but to expand to accommodate your dreams.

Or collapse under the weight, but that's a problem for future you.

The Power of Yes because “No” is just a myth

Saying "yes" to every opportunity is the cornerstone of unrealistic planning.

Can you take on another project? Yes.

Learn a new skill by tomorrow? Of course.

Juggle flaming torches while reciting Shakespeare? Why not?

The word "no" is merely a myth, perpetuated by those who believe in the concept of limits.

You, dear freelancer, know better.

Time Management: An Abstract Concept

Lastly, let's address the mythical beast that is time management.

In the realm of unrealistic planning, time is not linear; it's a suggestion.

Who needs eight hours for a project when you've convinced yourself it can be done in three?

Time management is for those who can't live on espresso and sheer willpower.

Which reminds me, time to refill that coffee cup.

In conclusion, remember that unrealistic planning isn't a flaw; it's a superpower.

Embrace it with open arms and a sense of irony.

After all, in the end, it's not about how realistic your plans were, but how optimistically you ignored reality.

P.S. Don't forget to laugh when things don't go according to your overly optimistic plans. It's all part of the journey.

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