How Pro-Retro Planning is saving me from going crazy during Coronavirus

And keeping me productive, somehow

Monkey looking at itself in a mirror
Monkey looking at itself in a mirror
Reflection is a vital part of Pro-Retro Planning. Photo by Andre Mouton on Unsplash

Identifying the important stuff

Paper with my goals for the lockdown
Paper with my goals for the lockdown

Weeks, not days

Weekly plan, empty
Weekly plan, empty
My plan for the week, still empty.

Prioritizing little things

Weekly plan; each day has categories work, health, and things
Weekly plan; each day has categories work, health, and things
Adding fields for my top priorities

Fleshing it out

Weekly plan; goal section and Monday, Tuesday filled
Weekly plan; goal section and Monday, Tuesday filled
Fleshing out the pro-side

Backing it up: The retro-side

Weekly plan, retro-side, empty
Weekly plan, retro-side, empty
The retro-side!

… And it worked!

Weekly plan, pro-side
Weekly plan, pro-side
Pro-side, at the end of the week.
Weekly plan, retro-side
Weekly plan, retro-side
Retro-side, at the end of the week.

Bottom line: Fighting uncertainty with feedback

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Building a startup. Also doing a PhD at Sorbonne Université and an MBA at Collège des Ingénieurs. Writing featured on TheNextWeb, HP Enterprise, and Built In.

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