Creating a work look book has been something I have wanted to do for a long time. Being a 9-5 blogger, I feel it’s an easy way to connect with other working women who have to juggle between work and other activities.
Before now, I have the time to plan my week’s outfit every Sunday, but these days, I have lesser time for myself that I only remember it’s Monday when it’s time to get dressed for work. Hence, I begin to bring out all my outfits every morning, trying to find which one suit that day of the week. It’s a strenuous activity and I think one can avoid such when properly planned.
Which is why I have collaborated with two other beautiful fashion blogger, Chioma of Yhitschioma and Sandra of StylesbyIye. You remember I once did an Ankara Work look book with Chioma here. We decided to create a Monday to Friday look book to guide you when creating yours and how easy it can be coming from 3 ladies with different body sizes.
For today, I’m restricting it to our Tuesday look and in subsequent posts, you’d see more look from other days.
How I Jumped Into The Collaboration
Certainly, Chioma and Sandra had planned this collaboration weeks or days before. I walked in on them having a conversation about it and my creative ginger won’t let me be calm. Hence, I told them I was going to join, and this was just two days before. I had no idea what outfit I was going to wear or how it was going to be like, talk about ineffective planning.
I only prepared for it on the morning of the shoot. It was the same morning I selected all the outfits I was going to wear and how I am going to style it. I thought for a Tuesday, you’d never know where you’d end up. So I paired this striped blazer with a black pant. Wearing a black shoe would have been perfect but won’t that be too boring? Hence, the choice of a blue shoe to add a bit of color. What do you think?
Blazer and Pant from Balogun Market in Lagos
Shoes from Truworthfashion
Need I say my plans prior to the collaboration was ineffective. I forgot a lot of accessories, my make up was done in a rush, I had a pant with a bad zipper (you’d never notice though), and I forgot some shoes.
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When a proper plan isn’t put in place, success is not easily achieved. For every good movies we watch, inspiring blog post, impacting books, life changing events, a lot of plan has been put in place to make it all work.
Ineffective Planning will only bring chaos and failure, which we should endeavor to avoid at all times.
The Importance of Effective Planning
Planning is the process of goal setting, developing the approach to achieve these goals, outlining activities, prioritizing them and creating a schedule that brings us closer to the goals we set.
I once said in a previous post about traveling, that before I embark on any journey I always create a packing list. Impromptu activities is never the way I work. I always ensure I start planning for anything I intend to do weeks ahead. This has always worked for me as I always create a list and tick off once I achieve.
Effective Planning helps you to achieve your goals effortlessly. Vivek Bindra states, “If you know where you are going, you are much more likely to get there. Others working with you will be much more effective and interested.”
Steps to Achieving Effective Planning
1. Create A Realistic Goal
In all honesty, when I heard a full week look book, I doubted the possibility of it happening. I felt it was going to be a stressful shoot and then I worry about how we were even going to post it. When making any plan, it is important to make sure it is one that can be achieved. Imagine you having a plan that you want to build a castle in the air in 2 weeks?
2. List out Your Resources
If I had listed all I need to wear for the shoot, I wouldn’t have had to worry about even packing my outfit 10 minutes before the shoot. Simply because all I needed to do was just to pick off these items off the rack and fill in a bag. Same with when you have a bigger project, it is important to itemize how you intend to achieve and this will help you worry less about missing out any important aspect.Are you stuck in achieving a particular goal? Do you have challenges coordinating the process involves in realizing these goals? Click here to read on what you may be doing wrong Click To Tweet
3. Consider Alternatives
Having list out your resources, it is important to always have a backup plan in case there’s a set back. I had no time to pick an extra piece of item because I was in so much hurry and I did not try out any of the outfits before leaving home. Imagine if I got there and my shoes had a cut or even any of the outfits, that would have been a disaster.
4. Work out Your Plans
The next important thing is to start working on the plans you have set out. How realistic and achievable are they? Is there any area you need to work extra hard on? What do you need to fix to make them happen before your set deadline? Is the deadline still going to be possible or you need to extend it?
5. Keep Your Team Updated
Should you have a team you are working with, never fail to keep them updated. A day before we had this shoot, Chioma called me to remind me about it. I also received a message from her in the morning, to ask me how I intend to get to the location. As we were on our way, we kept calling Sandra at intervals to keep her updated. For an effective planning process, it is very important not to work in isolation as that can create chaos within your team.
6. Measure Your Results
At the end of the day, measure your results to determine if the plan was a success or there is room for improvement. There are various yardstick for measuring success. Stick to the one that best works for your plan and decide if it was worth the effort you have put into it, if not, start again. Ours was a success as the pictures came out just amazing.
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What’s your planning mantra? How do you ensure you achieve success before you embark on any activity? What do you think about our outfit for work on a Tuesday? Is it too much colors or just perfect? Join the discussion.
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