You have to set the stage for your planning. Get a clean quiet space. When your space is cluttered, and you know you don’t have a free mind, planning will be very difficult and it would not be as effective. My office space at home is always clean. I don’t allow my children to enter unless it’s absolutely necessary. I love to keep this space clean so that I can think, write and just be focused. Take a moment and exhale. Set your intentions in your mind. Gather your tools and let’s go to the next step.