Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential – Winston Churchill.
People who know me know I am a planner. I live for my diary, my to do lists and my to do lists of to do lists. I love planning ahead, and in all honesty, with what I have coming up over the next year, planning is my new best friend. I have my dad’s sixtieth, my best friend’s wedding (not to mention her hen party that I’m organising!), a few holidays planned, my cousin’s thirtieth and saving for a house, multiple more holidays and wanting to continue growing this platform. 2020 is going to be busy and I won’t survive it without planning ahead, so I’m sharing why being organised with plans is a good thing, no matter the occasion or the end goal.
SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO
When plans are set in motion, they turn from an idea or a dream and transform into reality. It gives you something to focus on, especially if day-to-day life isn’t up to scratch lately or you have been going through a tough time; this is something positive that you want to focus your energies on. Simply planning the holiday, the set of blog posts, the night out with your girls and setting it in stone will instantly lift you, even if it is months away.
PREPARED FOR ANYTHING THROWN YOUR WAY
Yes, last minute can be fun and exhilarating. Believe me, I’ve been there, and I’ve enjoyed every second of a spontaneous trip somewhere, booking a flight or changing big plans within a week and dealing with the consequences afterwards. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Nevertheless, with planning, you are instantly prepared for any repercussions, even down to the last traumatic second of something being cancelled. It’s called Plan B and sometimes they’re far better than Plan A… and make for memorable stories that will last decades.
EVERYTHING FEELS MORE REAL
Once the dates are firmly in the diary and the countdown is in motion, those plans become increasingly real and it shuts the nagging voice in your head to get it done already too. There is a sense of relief that washes over you, another thing ticked off that ever-growing to do list. At least, that is exactly how I feel when I’ve completed a task, especially if it is something as big as organising a group trip (something I’m at the beginning of), or planning a huge piece of work that excites you at the sheer thought of it.
SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT
Perhaps it’s just me, but the feeling of planning something and getting every single task done in the process, no matter how big or small, makes me feel so proud of myself. Take Blogtober for example; I have been planning it since the beginning of last month. I am nowhere near as ready as I’d hoped to be, but every time I take photos for a certain blog post, or finish writing the words, I am so, so proud. I do a mini dance inside and move on to the next task. I assume it would be the same for a wedding, or a huge event, but on a much larger scale. Planning ahead gives me the achievement before the event has even happened, so I get to enjoy the entire process as well as the final outcome!
Of course, you can never plan every last detail. That random night at a bar that you fell into by mistake where you met the love of your life, or the time you and your best mate decided to hop onto the back of random men’s scooters abroad, or even a new idea that could be the best you’ve ever had. These memories and experiences can never be planned, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t plan the steps that come before them… the ones that cement the path to spontaneity and give you a reason to be in that place at that time. You never know what will happen when you say yes to a special event or a night out or a holiday with loved ones.
Planning ahead guarantees that you make the most of your time whether that is a weekend, or an entire year, and it ensures that whatever you put into the planning, you reap the benefits ten-fold when the time comes. When it comes to planning your career, that is a different kettle of fish entirely. If you want to live your life in a specific way, with a dream that is on your brain constantly, planning steps and goals will certainly help achieve those dreams, making it turn into your reality.
What do you think about planning ahead? Are you a planner? Or do you live life in the more spontaneous way?
Love, Faye xo