I think planning is overrated, and I love watching people that describe themselves as “planners”, because they are inevitably pissed off most of the time. From planning your trip, your future, your wedding, your speech, or your retirement…what’s the point?
Well, before you freak out, I think some degree of planning is necessary, it serves as a rough outline for what you will be doing…at least it should be looked at as a rough outline only. Things come up…ALWAYS!
That trip you’re planning gets bogged down with bad weather, plane delays, mechanical issues, a cold or flu, or one hundred other reasons. The retirement you’re counting on gets disrupted by the shitty economy, a bad business decision, health issues, or some other UNPLANNED event. You’re wedding gets thrown off course because of the weather, not enough money, a fight with your maid of honor, and so on. And that speech you rehearsed seventy-three times gets derailed because it is not connecting with your audience, people are walking out, or snoring.
Over-planners typically are unable to get back on the saddle once thrown off due to not accounting for those things that are unexpected. All the while, the middle of the road guy, that gives himself/ herself a rough outline of what the speech should do can adjust on the fly to his/ her audience. The person that over-practices and relies too much on that one set of words…can’t adjust so quickly.
I’m a big fan of potential back up ideas as well as practicing the art of not planning. I do much better telling you on the fly what my business does than I do writing up a formal business paper…not to mention the formal business paper is super crazy boring!
I am not planning to have a kid or not have a kid, I am not planning that trip to Italy, or my next step. My life, my environment, and my personality change every day, be it a little bit or a lot. Let me ask you this, how much of what you plan has gone according to plan? Probably some, but I’d venture to say less than 20% if we’re being honest. In addition, are you living where you thought you would be living, are working where you thought you’d be working, have you been divorced (bet you planned that right?), do you have kids, do you not have kids, how many kids…blah blah blah.
My simple point is, I hate planning…so I do as little as possible. I don’t plan my blog posts, where I’m going to live, what I’m going to eat, when I’m going to go on a trip, or anything else if I can help it. And when I am called upon to plan, I do so in such a way that allows me to “shoot from the hip” as needed.