I’ve never really considered myself to be much of a planner. I am the daughter of a chronic planner and worrier so I’ve always regarded myself to be rather laid back and impulsive, a fly by the seat of my pants kinda girl. If it was ever true it is no longer. Since becoming a mother I have become more and more a planner. It is for my sanity really. I need to write down who needs to be where and when. No overly complicated plans but a name and a place next to a date so that I don’t put too many things on any single given day.
These days when I leave the house I take water bottles, snacks and maybe even a change of clothes if we’ll be out for sometime. I visualise in my mind where we’re going and see if I can get as many odd jobs ticked off lists en route. I detest nothing more than having to retrace my steps in a day. Yet still I wouldn’t consider myself to be a compulsive planner, I’m still flexible to last minute changes and impromptu plans.
Currently my partner’s family are in town. Standing next to these people I might appear to be a compulsive planner. It was only a couple of days before they arrived that they actually confirmed their trip, letting us know that rather than staying in town for one week they now were staying for two. Then after a couple of days they had to find accommodation in the midst of the school holidays because despite booking a trip for two weeks they’d only booked accommodation for three nights! Bizarre. If I was going on a trip the last thing I would want to do would be flapping around organising new accommodation when I could be lapping up the sights. I just don’t get the logic. Different strokes for different folks I guess.
Perhaps it is because I feel so time poor I want to make sure I can maximise every minute to its fullest potential? Who knows?
An exciting parcel arrived this week. My new diary for 2013. This is my third red weekly notebook planner in a row. The size and format of this diary really works for me. A small space to jot down events and a ruled page to write lists, thoughts, observations, questions and the like. I’ve already coloured in all the school holidays and have events and plans recorded well into April.
So what about you? Do you plan or just lob up?