Plan The Unplanned
“There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.”
Your life can benefit from a balance between careful planning, and spontaneity.
The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve realized the paradox of planning.
It’s absolutely necessary to plan ahead, and to plan with detail.
Yet, some of my best work and/or most fun has come from unplanned activities.
Especially for work, really complex activities require you to work on your own schedule—to take some time to step back and think about a problem before tackling it. This is referred to as the maker’s schedule.
So now what do I do?
As far as I can control my own schedule, I strike a balance between the planned and unplanned.
Those commitments which I can’t pass up, I schedule. Little errands and other tasks, I schedule time to knock them out.
For bigger things? I schedule a large block of time to do whatever I want—with the goal of completing these larger tasks. Giving myself constraints puts enough healthy pressure, but leaving it open allows me the flexibility to be creative.
Sometimes it takes 2-3 hours of messing around and brainstorming before you land on a solution.
I also have especially exciting days, where I wake up and make sure to have nothing planned—and these often turn in to some of the most memorable times with family and friends.
Or even listening to my body and mind, and taking a day to do nothing but rest and indulge is just as rewarding and important.