There’s power in planning. But good planning doesn’t have to mean the death of spontaneity.
This week’s Inspire Me quote:
“Some of the most thrilling things in life are done on impulse.”—Unknown
There are many good reasons to practice spontaneity:
- Fosters your creativity.
- Enhances your ability to capture and enjoy the moment.
- Keeps you from being predictable and boring.
- Enhances your sense of adventure.
There’s also a lot of power in planning:
- It quiets your mind by reduces panic.
- It makes it easier to recruit and align a team.
- It is a more effective use of energy.
A good plan that keeps spontaneity alive is:
- Imperfect. In fact, should be imperfect to ward of procrastination.
- Simple. Describes the minimum that it needs to; the what, when and how.
- Focused. It’s tied to a WHY. Why am I doing this? What will be gained? What loss will be prevented.
- Visible. If you don’t see it or remember it, it has little power.
- Flexible. Better to set monthly or weekly plans rather than daily ones.
This week’s Challenge Me:
If you’re a planner, try plan some spontaneity in your life. If you’re spontaneous, try to spontaneously put a plan together. Either way, try to strike a balance between the two.