078 How to keep planning from killing your spontaneity

There’s power in planning. But good planning doesn’t have to mean the death of spontaneity.

How to keep planning from killing your 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.

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