Thursday, February 25, 2016

To Plan or Not to Plan: Floral Knit Dress + Belted Cardigan

I have this weird, conflicted relationship to planning things.

 


On the one hand, if I'm going anywhere or doing anything new, I like to have a plan. More so, I really like to have the time and mental space to visualize what's going to happen and sort of mentally walk myself through things. If I'm going on a plane trip, the night before, I will literally visualize driving to the airport, getting to the gate, etc. — the whole process. It calms me and it helps me feel like I have things under control (this is all the more important when I'm wrangling a small child during the process of travel).  


But when it comes to planning everyday things, I kind of fall apart. I have only just started using a planner, and am kind of getting used to being on top of various meetings, appointments and other stuff (I'm not trying to sound self-important here, but my day job involves lots of rather mundane appointments, and it feels lately as though there are lots of dentist visits and oil changes and things that must be kept track of). It turns out I am capable of being somewhat organized, now that I have found a system that works for me. 


But when it comes to creative pursuits — writing, this blog — I tend to go with no plan at all. I sit down and start working, and see what happens. Right now, I like to give myself the space to just write freely, without overthinking it or laboring over a topic. I do think I will get to the point where I have more of an "editorial calendar," but right now I'm relishing just having the freedom to say what's on my mind. 


What about you — are you more of a planner, or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of person? I'm definitely a little bit of both.

Cardigan, necklace and dress, gifted
Belt, stockings and shoes, thrifted
Total cost to me: About $7

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  1. Like you, I'm a wee bit of both. I used to literally wing things when it came to the blog but after a year of non active writing, a year of taking a hiatus, I finally decided to sit down and plot out an editorial calendar, and I must say, it works. It "does" make my life easier. I'm in a better position to separate day job from blogging, and efficacy levels appear higher. That said, the initial stage of plotting and planning was very traumatic and stressful GRIN I'm thinking it can only get better with time?

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    1. I have REALLY been meaning to sit down and do an editorial calendar, but I just haven't managed it. I blame burnout for some of it — I'm a features editor and I spend so much time working on the editorial calendar for my day job that, when it comes to my blog, I often feel like I don't have the energy! But I know it will pay of if I buckle down and do it :)

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  2. I rarely plan blog posts. I always feel like I should, but then I just like the spontaneous moments, I like being able to say whatever, I like being able to share something right away if I want to, so... I never do. Day trips and all of that, I definitely plan though. Especially with two kids! So I am a little of both as well, I think.

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