Why I Love Planning.

As I had written about rather extensively  before, I love to plan. I love having a planner, personalising it, logging details, debilitating over colours, sticking in Washi tape… But the question ‘why’ was never really answered.

As you can see, I’ve had quite a few planners throughout the year.

Personally, this year has seen me taking on a lot: I had been a student until late June, I’ve blogged daily, relaunched my blog, got on to the NTCJ course, largely kept up with a monthly column. This came with having to schedule so far in advance, keep track of essays and copy submitted, as well as pencilling in interviews I had to attend. (I’m just getting started!)

The thing about me planning is that..well. I guess it keeps me in check! Apart from just being a deadline or appointment tracker, this helps me in terms of my Aspergers; I feel less anxious, more prepared, in control. (I dislike that out of control feeling when you don’t know what is happening, or when something should be happening.)

It also allows me to keep track of ideas-what to write for this blog and the column, gift ideas, poetry snippets, to do lists, brainstorms.

Finally: I can juggle more! I have more of a structure to my days, so I can be productive, but this also allows me to do so much more. I can be out but active on social media having scheduled in advance; I can brainstorm blog photography. All in one place!

Why do you plan?

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7 thoughts on “Why I Love Planning.

  1. Bev Mynott says:

    I love planning too, and you identified exactly why I plan – It makes me feel in control and consequently less anxious.
    I am a project manager, which means keeping track of a lot of things, and planning helps me with that. I use my calendar to set up routines for the month, for example project billing during the 3rd week of he month, financial projections at the end of the month, etc, and I keep a to do list of all actions to get everything done on time.
    I also have lots of personal stuff to organise, including a house move to Scotland, so I will be using my planners a lot this year!
    Thanks for a great article and for helping me understand why I am such an obsessive planner.

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  2. Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

    The only thing I currently plan is my blog – apart from the usual diary on my phone that’s used for appointments, that is.
    Even then it really feels like a necessity. With all the books I’m reading, ARC’s I requested and got approved for and then the indie authors contacting me to read and review their books as well… It’s just a big must for me. I don’t like posting twice a day so I really do need a schedule to see when I can post what – and adapt my mental reading schedule accordingly.

    I’m in luck of not having to plan anything for my job – but I’m sure that’ll be something that might be added later-on since I’m only now starting to indulge myself more and more into my job – and things that aren’t even in my job description.

    Let’s just say that every blogger needs at LEAST a decent blog planner. And maybe I should buy one, sooner rather than later, instead of the monthly print-out templates I’m currently using…

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    • Mademoiselle says:

      Thank you for such a long comment; it’s very thoughtful of you. I feel the ‘need’ to plan, because my Aspergers demands the need for a routine/timetable; I also have this blog to contend to, and other freelance assignments, plus projects. I think you’re lucky in not having to plan 🙂

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      • Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

        You’re welcome!

        In a way I wish I’d feel the same need because I sometimes feel like being all over the place. On the other hand, I kind of like the freedom of doing whatever I want whenever I want to do it. [And you’re probably wishing pretty much the opposite of what I’m wishing, haha.]

        Anyway, all that matters is that we all find the right way to handle things and that works best for us as well. 🙂

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