If you have worked for a global consulting firm you will know about the important of planning. Guessing at least 50% of my time was spent planning. I did this a lot with my clients as well.
Some aspects of my personal life I plan, like everyone else. Where I differ is many days I can wake up and have no idea. I like that and usually have the discipline to get two or three things crossed off the list. I know it can drive other people insane sometimes. I’m working on that one.
Over the years I have completed a few personality type tests. Not the ones on Facebook that tell me I am like some celebrity. Proper ones. Well as proper as any of them can be with all the necessary assumptions. A couple of things to note.
- I am not suited to a regular 9-5 type occupation,
- If I have one thing to do I consider the whole day ruined.
Wish I had known about the first one before embarking on an office based accounting career. Anyway, it all worked out in the end. Sometimes you have to go through a process to realise what you like and don’t like.
As for the second one I still battle with it regularly. It is why I try and fly early in the day. I will waste a day in a place if I have a late afternoon or evening flight. More recently I looked after a dog that needed walking early in the morning and late in the afternoon. About an hour after each walk I was already thinking of the next walk. Being aware of the problem is easy. Doing something about it is proving difficult. Still, I’m working on it and hope to improve.
Why I have been banging on about planning and what has it to do with a photo of a sunset? Well, the day this was taken I woke up in a motel that was in the top one or two of the worst places I have stayed. Woke up early and just wanted to get out of there. It was a long day and plenty of sight seeing. Turned out to be a great day. Then, I was getting close to the place where I had a hotel booked. Yes I plan a day or two in advance when on a road trip.
Looked at the time and Google maps and realised Wallis Lake in New South Wales, Australia, was close by and I might score a decent sunset. Arrived with a bit of time to spare. If you have ever watched a sunset, you will know it all happens quite fast at the end. Grabbed a few photos and then sat down to enjoy the show.
Road trips work well for someone like me who is comfortable with not knowing too much in advance. I’m sure if I had tried to plan to be at this location at the right time, I would have spent all day thinking about it (refer above…) and not enjoyed the day as much.
Have I missed out on things because I didn’t plan enough. Of course. Does it work me? No, not really. I can always go back again if necessary.