Planning vs Spontaneity – Which one’s for you and should you give the other a go?

Are you a planner? Are you spontaneous? Do you know what you’ll be doing this time next week? Have you got no idea what you’ll be doing this time next week? Would you say you’re a planner or are you spontaneous?

Some people fall into their respective category because of their lifestyle. Many people who have jobs with set hours will be planners, for example, because they’ve got chunks of time taken up so they have to be organised to fit everything else into their free chunks of time. People who have flexible working hours tend to be spontaneous because it matches their lifestyle better. Some people are planners because their parents are; some are spontaneous because they’ve got it from a friend or partner.

Whatever you class yourself as, have a think about whether it’s really the best for you. Would you enjoy life a lot more if you approached it differently? Have you ever tried taking a different approach?

You may not be able to completely overhaul your routine, but you can make small changes here and there. These small changes can make parts of your routine more enjoyable. If you’re a planner, for example, leave one day a week free and when that day comes round, throw caution to the wind and be spontaneous. If you’re spontaneous, set aside some time when you’re going to do something and stick to it. Fit whatever else you’re doing around it.

I guess the point I’m trying to make is this: if you find yourself in a routine or in a state of mind, making small changes can make things more exciting, fun, interesting and enjoyable. If you have a full-time job with set hours, you can still liven things up and be spontaneous; if you have a flexible schedule, you can still plan ahead and look forward to getting something completed as you’d planned to. It’s no good being trapped in a routine; do something different. Try a new approach and you never know how it could benefit you.

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