Well I don’t think I need to say much since a picture is about 1000 words 😉 —>
Isn’t it pretty??? Yes I know, I was drooling over it when I saw it too… But you know what? The moment I saw it I knew this new hype, bullet journaling, just isn’t for me. Even though I am quite creative, I can’t draw to save my own life… so this was out of the question 😉 now where am I going with this? Right here –>
I used to be the person (“used to be” is the KEY word in this sentence) who would plan out every hour of every day! My meals, my workouts, my free time, reading time… EVERYTHING! It obviously didn’t look as pretty as the diary above…
Did it work? Well that depends on how you measure success… I can tell you the Pros and Cons and I believe you will clearly see if it worked or not.
- I was always on time (and usually earlier) for everything.
- Things AWLAYS got done.
- I never had to ask myself “what’s for dinner”.
- If my plan failed, my day would take a bad turn and my mood would immediately turn to grumpy
- I would say no, to friends and their impromptu plans for a drink or a coffee – since it wasn’t on my schedule!
- I would feel seriously guilty if I didn’t do the “designated” workout for the day. I’d still do it but not enjoy it 😦 (probably cause I was in the mood for a different work out but of course…can not possibly deviate from my plan!!)
- Too much pressure on myself!
- Not being spontaneous at all… well isn’t that a romance killer…
- Apparently, trying to “fit people” into your schedule is also frowned upon.
So this is my list. These are all the reason why i decided to STOP this kind of planning. As it turned out it was just not for me. the moment I would structure my workouts -written in stone etc… – I would have trouble getting them in and sticking with it. I strongly believe it is a mental thing…
So what I do now?
Well, i still plan but in a more “weekly” instead of daily fashion. I know what I have to accomplish in this week, running workouts, other plans etc, and I just juggle my day. If I feel like running a my Tempo run – great! If not, I’ll spin or lift weights. I have most of my groceries at home and able to pick out of 1-2 dinner option 🙂
Impromptu runs & workouts with friends are so much more fun and keep me motivated! – – So what have I learnt so far? (And of course this is totally personal, the fact I can’t plan like that doesn’t mean no one can or should do it!)
I have learnt that daily planning suffocated me! It feels like it puts too much pressure on me. Knowing what to exactly eat, what exact work out to do… really didn’t work for me. It was like, every time time I tried it my fun time would turn into an obligation and I ‘d be knee deep in denial… Oh the brain is such a powerful thing! I learnt that it is OK to let go! Over organising (or should I say controlling) every single aspect of life is just not necessary!
I have an idea (name it a week plan) about all the things I would like to accomplish in this week (some sort of a veeeeery long to do list) and I tick things off as i go 🙂
I would love to hear your opinion on this people! What type of planner are you? Any one can relate with me on this?