Planned Spontaneity

by Peter Conlin

What you do with your free time and what you do with your “free” money are direct results of what you have planned. To do something “on the fly” or go somewhere “on a whim” are permitted and possible because you made and worked a plan.

The simplest example are kids. “What’s that, you want to play outside?” ” Sure…but only if your chores are done.”

Can I go to the surprise birthday tomorrow or go to a friends house after church? No problem…by the way, is that book report from two weeks ago and due Monday completed?

Can I borrow the car to go hang out at the mall? Is the application to college that’s due next week in the mail?

Same with adults applies. Last minute weekend getaways are easier and more enjoyable when not followed by “I’ll mow the lawn when we get back”…or, “we’ll pay for it when the credit card bill comes next month.” We see this in the office, as well. “We’re going out for dinner after; wanna join us??” “No…project for the client (or boss) isn’t done yet and they’re expecting it in the morning.”

Make a plan. Work the plan. Enjoy the freedom that comes from following the plan.  The plan makes the spontaneous that much more fun!!!

Finances. Time. Tasks. Events. Hobbies. Family. Friends. They all have a place. They all need to have a plan.  If not, the next thing you know, someone’s upset they never see you, not realizing they never made a plan to do so. There is no control, but self-control.

And in case you think I don’t know what I’m talking about…

It’s gorgeous outside!!!!   *and my to-do list is calling my name. Later could be fun now if “it” was done earlier.

Time management matrix as described in Merrill...

Time management matrix as described in Merrill and Covey 1994 book “First Things First,” showing “quadrant two” items that are important but not urgent and so require greater attention for effective time management (Photo credit: Wikipedia)