Question of the day

How far in advance do you prefer to plan?

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7 Responses to Question of the day

  1. SKL says:

    I’m not sure I’d call myself a planner. Mostly I am just trying to catch up. And trying to get my routine right so I’m ready for almost anything that may come up. Because things come up unexpectedly around here a lot.

    If I’m going to go on a trip or something, I like to know at least 3 weeks in advance in order to plan everything smoothly. The funny thing is, when it comes to vacation trips with my 2 friends, they are almost always “planned” at the last minute. Sometimes we even have to get expedited visas and such; and we miss the better prices you get if you plan ahead. Personally, I hate that, but my one friend’s style is “management by the emergency,” and the other one just follows along rather than make waves. I have to be the stick in the mud or grudgingly go along (which I usually do). At that point, since I can’t do things in my usual plodding style, I just state my main priorites, then sit back and merrily wait for the others to plan the details. So in that sense it’s low stress – and I actually do like the sense of adventure that comes with just finding out what’s going to happen tomorrow.

    For Christmas, birthdays, etc., I like to get some basic structure at least a month in advance, then fill in the details as time allows. I usually end up scrambling to some extent no matter what.

  2. Laura says:

    I have to plan in advance, but I’m not obsessive about it. we don’t go on many vacations, mostly, we just make the five-hour trip back to see our families, so we don’t have to worry about transportation or accommodations – I drive, and we stay with either my parents or his.

    But I do have to do the planning – if I don’t keep track of what’s on the schedule, we’ll miss everything. I use “Thunderbird”, which is the Mozilla answer to Outlook. Everything – all of Josh’s sports practices and school events, all doctor appointments and whatnot – go onto that calendar and also in my regular desktop planner, and I try to coordinate them once a week. That way, I have a traveling copy when I’m away from my lifeline/computer.

    And still? I screw up. Josh missed a birthday party this past weekend because I didn’t enter it into the planner.

  3. Joy says:

    As far ahead as I can plan things the happier I am. I hate last minute things. I like to “be ready” for things and can’t stand last minute plans OR changing of plans. I’ve tried loosening up but I just can’t be spontaneous.

  4. lucy says:

    I definitely like to plan in advance in order to avoid anxiety attacks :p However, I’m also great at procrastinating… so sometimes I dont have as much time as I would like. However, I can be spontaneous or deal with change of plans pretty easily.

  5. Just a Mom says:

    I like to plan at least a week ahead of time. I don’t mind spur of the moment things at all but with having 2 kids you have to have a little planning just to make sure you can get them to where they need to be.

  6. starlaschat says:

    My comfort is to be spontaneous, too many plans tend to freak me out a little bit. I guess I like to know that I can change my mind if I feel like it. I will make occasional plans and write them on the Calender. Like today, I have a plan to go meet a new friend for tea. I’m looking forward to that. I should take pictures of the place it’s the cutest little tea house.

  7. Nikki says:

    It depends on what is being planned. If it’s a nice place we’re going I like a few hours to make sure I know what I’m going to wear and get ready.

    You have to know that I really have no options when it comes to being ready for some things. My husband is always surprising us/me with things that I have no time to get ready for. I am better now, with getting older and so many surprises that I tend to just go with the flow now.

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