Modern-day technology is a gift and enables us to plan effectively both in our professional and social environments. We have email, SMS, online calendars and hand-held devices where we can store appointments, commitments and other useful pieces of information.
It is necessary to make plans. Our lives could end up in utter chaos without plans. However, while structure and boundaries make up plans, have we now lost the spontaneous side in our minds? Spontaneity has drawn a negative connotation in recent years, but is it always a bad idea? Throwing caution to the wind and doing something that is unplanned is edgy and exciting. Do we always want to be checking our portable hand-held devices every time we need to do something? Here are five reasons why making plans can sometimes be a bad idea.
Plans take time to make. In fact, we will dare to go a step further and state that plans can actually take up more time than the planned event. Is this a useful way of managing time? In our professional lives, time management is key and strategy meetings can go on for hours… Perhaps a little less over-verbalizing and more action is a better way to move forward. Old adage; actions speak louder than words is perhaps one to remember. It is not just in the professional world either; social engagements should not have to have endless hours of planning. So, get your dancing shoes on and let’s go dancing!
A planned strategy may well have its positives, but what if there is a better way? In reality, plans do not always pay off. In fact, many plans have strayed far from the original planned route and other options have kicked in naturally. When this happens, immense satisfaction can be felt from capitalizing on unforeseen circumstance that present opportunities. Ultimately, making plans can suppress and dumb-down the myriad of options to complete the actual goal.
Ideal Outcome or a Real Outcome?
Plans produce the ideal outcome. Nevertheless, there is a lot to be said for the real outcome and an attempt to predict the outcome. An attempt to predict the outcome may hinder the journey and blur the objectives that come with achieving the goal. Is it necessary to have to dictate the ideal outcome of everything we do before we have started taking action? Why not see what happens – keeping the goal in mind but allow nature to take its course, then respond accordingly with less concern for what was suppose to happen and more focus on what is happening.
Being Rational with the Unscripted Action
Planning is considered a rational and sensible action. But who said rational thinking always requires plans? To be irrational is to think or act without consideration of reason or deprived of normal mental clarity or sound judgment. However, on-the-spot action is not void of rational thinking. As humans we ignite with feelings in response to our circumstances and are motivated by our sensors, engaged in our environment and from there we must allow the journey to lead. Unscripted action can bring great results and should not be seen as irrational, instead it should be credited as the most raw-human response when we spontaneously interact with our environment. Throw that caution out of the window and do something unplanned for a change. What is there to lose?
Fear of the Unknown
Fear is one of the most common factors that prevent us as humans from achieving anything. Studies have shown that the first thing we think about when we wake up is what we fear the most. Planning creates a (false) sense of security by creating the impression that we have control. The idea is if we have a plan, we have assessed the risks and potential diversions but we can be prepared and, ultimately, capable of control. Our default setting (a.k.a. why we attempt to plan) is to predict and prevent obstacles. But, if we never take a wrong step, how are we to learn from our mistakes? If we step in to the unknown, we might naturally find a way that takes us through an unplanned route and helps us to avoid unrealistic expectations, false hopes, unnecessary and purposeless stress.
Planning is great, but there are times when it is not necessary in order to find the BEST result.