As a part-time digital nomad, I am asked all the time by my well-intentioned loved ones “But what’s your plan?” While it’s contrary to everything we have been taught along the way, planning every moment of our life has several disadvantages. Here’s why plans are overrated.
Something Always Comes Up
It’s a tough one to swallow, but almost everything in life is out of your control. Other people’s plans, schedules, interests, and free-will choices change—and when they do they will throw a wrench in your plans. If you plan from a place of flexibility, it will be easier and less stressful for you to accept a change of plans.
Planning Can Lead To Missed Opportunities
You may set a goal with mini-milestones along the way, but the universe has a wonderful way of presenting us with opportunities sooner than we had planned. Sometimes the timing still isn’t right, but sometimes it is—but you are so busy sticking to your plan that you don’t realize it until it is too late.
Over Planning Leads To Stress
This is a tricky one, but as we add things to our schedules months in advance—we are sometimes left stressed to the max when the time arrives. Instead, leave more “maybes” on your schedule so that you are not overcommitted in advance. This will leave more time for rest, play, dating, romance, creativity, self-care, a mindful pause, and living your life!
There are certainly many things we need to plan, such as how to get everyone in the family to school, work, and extracurricular activities, but in many cases plans are overrated. However, we would all benefit from more spontaneity in our schedules.