I love planning things. Baking challenges, writing posts and stories, YouTube videos, moves, schedules, anything creative or organisational.
The problem with this is that I don’t always like doing everything I plan. My excitement usually builds up immensely during the planning process, but I often use all of my productive energy for that project whilst organising the details in advance.
I once spent a total of week full week creating a bullet journal and schedules for the next year. I literally used every spare moment for about three weeks planning everything out and sketching/writing it down. I listed out the topics and ideas for 52 blog posts and 99 videos, questions to reflect on at the end of every week, schedules for writing and editing a novel in one year, ways to keep track of my habits and emotions, focus words for every month, and pages for gratitude journaling through daily sketches.
I only lasted one week doing everything, about three weeks doing half of it, and about four months doing the questions and using it to keep track of my work schedule.
I do things like this all the time. And I get burnt out or overestimate how much I’m actually capable of accomplishing. I have done this with art, writing, music, organising free time, cooking, reading, making videos, learning, and even trying to maintain or build more interpersonal relationships and interactions. I love the act of building up my emotions and motivation for these things, but I am not the best at carrying those feelings or that determination into the projects and relationships themselves.
I’ve been learning lately to only plan out specific things and then just jot down my ideas for everything else. I then work on the planned things according to a loose schedule and work on the ideas when I feel motivated or feel as though I need to do something with them.
Do you prefer planning or doing? Do you have any advice for those of us who go overboard planning? Let me know in the comments!