Thursday, April 19, 2012

Random Rant Thursday - The Problem with Plans

Making plans sucks!It never works out the right way. Take a few things for example.

Last semester, I planned to continue to review books on my blog and post and all that great stuff during class. None of that worked out. I ended up taking at least a week to read one book, and even more time to review it. Now, I'm in another class. I decided to quit planning to keep up with my blog and what happens? I end up writing reviews at least once a week and looking at other's blogs the rest of the week. I finish books and write the reviews the following day. I stay on task and get school work done on time as well.

I planned to go to the Spring into the Future book tour when they stopped in DC (really Alexandria, Virginia) last Saturday. I was excited and hoping and planning to go. My little sister was supposed to go with me and everything would be fabulous! Then, I sprained my knee the weekend before.Never before having any injuries I assumed it would get better by then. NOPE! I could barely walk without crutches and moved at a snails pace.Let's not even think about how bad an idea trying to drive would be, and the parents had other things to do besides drive me to some "little book thing." (I'm 23 for goodness sakes. When will anything I do stop being "little") So once again, my plans were blown.

Time and time again I make plans only to have something better come along and make me feel horrible for making them in the first place. Almost every time I make plans, something else HAS to occur at the same time on the very same day. Why on earth cant things happen when I have absolutely nothing to do huh? All the fun and exciting stuff just sits back and waits until some requirement comes along and then WHAM! it pops out in front of me, taunting me and telling me how fun it is and wonderful and "It's too bad you have that important thing to do because we could have so much fun together." Then, say some miracle happens and I somehow get out of the important thing, all of a sudden, the fun and exciting other thing gets cancelled too. Or how about when the one thing you missed ends up being the best fun thing ever and "Oh My Gosh I can't believe you missed it!!!

I'm pretty sure plans and I don't get along. They're only really made to show people how much of a failure they are when it doesn't work out. How much they aren't fun anymore because they have important stuff to do instead. That`s why, beginning today, I'm going to stop making big plans until the last possible second (if I can) I'm just going to go with the flow (for the most part) and I'm going to show plans who's the boss.

Am I going to blog during this class? I'm not sure. Stay tuned and find out.

Am I going to set dates for doing homework and dates for reading and writing? Nope! Probably Not. All I'm going to do is make sure I meet the hard class deadlines for assignments.

Now that I think about it though, I cant really stop making plans. Ultimately, what I'm doing right now is making plans not to make plans. That sucks. I think the real problem with plans is, no matter how much you don't want to make them or follow through or whatever, you can't help but make them.

What do you think? What are your experiences with making plans? Please tell me I'm not alone!


LoveOfBooks said...

Oh man, sorry about your knee!

I honestly hate planning too, because they always seem to get messed up. The bigger the plans, the more messed up they get. lol - sucks.

Just go with it... :D

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Planning has it pros and cons. On one hand, you feel productive, proud of yourself and feel secure that you know what is going on. On the other hand, it sets up expectations that end in bigger disappointment than if you would have had no plans at all.

I like to plan because it makes me feel better but I always assume that it won't work out or it won't go according to plan (which is really important when you are planning a wedding by the way).

I can tell you are frustrated and I want to be encouraging without being cheesy or fake. Just know that when I say that I understand and it will be okay, I really mean it :)

Jess said...

I'm terrible with making plans. I thought I could easily continue book blogging when I started working and it has been all over the place. I have so many draft blog post and books piling up !!

I just remember that blogging is a choice, it's supposed to be fun and it's okay if things get a little behind.

Lan said...

Sorry to hear about your leg Sherre. It sucks when you make plans like that and they don't pan out. I am always making promises to myself that I will do this and that and somehow I always end up in front of the TV! Don't worry about this blog too much, It's meant to be fun :)

Sherre said...

Thanks for the encouraging words everyone. Its good to know I'm not alone in this!

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