Jo Gore: Hi, everybody! We're here today to talk about planning. So, Jo, are you a planner?
Jo Blackmore: Um, definitely, yes! I am a planner. Um, I like to plan most things in my life in advance. If I leave things to the last minute, I usually feel a little bit stressed. Um, and what about you, Jo, are you a planner too, or are you a more of a spontaneous type of person?
Jo Gore: Er, I don't know. I think I'm a mixture. But I don't think I'm as well organised as you. Um, and actually if I plan too much in advance, then I get quite stressed that, that too many commitments and I haven't left myself some room, you know, to decide things on the day, to go with the flow and, um, to improvise a bit more. So, I think I'm a mixture.
Jo Blackmore: Mm, so you like to plan but you also like to play it by ear sometimes.
Jo Gore: Exactly, yes. I like the opportunity to play it by ear definitely.
Jo Blackmore: And do you, um, do you write a list of things to do? A to-do list?
Jo Gore: I'm a big fan of the to-do list actually. That's probably my number one, or, well, my only organisational strategy. Um, I need to see things written down to feel organised and then, so, every day I write my list and I circle the priorities in order.
Jo Blackmore: So, you do sound like, really, like an organised person. I must say, I think of myself as a planner, but I don't always write a list of things to do, and actually I forget them! So, er, I need to take some of your organisation tips, I think.
Jo Gore: Thanks, Jo! I don't know if I'm the best model, but thank you for the compliment!
So, we'd like to hear from you, from our users. Um, do you consider yourself to be a planner? Or do you prefer to be spontaneous and go with the flow? Do you think you're well organised? Um, or do you need more organisational strategies in your life? Er, what do you think? Tell us about you. We're looking forward to hearing from you.
In this video, Jo and Jo talk about whether they like planning and organising things in advance, or whether they prefer to be spontaneous and go with the flow.
Watch the video to find out who's more organised!
To plan or not to plan?
Are you the kind of person who likes to plan? Or are you the more spontaneous type? Maybe you're a mixture of the two.
If avoiding surprises and mistakes is important to you, you're probably a planner. Planners usually think something is successful when it goes exactly as they expected.
For non-planners, freedom matters most. Spontaneous types like to leave some decisions open, so that they can go with the flow. They're happy when they've enjoyed themselves, even if not everything has gone perfectly.
People sometimes think of non-planners as more creative than planners. But is that really true? A planner might arrange their day to make sure they get time to do something creative. But if you're disorganised, you might get to the end of the day and find you have no time left for things you enjoy.
On the other hand, having too many plans can be stressful. It can also stop you enjoying the moment, or mean you can't adapt your thinking to fit a new situation.
As with most things in life, the answer is probably to find balance. Tell us what you think in the comments below.
Over to you
- Are you a planner or do you prefer to be spontaneous?
- Are you well organised or not very organised at all?
- Do you write to-do lists?