How many days ahead do you plan?

How far ahead do you plan? - A picture of a Harry Potter calendar.
Singapore
April 12, 2007 3:46am CST
I woke up today thinking it was Wednesday. I was still reminding myself before I slept last night to make full use of today. When I picked up today's papers and realized it was Thursday, it was a disorientating feeling that was not at all comfortable. It seemed as if someone had stolen time from me and I cannot recall where the missing day went. Has this happened to you before? I remember a time when I used to plan activities months ahead. I will rely on monthly calendars because anything of a smaller time frame would be insufficient for my need. And on top of that, I will know exactly what I need to do any day of the week. Before my sleep each night, I will also run through the activities for the next few days. Sadly, this kind of planning has changed from months ahead to a few days, to 2 days, to finally 1 day. Nowadays, I live on a day to day basis. I don't know what tomorrow will bring - probably the same old cold turkey. I don't want to think about tomorrow, yet it seems wrong if I don't. So I sometimes plan for the next day; sometimes, not at all. What about you? Do you live on a day to day basis like me? Or do you plan for several days in advance? Or weeks? Months? Years? Do share your thoughts, and any 5 or 10 years plan you may have. :P
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@shoelover (896)
• Australia
12 Apr 07
I plan on a day to day basis. With the way my husband is I cannot do any less. Before I start my day I have to check what sort of mood my hubby is in and then work around that. Any appointments I make can suddenly change at any given time because of this. I myself got mixed up on my days yesterday. I actually thought it was Thursday when it was really Wednesday. I had forgotten to cross my calander as that is the only way I keep track of the days.
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• United States
12 Apr 07
I am like you. I cross each day off. If I didn't do that I would get mixed up on what day it is. I am glad that I am not the only one who crosses the days off.
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• United States
12 Apr 07
It really depends on what I am planning for, but most of the time, I live day by day. I have plans now that are set for June, but that is about it. I am kind of a "get a wild hair up my butt and do something on the spur of the moment" person.
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• United States
12 Apr 07
I am one that does not plan ahead. Even going on a vacation is not planned ahead. My husband does not like to make plans. Other things they just come up on me and I do them as they come along. Even something as small as sending cards. You know birthday cards, anniversary cards, special holiday cards. I have birthdays and anniversary's written up on the calendar. It still doesn't do any good. Right at the last minute I run to the store and get a card and drop it in the mail.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
12 Apr 07
but dont we have to plan to lead a disciplined life??
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@crackhead (1826)
• India
12 Apr 07
I am almost of your kind sunshinelady. I don't have a clear planning of what to do on a particular day. being busy with work and some other tings though i plan i may not be able to make up things in time.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I remember when my former roomie used to do that, and schedule me too! I mean, sometimes you just want to veg infront of the TV or with a good book, but NOOOOOO!!! Not to say she had EVERY night planned out, she did know I wouldn't put up with that, but she had gotten to the point where I had to inform her that I wasn't going to have something going every weekend either. I'm an introvert, I need some alone time. Now, I have my work week planned out & any change in either my or the roommie's schedule will throw me off, make me late. At least this roommate doesn't see the need to have all the time planned. And the former roommate has become too disabled to do all that any more. I think that was my big objection, she would plan this stuff, then think she could back out & send me instead, I finally told her that if she couldn't do the activity, I wasn't.
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• Singapore
12 Apr 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
Oh yes, I have a friend like that too. He is such a social butterfly that he has every night planed months ahead. I can't figure how someone can have the energy to spend every night outside.:P
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@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
12 Apr 07
I used to be pretty careless in planning things. I remember an old relative who told me that you don't plan for tomorrow only. You must plan your life farther ahead. I have two girls to think about. Although, my plan is still not that solid yet but I'm taking the initiative to do so. Its not easy planning things alone. Its not easy carrying the burden on my own either. I tried to picture out what I will be, say, 10 years from now. My relative said that by planning ahead, you need perseverance and hard work to reach your goal.
• Singapore
12 Apr 07
It is scary to plan one lifetime.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
12 Apr 07
because I run a newsletter and I have to get it ready the day before it is due, I always feel that way. I always think I am a day ahead. I feel stupid when people have to correct me, and once I even went for a doctor's appointment thinking it was thursday when it was only wednesday.
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• Singapore
12 Apr 07
For work, definitely. No choice there.
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
12 Apr 07
I have planning in long term but genreally I do not plan on what to do the next day, that is why i sometimes do things in an unorganized manner, I think long term planning is important, but it seems it may be useless to plan on day to day basis, so many thing happen everyday and you just cannot follow your planning. I will let things to happen natural and i will deal with it when something arises. May be itis a good thing not to plan as you will be full of surprise everyday as nothing have been expected and prepared before.
• India
12 Apr 07
i don't plan anything as i beleive that everything(whether good or bad) happens at the last moments...
@riyasam (16578)
• India
12 Apr 07
i plan for a rainy day.maybe it may never come.maybe i am a bit insane but thank god i am not alone.
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I would like to say that I plan everything ahead because I have always had good intentions; things just never seem to work out that way though. I used to be much better about it than I am now. As the years go by, I seem to get worse and worse. I keep an ongoing calendar with all of my appointments and that helps to keep me at least somewhat on track. I cannot honestly say though that I have not shown up for an appointment at the wrong time, or even on the wrong day. I think what really bothers my kids though is the days that I wake them up for school before I realize that it is a weekend. They just shake their heads and tell me it's Saturday and to go back to bed.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I also have my usual Wednesday night karaoke that I go to each week. That helps me at least keep some focus on one day of the week. I have had to be reminded occasionally though. Once or twice, my kids have asked me what time I was planning to leave for karaoke and I had to rush to get ready. Those are some more of the days when I do not know what day it is. I think it happens to all of us at one time or another.
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• Singapore
13 Apr 07
Plan for surprises. :P
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I have to plan for surprises because I never know when they will jump out at me.
@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
12 Apr 07
Wiz for a 6 years old you are a very serious child. Lol. I plan my life on a day to day basis. Ofcourse i have some things that are planned weeks and even months ahead, but this is unusual for me. There are special dates, that i have to take action in them, if we are talking about payments, special events and special visits from a friend that lives on another country. But otherwish i plan my events from today to tommorow, and somtimes for the next two or three days. Especially when it involves other people. For example, I have a theater play that is planned for tommorow, i planned to go with a another 4 people, so i have to be serious about it, and not forget about it, because there is money involved here and my friends would not see me as a responsible person if i will forget our plans.
• Singapore
12 Apr 07
If I am serious enough about life, I wouldn't be at myLot. I would be tucked in some cubicle slogging it out at some MNC.
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@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
12 Apr 07
you have a point here..Lol wiz
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• Singapore
12 Apr 07
I hate myself. Save me.
@weemam (13377)
12 Apr 07
I have given up on planning things, you knowmy Mum and Dad don't keep well , and because Ros has CP i drive him about too , I plan to take MUM and Dad somewhere then they can't make it or I plan to stay in for a change and I get a phone call and I have to go help , hey!! don't get me wrong I love them all to bits and I am glad I can do it but now and then ( not often ) I do wish things were a we bit more uniformed ( is that the right word lol ) tomorrow hubby and I have a day out planned just the two of us , watch this space lol xx
• Singapore
12 Apr 07
;-)
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@weemam (13377)
12 Apr 07
:) :) :) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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• Philippines
13 Apr 07
Like what you used to do, I plan ahead, a month or more advanced. It's not because I'm such a grand planner, but I blame it to my being a worrisome person. I always have negative thoughts about things that may happen if I haven't done this before this time or if I haven't finished something before its deadline. Thus, I always plan ahead. I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about how I do my stuff and planning my life and my life's activities have come to my attention. You see, advanced planning have its pros and cons for me. When I plan things in advance, I already have 50% assurance of success, I only need to follow it through with a good execution of my plans. But the negative side is that, I grow anxious. I always find myself standing in front of my calendar and fuss. Counting the number of days, contemplating what will happen if these things happen before this day, uh uh, such negative thoughts! I say, I should let myself go with the flow sometimes, or do what youa re doing right now, living on a day-to-day basis. I should relax my life a bit so I can achieve my 10-year plan of building a grand mansion for my Mom :D
• Singapore
13 Apr 07
Don't worry so much then. :P
@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
12 Apr 07
I have a long term plan but things beyond my control keep it out of the actual progression stage. When i was working I found I was always looking ahead to the next promotion, ordering stock for 2 months ahead or longer, planning rosters, doing budgets. I was so busy planning the future I didn't have time to live in the present. Time passed way too quickly because I was always living in the future. Now I relish every day doing what I can to maintain a healthy, happy, fulfilling existence. I'm not always successful but that's the general plan....lol.
• Singapore
13 Apr 07
Looking ahead to the next promotion? HAHA :P
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I plan on a day to day basis as its pretty hard for me to plan too far ahead. Things change every day and even though I do try to keep to a schedule, I never can. I have a 4 year old son that wants to go out and do stuff so I have to try and fit it in with the daily errands and household chores and stuff like that. When I was working I use to keep a calendar/diary and could keep to it, but nowadays, there no such thing as planning ahead for my little family LOL :)
• Singapore
12 Apr 07
Children introduce that element of surprise. :P
• India
12 Apr 07
Making plans has never worked for me, so I have always been a spontaneous guy. Even my travel plans are something that are made in a jiffy. I recently just decided to fly back home to visit my parents. It was a whirl-wind trip. I booked my ticket online and before I knew it, I was homeward bound. I ended up surprising my parents and it was quite a nice trip. My best laid plans have always gone horribly wrong but all the things that I have done at a moment's notice have all gone right. I can't say the same thing about my academic performance though! Though I try to be spontaneous there also, my score sheets seem to tell a different story all together!
• Singapore
12 Apr 07
That's cool...
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
12 Apr 07
Maybe it was with the Easter holidays that through you off not knowing exactly what day it was as this happened to me too a couple of days ago. Yes I used to plan ahead of time but lately it has been a bit harder to do this but once I have more time to myself and then I will get everything back up to date and be planning my days ahead of time, I did do something yesturday which I normally do tomorrow so I will have time to do this. I like to plan a couple of days in advance.
• Singapore
12 Apr 07
It was just a normal Sunday for me, no other holidays.
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
12 Apr 07
I only plan ahead on things that happen at the same time every year (holidays, birthdays, etc) or things I have to have appointments for (like doctors, which sadly seem to rule my life sometimes). I do carry a planner just so I don't forget my work schedule, and those appointments, but I rarely look at it except to say "Oh yeah I have to be at work at this time" or "Oh yeah I have an appointment today". Other than that, I'd rather not plan too far ahead. I have a young son, and I like to enjoy my time with him without thinking about the future when I can. I have a lot of health problems, which also makes me feel like I'd rather think about enjoying today than what could or couldn't happen in a future I might not even live to see. The only long-term plans I try to make are financial ones, and that's only because I work in a bank and see on a day-to-day basis what happens to people who don't make financial plans. Even then, it's more digging myself out of a hole caused by my medical bills than anything else.
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• Singapore
12 Apr 07
Fair enough..
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I have woke up many days also thinking it was a day a head or behind the actual day it is. I make full use of every day. I only get a newpaper on Wednesday so I know when it comes, what day it is for sure. My husband works an odd schedule and his days off are Sundays and Mondays. When he goes back to work on Tuesday, it feels like a Monday to me. On his days off, I feel like it is a Saturday and Sunday because most people call those days, the weekend. I make alot of plans ahead, but I also make me a daily schedule of things I wish to get accomplished. I rewrite my monthly lists and daily lists each day as I get things narrowed down. I live on a day to day schedule also but I try to work in as much as possible so I do not have so much to do the next day. I never know what tomorrow will bring either so I always strive to accomplish as much as possible when i have the chance to do so. I try not to think about tomorroweither until it gets here, but alot of times, I cannot go to sleep unless I have it all played out in my mind of what I will do as soon as I wake up. I make daily plans and weekly and monthly plans. Soometimes I can even schedule years in advance if I am setting a goal for myself. It all works out each day and if I do not get around to doing something today, I make sure I get to it first thing tomorrow. You have to have some kind of routine or schedule in life to make sure everything is done and on schedule.
• Singapore
12 Apr 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
Thanks for sharing.;-)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I try to plan things way ahead. I know that me and the kids are going to Florida in June and I am already making lists of things to take on the plane and things to pack for the month we will be there. Sometimes I get lazy and don't plan ahead too well. For instance, my son signed up for Tball over a month ago and I didn't go get his pants until the day before his first game. LOL I just kept procrastinating. :) I do live on a day to day basis to a point. I don't freak out when something changes in my plans. I just go with it. :) BUT...I do like to be prepared. It seems to make things go so much easier.
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• Singapore
12 Apr 07
You definitely need planning if you are doing traveling. :P
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