During a typical personal morning coffee break, I like to mentally review any rough plans for the remainder of the day. The highest priority task gets the most focus. I review the step-by-step procedures that will be done so I can reach that particular, short-term goal. The visualization of the necessary actions motivates me to quickly finish the coffee break and go into action.

This visualization/coffee break has been part of my daily routine for the past several years. It takes place after I’ve written something for this blog and schedule it to be published. I then outline a possible topic for the next day’s bluejayblog. Next, it’s time to digest some posts from several other WordPress bloggers. Finally, the coffee break happens.

That is the planned sequence that usually, actually takes place unless a drastic event like a power blackout or severe thunderstorm puts the kibosh on everything. Even then, there is some sort of contingency plan to take up the slack later on. Yes, I love structured days. Even the unstructured breaks are accounted for.

The unplanned portions of the day are just as important as the planned segments. The unplanned time is part of the reasoning behind planning the other part of each day. We are only alive for a certain, unknown amount of time. Our days should be a balance between useful work and play. Granted, there is some overlap, but I believe the reason I’m alive is to serve a purpose and also to experience living a happy life. In order to achieve this two-pronged lifestyle, some amount of rough planning is necessary. Without a basic life plan, we merge into the inertia of drudgery and habitual escapes. The concept of mindful living is the opposite of mindlessly stumbling through life.

A major part of living the “good life” includes expanding one’s horizons and exploring new opportunities and experiences. Planning is important, in order to optimize the benefits from new discoveries. It’s unwise to step into unknown territory without some ideas about our desired actions and what is necessary to fulfill them.

For example, I needed to repair several badly damaged, neglected windows on the house I purchased from my landlord last year. I am not a carpenter nor construction worker by any stretch of the imagination. I examined each window and evaluated what types of repair and possible materials would be necessary to fix and preserve them. Part of the plan included self-education about the process of window repair. I watched YouTube videos and read about techniques provided by DIY websites.

I was then able to to acquire the necessary tools and materials. I then went to work on the first window as an exercise to weed out what actually works from what only works on paper. I then planned to refine my techniques with each subsequent window repair. Some windows needed major repairs while others only needed a few coats of paint. After all of the main house windows were repaired and painted, following an overall plan enabled me to satisfactorily complete the job. The repaired windows began to pay for themselves by better isolating the interior of the house from cold temperatures and winter winds. You could say that planning really paid dividends.

If we want to convert a wish into a goal, it’s vital to establish planning. We visualize our original intentions, then figure out the steps required to make it happen. This planning triggers enthusiasm and motivation to get started. Reviewing the plans from time to time, maintains the drive to continue. Planning is what guides us to do our best work and play.

We have a limited amount of time on Earth. Now is the time to reconnect with our visions and hopes. To make the most of our time, we engage in planning. This helps us make the most of our precious time. Planning also allows us to better enjoy our unplanned time, too.


The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes author and NASA engineer, Homer Hickam. “Remember, it isn’t the dreamers who have good lives – it’s the doers. Remember also what I call the three Ps of success: passion, planning, and perseverance.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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3 Responses to Planning

  1. I compleatly agree with what your saying, its so important to have a balancešŸ’œ

  2. Jeff Flesch says:

    Excellent. Vision, planning, and action, all necessary and needed.

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