The Benefits and Challenges of Being a Planner

I am a planner. I’ve been a planner as long as I can remember. I’m not sure exactly when it started. Perhaps it was an innate characteristic I was born with. Or maybe it is something I learned along my way into adulthood. However planning decided to became part of my way of life, it’s a huge part. One that has some awesome pros and some things I definitely tend to struggle with. Are you a planner too? Maybe you can relate to these planner characteristics. The benefits and the challenges we as planners tend to face.

Benefits and challenges of being a planner

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Being Prepared

I am all about being prepared. Planning out my schedule, having all the necessary supplies ready, arriving on time, and making sure I account for any sudden changes that may occur. One of my favorite planning tools is a paper planner. I know, I know…technology though. I just haven’t fully gotten on board. I still keep an electronic schedule in my phone, but there is something so perfect about handwriting my schedule in a physical planner.

Attention To Detail

I’ve always been told that I have great attention to detail. As a planner I think this one comes naturally. You can’t be prepared or plan for an event or task if you aren’t accounting for all the details. While there are great benefits to being a detail-oriented person, there are also some challenges. I often focus so much on the details it can be harder for me to see the overall picture. I find comfort in performing detailed tasks like organizing or editing. The struggle for me is learning when to take a step back and making sure I’m not hyper-focusing on a task or situation.

Benefits and Challenges of Planner

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Might as well throw my hands up in the air right now. Flexibility is the hardest one for me. To some this comes very naturally, but for me it is a characteristic trait I’ve had to teach myself to do. Going with the flow is a little out of my comfort zone. As a planner I want everything to go smoothly and exactly how I picture it in my head as going. When things get thrown off balance, I can feel my anxiety start to come in. I’ve gotten much better over the years and have come to terms with the fact that it’s life. Life is always going to throw curve balls your way and you need to allow for flexibility when that happens.

Having a Vision

As a planner, I always have an overall vision. If I’m planning a vacation, I start with the overall picture of what I want that vacation to include. Where do I want to go? What things do I want to do? What restaurants to I want to try? Having a plan of the places I will see and where I will go makes a trip more fun for me. It gives me things to look forward to and a schedule to follow.

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Prioritizing Your Time

This one is key. Prioritizing your time is huge for a planner. We have tons of distractions today. My phone is one of them for sure. I’ve had to learn to set it down and block out certain times a day where I don’t look at social media. I need to make sure I’m prioritizing my time to get things done and make sure I’m accomplishing all I need to.

Over the years, I’ve had to navigate through the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a planner. There are tons of benefits which I appreciate and enjoy. There are also those things I struggle with and continue to work on. Are you a planner? Are there areas you excel at or struggle with? What are you favorite planning tools?

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  1. Great post, I’m a planner too and prioritisation is extremely important to me and also delegation if it can be done. I do struggle with flexibility as yourself

    1. Delegation can be a hard one for me at times too! That’s a good one to add.

  2. I ALWAYS buy a new annual calendar and never end up using it. Why?!!! I am very visual as a person and need to have things in front of me so a wall organiser would work best for me!

    1. I am such a visual person too! I love the paper calendars as well.

  3. I’m a planner too – usually bullet journal symbols in a ringed or bound planner. I love the fact that I can juggle the different bits of my life more easily. I’m not good at making it look pretty though – I buy washi and stickers and rarely use them unless I’m doing a travel journal. I’m nearly through One Book July at the moment, which has taught me that I’m not cut out for full bullet journaling!

    1. I’m not good at the pretty part either. It’s more of a mess, but it’s organized for me to understand and that’s what matters!

  4. I totally agree with all these especially on prioritizing time, it is really important to know when to do what and when to stop. I am still struggling with this. But on the bright side planning makes things easy. Great post 🙂

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