Five Minute Friday: Prepare

14888259519_6a3bea646d_mThose who’d like to participate in Five Minute Friday will write for five minutes on the topic of the week, post it on their own blog and link up the post here.  This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.

Just write.

This week’s prompt is:  PREPARE

 

You can never be too prepared…

I’ve heard this phrase so many times in my life, and I’m convinced it came from an era where there simply wasn’t as much that needed to be done, or the things that were needed were life’s basics, not the crazy stuff that seems to overtake modern everyday life.

It’s important to prepare.

It’s also important to not over-think to the point that either your expectations are out of whack, or that you drive yourself crazy preparing.

I suppose a lot of it is circumstantial.  Whenever I travel, I rarely pack bags until the night before I leave (at the earliest, really).  I may think about what I’m going to bring, but I very rarely will pack things.  Why?  Because they’re usually items I use on a daily basis anyway, so I’d just be pulling them out of the bag.  I honestly can’t fathom packing my bags any earlier than the night before.  Even when I went on a two-week vacation to the U.K., it was the night before.

The holidays?  The less preparing I do, the better, honestly.  I tend to be someone who gets melancholy about the holidays anyway… so I try to avoid thinking about them until the last minute when possible.  Sure, we’ll get a tree.  I’ll get cards purchased.  But it’s at a casual pace… the less stress around the holidays, the better.

More than being prepared, I just think it’s important to be organized in whatever way works for a person.  I have a pretty good mental filing cabinet, which is backed up and supported by  my personal planner.  I don’t go crazy planning things in advance, but I make sure to take a little time every day to get up to speed on what’s going on, what I need to do, etc.   I try (and this is my greatest fault) not to squeeze too many things into the hours of the day that I have.

Sitting with my cup of coffee and the planner is my daily preparation ritual.

And doing that means I generally don’t go insane packing or prepping things days (or weeks!) in advance.

 

Or perhaps I just tell myself that.  ;D

 

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