Nov 19, 2022

Planning vs Spontaneity

 As you grow up and take on more responsibilities, every decision becomes a matter of opportunity cost.

It is extremely challenging to accomplish everything you want to do in a given day. At the end of the day, it comes down to our choices and how we weigh them.

Planning helps us to make the right choices, but at the same time, there should also be room for spontaneity and surprise in our daily routines.

Let me elaborate with an example:

K goes for a walk in the morning to a nearby lake. It takes about a hour, covering a distance of around 4.5 km. He would ask me to join him, but most often, I would say, "Not today, I need to do Yoga and then cook breakfast".

Yesterday, I decided to join him for the walk. Breakfast wasn't ready, but I decided to think about it later.

It was a beautiful track to walk, with plants and trees all around, fresh air, and recently laid roads en route to the lake. It felt so refreshing and rejuvenating within 15 minutes of the walk. I even suggested that I want to buy a bicycle and cycle on these beautiful roads. K laughed, "First you come for a walk regularly, then you think about cycling"🙂

Toward the end of the walk, I felt quite tired, my pace dipped and I dragged myself to our home. It's been a long time since I walked for an hour at a stretch.

We returned home, ordered breakfast from A2B, and started our work routine for the day.

Sticking to our plans is super helpful to accomplish what we want to achieve during the day, but at the same time, giving in to spontaneous, unplanned activities can bring us joy and show us new perspectives.

Embrace routines, but also allow for spontaneity.

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