#90 Planning – ‘Now, That’s A Good Idea!’

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Planning is not my forte*. I know what it is and what its purpose is, but I just never seem to be able to do it. At the start of each year in secondary school every student was given a planner, and a big bowl of apathy. Both seemed as useless as each other, but they were handed out every year without fail. I never made much use of the apathy and the planner just became my daily graffiti journal, a place I could perfect my ‘2K2′ tag. Writing the date in a cool way seemed to be my primary pre-occupation at that time, and it was clearly very important to me.

I do remember once a teacher told me off because I had forgotten to bring my planner to school that day. The next time I had it they said I have to write in my planner that I must remember to bring it every day. So I then had to write in a thing I never wrote in, read a thing I never read, in order to remind me to take a thing I never take. Needless to say, I had some very disappointed teachers, and my planning never really improved. My 2k2 tags were poppin’ though.

I suppose you could say that I am someone who values spontaneity. I tend to focus on the here and now, and think about what I feel or think at that moment. I often work from the rather binary decision-making strategy of deciding whether I am happy, and if the answer is no, I change something. Or if something sounds even better that what I am doing, then I do that.

A few years ago I was living in Germany and after being there for 9 or 10 months I decided to move to Vienna. This is something which had never occurred to me before, and had never been a goal of mine, but a change is as good as a rest as they say.

Now, a good planner would have made sure when they left Germany that there was no more rent to pay, a good planner would have also saved some money for their new life, a good planner would have organised a new therapist, or at least checked the process for accessing mental health professionals in their new country, a good planner may even get a job prior to moving, and a good planner would also organise residency permits and other legalities.

But as we have already established, I am not a good planner. I thought of this idea on a Thursday, and was on a bus to Vienna by the Sunday morning.

Today though, in preparation for moving to Ireland in July, my girlfriend and I have been planning. Well, when I say planning. This is Mindfump planning. I suppose to the average person, I have just been thinking. Something which I have no prior experience of. We have been thinking ideologically, about what we want and where we want to be. Looking at towns and villages we may like to live in, and places we could work.

I think that promotes me from ‘Improvisor’ to ‘disorganiser’, I admit that I am still some way from organised. Largely because I have no way to move my furniture from Vienna, I have no job, no savings, no long-term accommodation, no healthcare coverage and no idea about the legalities of moving – yet. I do have an idea though, at least an idea where my life is going and what that should include in Ireland. I think that is the start of planning. That must be phase one. Idea, then plan around that. So that is what I am doing.

I am mentally feeling good though, I find that when new things are happening and mundanity* is gone from the rear view mirror I am content. The big mental hurdle will arrive after all these things have been and gone. I seem to need projects and change, to satisfy myself. This is certainly change enough for now. Although if things ever get really mundane, I can start work on my ‘2K17’ tag*.


*Forte is the strongest part of a sword. Every day is a learning day. 

*New word.

*That makes me feel old. 

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    1. Mindfump

      Who knows, maybe they were a subconscious investment and they will be worth millions in the future. Although judging by the amount of people who were doing it at school, I suspect they’re not worth so much…

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  1. desertcurmudgeon

    Great post. And this line is proof that you live by pure wisdom: “I often work from the rather binary decision-making strategy of deciding whether I am happy, and if the answer is no, I change something.” That’s it. The attitude of one who knows how to play life properly.

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  2. updownflight

    When I was a kid I thought everything besides going to school was optional. Homework included. And my parents were never the types to even ask me if I had any. But eventually I did learn when the grades started to really mean a lot.

    I am actually a pretty good planner now. I guess it started when I got my first serious job. The job required careful planning, otherwise I’d get overwhelmed and fail at my tasks, which would not have been good. When I go on vacations I enjoy some planning too. At least enough to make things go smoothly, though I don’t over plan so as to not enjoy some spontaneity.

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    1. Mindfump

      Gosh, yes! I thought the same. What a great way to put it. Everything was totally optional for me too. My grades didn’t drop because they were already low though. So I never had that moment of realisation haha.

      I do think I need to change it though. As you say about being overwhelmed and failing. I do the same. It would definitely benefit me to plan.

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  3. Rebecca

    First; You should probably go get yourself a planner! One of those fancy grown-up ones in black with a golden ‘2017’ imprint on it. Then you can plan the shit out of this move!!

    I see what you mean with being content when new things happen…. I just quit my job… which is not easy when you are co-owner, I just learned. I dont wanna tell people yet cos they will just ask me what I’m gonna do next…. and laughing and saying ‘how the hell should I know’ is not a acceptable or conventional answer I think.

    But moves are fun, aren’t they!! I love moving.

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    1. Mindfump

      Oh my girlfriend has one of those fancy ones, they look great but I just know I wouldn’t use it. I try and convince myself that I am just supremely confident in my brains abilities. Although it has provided very little evidence for which to back that statement up.

      Well done on quitting your job! Moving is good in my book. Have you had any ideas of what will be next? Look at me with all the conventional questions.

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      1. Rebecca

        Haha I don’t have a clue!!😀 first time in my life!! My brother said I can move into his house…. Seeing as i dont have a job and no money it seems like a good idea. I like moving but I’ve done so much of it…. 17 times in 17 years seems excessive. But im a pro at packing 😆

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    1. Mindfump

      Hey! I am actually due to email you actually regarding the ‘Always There’ project. You can get me on email (mindfump@gmail.com) or through twitter, you can find the link on my site. Look forward to hearing from you!


  4. Beckalee

    Good for you. I am having an opposite conundrum. I need to move, I don’t know where, but I have several plans backed up by years of research, ready and willing for when I get my shit together.
    I love the line about binary decision making. Sometimes life needs to be so simple. Most of the time probably.

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    1. Mindfump

      My advice would to be just go. Less thinking, and just go. I find that after a while you can enjoy living anywhere with a certain perspective and outlook. I am also sure if you have put in so much research you will naturally get more out of the place. Just go. You won’t regret it, but if you do, I don’t know you and I will delete this comment 😛


    1. Mindfump

      A pantster, my vocabulary increases every day. You will get through it. Although that makes it sound way less fun than novel writing can be. Enjoy it, maybe the better way to phrase it. And thank you 🙂 Sorry for the late reply. I have just got back into the country.


      1. ibizagoldgirl

        I’m from Meath so highly recommend. Where are you thinking of living? Choose anywhere with a good local pub.
        Irish villages are like OMG for two reasons 1) cute, friendly and welcoming
        2) omg get me out of here for the opposite of #1 😂 think cabin fever and everyone knowing your business! Towns are faceless and vacuous (sorry) there is old Ireland and there’s this new European Union takeover. It’s all about money 😔
        Driving is easy, I laugh at the idea of Irish traffic! Working – biggest growing European city which also will annoy you massively from the sound of it. Getaway by spending your free time exploring – it is where my heart is happy and unbelievably Amazing. If you fail to plan your move which to be fair the Gf sounds like my kinda woman and has got your back 💪then be sure to plan your exploration of this wonderful island. Do the touristic bits and have fun by driving down back roads (be careful) stopping in funny named villages and have picnics on obscure beaches!
        I have already invited myself over for tea, virtual tea will suffice, and as always I wish you all the best everyday xx

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        1. Mindfump

          Ah Meath! Amazing. My Girlfriend knows it well. You seriously know your stuff. I think we will live rurally for a bit, as we have both lived in big cities for a good while. You are always welcome over for tea!

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          1. ibizagoldgirl

            Looooove it!
            Hope your week is going well. I have been messaging my Irish friend today and planning a trip over. I lived there for twelve years and was a totally different person. I may write a post about it.
            As you can tell I like islands that start with an I !! I am equally as knowledgeable about ibiza and lived there too 😎


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