Do you ever wish you could be more spontaneous? Like you could just up and go somewhere really exciting at the drop of a hat? Do you think spontaneity is the spice of life? Or could living a spontaneous life actually be a load of BS? OK, that’s a strong statement but here’s our reasoning behind it, we’d love to know if you agree!
Do Believe Spontaneity is the Spice of Life?
Do you really think spontaneity is the spice of life? Or could someone who describes themselves as being spontaneous, actually just be highly adaptable and brilliant at making kick-ass, last-minute plans? Or at the opposite end of the spectrum, are they really just a boring dullard who jumps on everyone else’s plans last minute but never has any of their own?
When I was younger, I thought I was spontaneous and fun. I cringe now when I look back with the realisation that I was an annoying pain in the arse! You know the one, who rocked up to a festival with no camping arrangements and ended up sleeping in the car on a grass verge? Yes, I actually did that! (But I did get to see Radiohead when they were relatively unknown, which was kinda cool!)”Rachael – 48 Hour Smarty People
As we’ve grown up, we like to think we have learnt the error of our ways. Instead, now we jump right on the first wave of festival tickets the moment they get released. It’s usually cheaper to do this and gives us the chance to be super prepared in advance. The only thing we need to think about when we get there is having the best time of our lives!
Sometimes though, planning so far in advance means we become inflexible and can mean missing out on other things. Somewhere in between the two, there lies a happy medium.
Can we Plan to Be Spontaneous?
OK, that’s an oxymoron! But how does the average walking ball of chaos become a super slick, on the spot event organiser? Here’s a helpful list of the do’s and don’ts to help you find that sweet spot between military-style planning and flying by the seat of your pants.
Do Make a Bucket List
Make a list of things you’d like to do within a few hours drive of where you live. When you have a free weekend, pick one out, jump in the car and go! Don’t leave yourself in a situation where you end up stuck at home procrastinating for half the weekend while you frantically search for ideas.
Do Consider The Weather
Make sure your bucket list consists of things you can do in different weather conditions. Don’t force yourself to stick to plans just because you’ve made them. A day at the beach is no fun in the rain. Neither is being stuck inside a museum on the hottest day of the year. It’s ok to change your mind last minute.
Do Make Reservations
You know that cute little restaurant you’ve been dying to check out for ages? News flash – you’re not the only one! What’s the point wasting hours getting ready, (and excited), only to arrive unannounced and be turned away? Or worse, squeezed in, receive terrible service and rushed out. The best restaurants (and attractions) get booked up in advance. Don’t risk being disappointed by leaving it to chance.
Do Organise Your Car Boot (or a cupboard if you don’t drive)
Consider all the things you’ll need to take with you to enjoy a day out. If you’re an outdoorsy type, that might include walking boots and maps. If you’re a beach bunny that might be a bikini and books. Or maybe you’re a bit of both? Either way, towels, water bottles and sunscreen are absolute must-haves. A car boot organiser keeps these essentials together, in a place you won’t forget them and without taking up too much space. Don’t waste time and money shopping for things you already have but forgot to take with you.
Do Chores After Work
You only need to spend half an hour every day doing chores to get them all done during the week. This way everything is done in time for the weekend so you can go out and enjoy yourself! Don’t waste your weekend doing chores.
Don’t Waste Friday Night Getting Drunk
We enjoy a glass of wine on the sofa as much as anyone does on a Friday evening but we don’t have to go crazy! Unless you’re superhuman, getting sozzled on a Friday evening will result in a hangover that eats up most of Saturday. Before you know it, you’ll have lost half the weekend! Do set the alarm early on Saturday and allow maximum time for enjoyment.
Do Allow Time For Admin
It’s amazing how much time silly things like making phone calls and answering emails can take up. Make sure you allow yourself to catch up with friends, make plans, organise car insurance etc. Don’t cram so much into your weekend that you end up burning yourself out.
Do Learn to Say No
There’s no doubt your partner feels like king of the world when he sees you standing on the sidelines watching him score goals! But would he be so happy if he realised you were actually bored rigid? Make the most of your time by booking a hair appointment or doing something you enjoy. Don’t waste time doing things to try and please others, it doesn’t work in the long run.
Dish Out Invitations
This doesn’t mean you have to be the one who hosts all the parties. Be that friend who others find interesting and want to be around because you do interesting stuff! Don’t be the boring cling on who waits for other people to make plans, you’ll soon find they stop inviting you.
Do Plan Time for Journaling
Sunday evening is the perfect time to reflect on the things you’ve enjoyed over the weekend. This will make you feel accomplished and motivate you to plan new things to look forward to. Don’t leave yourself in a position where you’re suffering from the Sunday night blues.
Of course, big events like important birthdays and weddings require planning. Although it is possible to strike a balance between a fully booked calendar and leaving yourself free for a spontaneous journey to a theme park.
Do you agree that spontaneity is the spice of life? Do you think we can plan to be spontaneous or do you prefer leaving things to chance? Either way, if you have any top tips for getting the most out of your weekend, we would love to hear them!