Benefits of Planning Ahead
Planning ahead can seem like a daunting task. There are always going to be unexpected surprises or last minute changes that come up in life. However, I believe there are many benefits to planning ahead that make it worthwhile. Perhaps it is the control-freak part of me that believes this. My easy-going husband has learned to tolerate, maybe even appreciate, this quirk of mine. I will say becoming a parent has made me (or forced me) to become more flexible when it comes to planning. There are some weeks and months we can only plan a few days in advance. With the holiday season quickly approaching, I thought it would be helpful to remember these three benefits as you do your best to plan ahead!
Who else would like to lower their stress level? (I am raising both hands right now.) Balancing work, activities, and relationships is hard enough as it is. When you’re planning things last minute, everything feels like it’s an emergency. No one likes to live in constant crisis-mode. Unless you’re the complete opposite of control-freak and like the adrenaline rush last minute things. Whether it’s tasks or meetings, dinner or play-dates, knowing your schedule ahead of time can greatly reduce your stress.
Freedom to Say No
While some people may think planning out your calendar is more restrictive, I think you gain a type of freedom. In a society that is constantly busy, we have forgotten how to rest. We can add things to our plate without even realizing we have no more room and it is spilling over into a huge mess. Planning ahead gives you the freedom to say no. What I mean by this is that you can look at what you have planned for the next week or month and then weigh your commitments. If you feel like you’re struggling to satisfy your commitments, then it is time to say no. Maybe it’s not a complete “no” but instead “not now.” Either way, planning ahead and knowing what your commitments are will give you more freedom.
More Time for What Matters
The last benefit is basically a result of the first two benefits. When you eliminate unnecessary stress and aren’t drowning in busyness, you have time for what matters. This may require planning quality time. Yep, sometimes you have to actually put family night or date night on the calendar. If you don’t, it has a greater chance of being moved or forgotten. When you plan what is important, you will have time to enjoy it. What matters the most to you right now? Is there a relationship you’ve been neglecting because of stress or busyness? Review your schedule and commitments to see what can change! Don’t wait until things slow down. We all know once the holidays get here the end of the year will be close behind!
Plan and Save!
To honor your efforts of planning and making time for what matters, I am doing a limited time offer. If you need to update family pictures or want to do holiday cards this year, let’s get it on the calendar NOW so you’re not scrambling the week of Thanksgiving. I help you through every step of planning your session and ordering your products so you don’t have to worry about it. Taking pictures doesn’t have to be stressful. I’m all about more smiles and less stress. Will your kids misbehave? Probably. Will your skin not be as tan or glowing as you like? Perhaps. But none of those are good enough reasons to miss out on capturing your real life just as it is now. Years down the road, you will laugh at those frowns and wrinkles. This offer ends at midnight, 9/15/2016 so call or email me today! All you have to do is book* your session, not actually have your session done.
(*Booking will require my normal deposit fee of $75.00 which is applied to the session fee.)