The One Thing No One Tells You About Working Your Plan
By: Leez Kuznetsova
If you're anything like me, you get giddy about planning your work and working your plan. And if I had to guess, you also have a hard time detaching yourself from a plan that you set into motion when things don't go as planned. In fact, you're probably willing to keep setting yourself on fire just to make it work. But what no one ever bothered to tell us planner types is that it's not only OK to deviate from the plan when things don't go accordingly, but also embrace the beautiful uncertainty that lies in going with the flow.
So what led me to these realizations? A plan that didn't go as planned. Allow me to explain. Last weekend, I planned the perfect photoshoot for a side business I've been working on with my brother. I had the perfect location, the perfect shot list, the perfect props, and two whole perfect days to bring my vision to life.
Naturally, things went perfectly wrong once my shooting location fell through. At first, I did what any mature adult would do: I complained about all of the things that weren't working, engaged in some shallow breathing and even managed to shift a little blame around (trust me, not my proudest moment).
Then something interesting happened. I took a few deep breaths and reframed my focus on what I could control and what I still had to work with versus all of the variables that were out of my control. In doing so, I was quickly able to see things in a new light and give myself permission to deviate from my original plan. The end result? An amazing weekend with some pretty incredible photos utilizing multiple sets, a sunset to remember with my bro, and lesson that will stick with me forever.
Moral of the story? Plan your work and then go with the flow when things don't go as planned. You might just be pleasantly surprised at how things turn out.