Shannon Philpott

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching

Trust Me … I have a Plan

If you asked my family whether or not they viewed me as a planner, I can guarantee that the answer would be no, maybe even Hell No.

This stems partially because I never seem prepared. I’m that mom in the carpool line digging through my purse fishing for quarters to pass out lunch money to my kids. I’m the driver scrolling through my GPS searching for directions on the way to my destination. And even worse, I’m one of those last minute appointment makers and birthday gift buyers (typically on the way to the party).

The reality is, though, that I am a mental planner. My ADD-ish brain is constantly in planning mode.

I’m brainstorming ideas for activities to entertain my kids, I’m sorting out an outline for my next freelance story and I’m planning out the beginnings of course activities that come together at the last minute. I’m planning newspaper pubdates, ad rates and AP quizzes more often than I care to admit.

My brain is a planner – neatly writing out my life’s plan on its internal sketch pad.

My actions may not always reflect the creative intentions my brain has planned, though. Unfortunately for me, the exterior does not always model the interior. But trust me, I have a plan.


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Shannon Philpott
Blog Entry: March 18, 2011

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1 Comment »

  1. It’s not that you’re not a planner. It’s that you’re just busy planning eleventy-thousand things in your head at one time.

    I’ve been there. Now, I don’t have to feel like the flaky mom. I’m just a super-planner.

    Comment by Lori Sizemore | March 18, 2011 | Reply


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