I've never been able to be spontaneous. When I was younger, the expression "we'll play it by ear" was my least favorite because I didn't like to leave plans up in the air. To this day I'm still uncomfortable hanging out with friends or traveling to a new city without a clear plan in place. I practically sleep with my color coded planner, already thinking about which restaurant I should make reservations at for dinner a week in advance. People may call this "excessive," but they just don't understand. Here are 10 things us "excessive" planners can totally relate to.
1. Dropping $60 on a giant planner with laminated tabs
It's so hard to find just the right size and pattern. Forget online clothes shopping, I could spend 5 hours and $500 online planner shopping.
2. Getting anxious when someone suggests trying a new restaurant
3. Getting thrown completely off-balance when you're taken out of your daily routine
What do you mean the gym is closed from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. for construction? When will I fit in my yoga class?
4. Having class registration day marked on your calendar like a national holiday
Your friends know better than to text you the day classes for next semester are released -- you're too busy planning out the best routes to walk to class.
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You're waiting at the ice cream place near school, 15 minutes early as always, when your friend texts you saying that she's not coming. You suddenly wish you still had a '90s flip phone so you could dramatically slam it shut.
6. Always having a 5- or 10- or 15-year plan
7. Asking a guy if he wants kids on the first date
Well if he does, it's not going to work and why waste my time? Why mentally plan my life with a guy that wants a kid when I don't?
8. Making 5 different "to-do" lists for one day
Bored in class? Make a long-term to-do list. I have always wanted to learn Italian...
9. Asking your mom what she's making for dinner tomorrow night
Is it a crime to want to know whether I should be preparing to eat chicken or steak??