“I wish someone had told me” is a series of posts that feed into our inquisitive nature at CN&CO. Each week we hear from someone in our network about something interesting or surprising that’s recently happened or occurred to them – or lessons they learnt. These blogs are a way to pay it forward and form part of CN&CO’s belief that the world can be a better place – and we all have a responsibility to make it so. This week’s post is by Carel – who, despite often being mad, actually likes some kind of structure. Who would have though it?!

Planning. Yep, taking time out to think about what comes next, is vital. I have a strong belief that without a structure, a framework, a well planned to-do list, life is simply chaotic. Busy is good. Chaos, not so much.

Every year around this time I start thinking about the next year. And I drive my PA, friend, bridge partner and CN&CO admin goddess Penny, insane. We start with birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and the like – these are events I don’t want to miss. We then look at St Stithians. Next up annual events – like Comrades, Skukuza half-marathon, Oppikoppi, and so on. Then monthly events, like CN&CO team meetings, and client meetings.

Planning allows me to fit in stuff that adds value to my life and ensures I – as far as possible – contribute positively to those around me.
But planning is not only about your diary. It is also pre- and post-events. Knowing that what comes before and after is vital. Thinking ahead. Anticipating. Not procrastinating. Not just relying on fate.My wish, and advice, is that all of us take a more structured approach to life. Take time out to plan and to build the framework of your life. Make sure you plan for the stuff that’s important to you. And then allow for flexibility and opportunity to add richness to the structure.
Anyone who reads this blog and who has had me on your back to PLAN, tag and add the “lesson”.Have a superb day all!