Planning doesn’t happen if you don’t commit time to it, and if you don’t commit time to planning your work will get planned on the fly. That might work for some people for some time, but it eventually leads to exhaustion. Also, it’s hard to do creative, transformative work on the fly over and over again.
So it’s planning week: four days to read, draft calendars, write, and edit curriculum for the next program year. I’ve never done a planning week before. I’m entering it with a mix of anticipation and dread; I’ll be pleased to come out the other end of it with concrete plans in hand, but I’ll enter mission-trip-and-wedding-season an anxious mess if I don’t.
Wish me luck.