Things not going to plan? Embrace it!

Things not going to plan? Embrace it!


Sometimes, its good when things don’t go to plan. This week, I’ve been drawn in by Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History Of Time’ and all because my plans went slightly awry…

What was the plan?

Over the last few years, I’ve had various attempts at trying to declutter the house without being fully successful (hence why I’m setting mini goals now). One of my husband’s favourite quotes is Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”.

The target of getting rid of 31 things in 31 days is an attempt to do something different and I hope it will get results. Borrowing some books on decluttering from the library was another idea I had for trying something different.

Though I’d got the impression that decluttering, tidying, minimalism and shunning consumerism was ‘on trend’ at the moment, the expression on the librarian’s face suggested otherwise (you would have thought that I had asked if she had any books on oriental swan ornaments from the 19th century, or something equally obscure). A search using the term ‘decluttering’ yielded no results, so I offered the name of Marie Kondo’s book, the Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying. It wasn’t in stock, so I’ve been waiting for a copy to arrive over the past few days (Its just arrived- hurrah!).

And embracing a different plan!

The thing is, I’d mentally prepared myself to curl up on the sofa and read for a few evenings last week. Whereas I’d usually watch a film or something on TV on a Friday night, I was itching to read. My eyes drifted over the shelf to see what I hadn’t yet read when they stopped on Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History Of Time’.

Why is this relevant? Well, for 2 reasons:

  1. Setting myself this challenge has inspired me to read something new, even though its unrelated to the challenge. Can you remember the last time you were excited by something you’d previously thought was boring? I couldn’t. And yet, here I am, eager to understand more about the mysteries of the universe, time and space. I don’t even care that some pages have had to be read two and even three times. This is a book that’s written by someone whose passion absolutely shines through and who is eager to kindle excitement in others. As you might be able to tell, its certainly worked for me!
  2. The book has a short introduction that has renewed my perspective on when things don’t go to plan. Hawking references his ALS diagnosis, and describes himself as being fortunate to have a physical disability as his discipline is in theoretical physics. This has really challenged the way I think and I’m sure it will be something that remains with me when life puts obstacles in my path.

With two books on the go and my eyes on the mission, it feels good for TV and film to be quite far down the agenda at the moment.

And how am I doing with the challenge? Well, 8 days into the month and I’ve been able to get rid of 12 things. I have a feeling this book may influence how I go about the rest of this challenge, but I’m well and truly open to new ideas.

I’d love to hear about how you tackle decluttering, how you handle waylaid plans or if you’ve tried the Marie Kondo book. I’ll let you know if it helps me.

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