Being unprepared can both be frightening and liberating. It’s scary because there are no rules and no guides. When you’ve been conditioned (by school and work) to achieve targets and listen to directives, the lack thereof is unsettling.
How will we know if we’re right or wrong? How will we know if we’re off track? How will we know if it’s worth doing?
What’s interesting though is, that’s why being unprepared can be liberating. It allows us to do work that that isn’t stifled or limited. It gives the opportunity to be noticed. When you’re unprepared, you aren’t seeking to please or do what’s always been done.
Of course, what you choose to do might not work. So how will we know if we’re right or wrong? How will we know if we’re off track? How will we know if it’s worth doing?
Those are the wrong questions.
So how do we know when to prepare or not? What’s worth trying is having a thesis that guides your actions. Prepare some behaviors that could help you achieve a goal, but approach each task unprepared.
(This post was completely unprepared, but it still helps me achieve what I’m looking for – notice more things.)