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This morning, it was 3:15 AM. I knew because I woke up and looked at my phone.

“That’s crazy,” I thought.

I tossed and turned for another 30 minutes and just could not fall back asleep. I’d gone to bed at 11:30 PM so I’d gotten 4 and a half hours of sleep at least.

I decided there was no point in trying to fight it. I might as well get up and be productive.

I’m not sure why I woke up early. I’m not sure why I couldn’t fall back asleep. Maybe my brain knew I had to record extra episodes today because of a flight on Friday which is usually also a video shoot day. Maybe that was just all the sleep I needed for today.

Either way, I didn’t fight it.

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. That can be frustrating and you can fight it, but sometimes it’s better to just go with the flow.

Call an audible.

Things may not have gone according to plan, but that’s ok. We plan so we are not aimless. The purpose of a plan is to have direction. Sometimes that direction changes. That’s ok! You still have direction and that’s the whole point.

A plan is a guideline.

It gives us purpose and acts as a compass.

It’s not something that can never be broken.

I want to give you permission to change things up. You might have planned for this day to go a certain way and things just aren’t working out. Rather than fight it so that your plan can remain intact, try something new.

Change up your routine.

Maybe skip a day or do something different from what you normally do.

If it has to do with your regular content output and you’re worried about your audience, why not try explaining it to them. Say, “Hey, normally I do things this way, but today I decided to try something different.”

If you’re sharing the results and talking about the why behind it, people will be on board.

The moral of the story is: don’t be afraid to change things up. Have a plan, but be ok with things going in a different direction and don’t let it keep you from making forward progress.