I’m a prepper. Not in the Discovery Channel, conspiracy theory, BPA-free water barrel hoarding way. I just don’t do well with mass amount of spontaneity. A little here and there is fine, but I have to be able to see a plan in place and expect that it will be followed.
I suppose that’s why I ended up with a career as an IT project manager. Making lists, checking them twice, ensuring that the plan is followed and that the customer is getting the value they seek. It’s not the most difficult work in the world, but it also not a role to take lightly. Define your goal, define what it’s going to take to get to that goal, get your materials and people together, make it happen. And if you realize along the way that the goal is moving or something is going to be different than what was planned, you absolutely must be able to identify the applicable Five W’s (Who, What, When, Where, and Why).
Planning individual projects (yes, I often apply project management terms and techniques in my personal life) is a little more challenging. I get extra paranoid that I may forget something, or not even consider something, that will ruin the plan.
So here I am, beginning my prep for an upcoming event. I’ll be attending the Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, KY next week. I’ve double checked (#actuallytriplechecked) my hotel reservation and convention registration. I have dutifully placed print-outs of the reservation and registration confirmations in a folder, along with a printed map route should something go wrong with my phone (#directionallychallenged).
I have set aside the chargers for my devices that will be traveling with me so that I can record workshops and panels as well as get some writing time in. Considering that these are devices that I don’t generally use in my day-to-day life, I’ve already packed them in my bag so that they’re ready to go when I hit the road. My packing list for a successful con experience is fairly simple:
- mophie charging station
- Charging cables
- Field Notes notebooks (at least 2)
- Composition notebook
- 2 pens
- 1 Sharpie
- Hand sanitizer (you’re shaking a lot of hands and it can be hard to avoid the dreaded ‘Con Crud’)
- Spearmint Altoids
- Hoodie (for those chilly rooms)
Hmmm, this sounds suspiciously like a bug-out bag. Maybe I AM a bit of a “prepper”.
I look forward to seeing some familiar faces at this year’s Imaginarium as well as meeting new folks. I’m going to do everything I can to steer clear of con politics and just enjoy the experience of being with like-minded writers and creators.