According to Ellen, there are two kinds of people in this world: planners and non-planners.
Both have their advantages, but planners can sometimes be difficult.
"Making plans with them is like setting an appointment with the cable guy," Ellen says. "And if you don't know someone like that, it's you."
Over-planning often creates a predicament because when those scheduled activities finally roll around, you're no longer interested. It can also be hard to keep up with so many regimens.
Ellen's advice? "Don't plan too far in advance. Live in the moment."
Here are 12 other ideas for living a life unplanned:
1. Go to the grocery store without making a list. Explore. Take risks. You might end up with cookie butter and lentil potato chips and nothing for breakfast, but it's way more fun.
2. Answer the phone, even if you didn't schedule a call. If you really want to leap before you look, answer an unknown number. You could have won something! Or else you will surprise someone who was planning on getting your voicemail.
3. Instead of waiting until New Year's to plan a better life, start today. Something could happen between now and January, and you will have already needed to be organized and eating more vegetables.
4. Skip the dinner reservations or house party Friday night, go out by yourself and wander. Make new friends. Observe something you've never noticed before. Alternately, people will think you got stood up and will buy you a drink to make up for it. You can't lose!
5. Next time your server asks if you want soup or salad, say "Surprise me!" Do the same thing when your stylist asks you how you want your hair cut.
6. Buy a plane ticket to somewhere you wouldn't typically visit for your vacation, like Kansas.
7. Get dressed in the dark. You could be the purveyor of the next fashion movement.
8. Consider babies and weddings from a new angle. Both can be just as great with spontaneity!
9. Kiss someone when they're least expecting it. Like just after they put food in their mouth.
10. Don't follow the recipe. Invent your own. This can be tragic or delicious, but if it doesn't work out, you can always make compost.
11. Keep your calendar open for the entire weekend and see what comes your way. It's also a great opportunity for a Netflix binge.
12. Instead of planning for your retirement, spend… actually, no, maybe you shouldn't do that. Just kidding!