Maybe you can relate to the following scenario...
If you're like me, you do a lot of planning just to go out and shoot. You open Google Maps and search for big patches of green shapes (a preservation, forest or park areas) and search photos that people have posted about the place and start to imagine how awesome it would be to get a great shot of the place! You then start to think about having different backup plans in the event the place you chose doesn't turn out the way you'd expect it to be.
You then proceed to look at how the weather is going to be like and find out that the Saturday you wanted to go out and shoot... the forecast says that there is a 60% chance of rain... You be like: "NAH nah nah nah nah, let me check other weather apps to see if that's right..." *Checking*... *Checking*... *Checking*... After seeing every weather app, you end up with the same results... RAIN!
But then you think to yourself... "Maybe it won't rain on Saturday! I mean the meteorologist have been wrong before! Watch the weather change to sunny or at least partly sunny when it gets to Saturday!" (That's being really optimistic. :P)
So you continue to plan. Thinking about all the gear you're going to bring. Thinking how cool you're going to look while shooting lol and thinking about that winning shot you're going to post online when you get home...
Saturday arrives and guess what... it's raining... All of your plans are ruined.
So if planning doesn't work all the time, what is there to do?!!!!!
GO OUT & TAKE PICTURES!
Nikon D7100, Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX 11-16mm f/2.8 @ 11mm @ f/10 @ 15 sec @ ISO 100
Sometimes the best shots happen when you don't plan things. When you only have one lens and no tripod or accessories of lenses to choose from. Even if you couldn't plan specific settings you wanted to use, going out and taking photos help sharpen your skills as a photographer. You don't always have to pick a specific day either. Always remember to have fun!
I'm usually known for always carrying my camera around where ever I go. Most of the time I only carry a 50mm lens with me and find that sufficient for whatever I want to take a picture of when I'm out. Maybe this will work out for you. Obviously this is just a suggestion and only YOU would know what fits you best.
But the moral of the story is: Go Out & Take Pictures.
Remember to be creative, envision and capture.