I recently, as a father of five and husband, will have found myself with little time in my workshop but the couple times I have I find that I want to do little quick projects. When I do a large project especially with my woodworking as I am amateur at best I plan every detail I can a hundred times and then expect a hundred more that I never planned for, whereas a small one stop shop project as I like to call them is often just spur of the moment and often because well I am pretty sure my tools get upset if they are not used often maybe not but hey I get grumpy if it is long between uses so lets just go with it.
I as most woodworkers do, go in spurts of wanting to be knee deep in a big project as I will be when I start on bookshelf’s for my boys and wife versus wanting to see a done project that day.
Either way I think whether a big project which lets be honest is really a series of little project put together or a rabbit napkin holder that your wife asks for and is done in an hour I always have a fun time just letting the wood talk to me and seeing what comes out.
-- why get a plan when you can get even more experience