Planning

Note to future self..

Is planning always a good thing? How much of it should we do? How much time/resources should we allocate (or not) for serendipity? These are all questions that I constantly think about in terms of my own career, free time, and future self.

Every body has a plan until they get punched in the face – Mike Tyson

While conducting some light research on this issue (read: googling), I’ve realized that there’s no scarcity of opinions. Some people advocate for the “just-in-time” philosophy of planning. Some people advocate for 3, 5, and 10 years plans that you work against. Some other people advocate for a blended approach, which is best embodied by “the score will take care of itself” approach embodied by Bill Walsh.

Takeaways

I think that the extent to which we plan our life and the methods we use to do so should be examined more in-depth in order to avoid becoming mindless robots. The irony is that planning too much or too little might yield that result. Are we more ‘human’ if we can strike a balance? Now we’re getting to deep but I think that these are questions worth considering.

In terms of next steps I think that I will just keep experimenting to see what works and what doesn’t by changing a variety of factors in my planning (e.g. allocation of time, energy, ROI, etc.). It’s not perfect but I feel that it’s better than anything else. I will report back with any updates.

Now back to work…