“You can always change your plan but only if you have one.”
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
Life is full of little paradoxes. Take planning for instance. We make plans to meet up with friends that we sometimes can’t attend; we make plans to finish a project early when the reality is that rarely happens; and we make plans to be at a certain place in our lives that almost always never end up how we pictured it. So the question remains, why do we always insist on making plans that don’t go the way we expect?
That’s exactly missing the point. It’s not the plan, it’s the planning. It’s the process of understanding the many different ways in which your situation can interact with all the other external factors. That’s the important part. Nothing fixed or static about that. And nothing more useful when you come across a situation you didn’t expect.
Life doesn’t always go the way you expect, and with planning, that’s great news.