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Planning is indispensible — Universal Principles

Principle — Planning is indispensible

Surplus of energy

Make use of the moments when you have a surplus of energy to prepare for the times when you know you will be short on energy.

Truckload of novel plots, Robert Huffstutter

For example, pack your gym clothes for the next day before going to bed. Prepare dinner for next day while you’re cooking for today.

June 27, 2011   Comments Off

Read as a teacher

Whenever you read something that you want to learn, read it as if you would teach it to someone else next day. Imagine you should talk about the subject for 10 minutes, giving an summary of the material you are reading. You’ll see that it is when you think about how to explain it to someone else that you will notice where your own understanding is lacking.

SJSA Fifth Grade, by Michael 1952

April 30, 2011   Comments Off

Seven years from now

Seth Godin, on your plans for the future.

Seven years from now, what will you have to show for what you’re doing right now?

Happy Earth Day, by mbgrigby

If your answer is, “not much,” perhaps you should consider a new plan, one that might generate a different answer, or, at the very least, be a more fun way to waste seven years.

So, seven years from now, what will you have to show?

January 14, 2011   1 Comment

Intentional architecture

I’ll jump into computer science for a second and quote Grady Booch in a response to a letter “The Relevance of Architecture” in IEEE Software (Volume 24 Number 5).

Hot summer blues, Pandiyan V

Every system has an architecture; some are accidental, others intentional.

Are you living your life or is your life living you?

February 2, 2010   Comments Off

Plans are useless

Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th American President, said the following words:

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

This is very true for me — the value is not in the plan itself, but in the knowledge you gain while making the plan.

Bad Planning, by Éamonn Ó Muirí

January 18, 2010   Comments Off

The 7 Ps

Coffs Harbour 50 Megapixel Panorama!, by Erik Veland

A friend of mine told me about an adage named “the 7 Ps”. Apparently, it originates from the British Army. It suggests simply that you should plan properly or face the consequences.

Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance

It’s really that simple.

December 23, 2009   Comments Off