Can't We Seize Tomorrow? Are You Good at Making Plans?

China
November 9, 2009 4:20am CST
In first several days of November, I am making a plan for the whole new month. For me, a detailed plan can help me do my work with high efficiency. "A year's plan starts with spring. A day's plan starts with morning." People often would like to make some plans and preparations, even make an accurate calculation of each stage so as to make study and work systematic and orderly. On the contrary, “Plan varies faster than change.” Even the most accurate plan may have accidents and maybe disturbed. It then became the excuse for those who are unwilling to make plans. Are you good at making plans? Will you make a schedule for a week, a month, a quarter or even a year? If your plan is disturbed, what will you do? Will you follow suit or be pushed by time?
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13 responses
• China
12 Nov 09
hi,getbrower! I really love this saying--"A year's plan starts with spring.A day's plan starts with morning."Precisely!unfortunately,I am not a plan man...when I want to figure out a plan,I feel a little bitter to do so.I like do my errands freely,not strickly observing some plan.but when I carry it out adhere to the plan,I find it's more effective to do so and don't worry about wasting time and cannot complete my job on time.so I do my errands as possible as I can.and I 've benefit from doing so a lot. have a nice day!
• Australia
12 Nov 09
I am a planner and a goal setter to the extreme. I have written long term and short term goals and I plan my days. I have a white board with my long term goals, and established steps towards achieving them, and steps to reach those steps. I have dates alongside each step and I monitor progress. Each morning, before starting work, I re-prioritise my goals for the day, with times. I then slot in other activities where possible. If my plan is disturbed, I re-prioritise. Sometimes I will allow the disturbance and sometimes not: the set plan will take precedence. I work well under stress, but good planning all but eliminates stress.
@Trensue (5251)
• United States
10 Nov 09
Love the theory, even make the lists, but somehow as the day goes on life happens and interrupts my well laid out plans. Yesterday it was the weather. I hadn't plan for snow and cleaning the walks was a good two hours of my precious well planned time. But you have inspired me once again and so today I will make my little plan. They say a goal is not a real goal until it is written and I suppose the same is true of a plan.
• India
10 Nov 09
I’m good at making plans alright but somehow those plans don’t see the light of the day. I really love planning beforehand and have actually advised many friends and colleagues on several issues with all the pros and cons thrown in, and they have benefitted from my inputs. However, when it comes to my own case, I am born with an ill luck…no amount of planning every single detail has ever seen me successful. I have failed most of the times and even in cases where I have succeeded, it was only after unforeseen and inordinate delays. So now I have given up on short term planning…whatever happens will happen and will happen for my best…this is my motto otherwise I would have succumbed to the pressures of failure. My long term plans are there and I’m working towards them but at the back of my mind, I don’t keep any expectations anymore.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
10 Nov 09
Can we really sieze tomorrow? Since no one is guaranteed tomorrow, we can plan for it, hope for it, but the only moment we can really sieze fully is the present moment. I plan and prepare, for that makes good sense, but I am aware that there are no guarantees, so once plans are made, I enjoy each present moment. :)) Karen
@artistry (4154)
• United States
10 Nov 09
...Hi getbrowser. A lot of people plan and get things done efficiently. Me, on the other hand I live my life as I go, unless it involves someone else, or an appointment of some kind. I also procrastinate, it feels so good to me, strange as it may sound, to push things off until another day, I may be making poor use of my time, but when I was working at a real job, examining banks, I got so tired of being places at certain times, that now I enjoy to the fullest, not being places or doing things at a certain time, it's just delicious. So I don't make a lot of plans, unless it's for a vacation. I'll say this for making plans, and it's from one of my sisters, she says it is always smart to have a plan B.
• United Kingdom
9 Nov 09
I'm fairly organised myself and I tend to use to do lists which I look at on a daily basis. I think that by doing this I am far more productive. I used to carry a notepad in my rucksack but I have given up on that idea now! I have started using windows calandar which comes built in with windows vista, it's so useful and it reminds you with pop ups and so forth. I have got rid of the notepads now and I have placed all my appointments and other things on this, very convenient! I make sure I back up this calander weekly now! I don't look too far into the future and I tend to take each day as it comes! I like this method. We just don't know what is around the corner. Andrew
• United States
9 Nov 09
Detailed plans can be fun to do. They get you in that right state of mind, control of your destiny kind of thinking..I've done it many times..And then reality sets in, as it has a tendency to do, and all those variables we have no control over force their way into the plan..kick it around the room a few times..bounce it off the walls..and in short order those plans are little more than a shambles scattered about on the floor.. As you can imagine, given the aforementioned, I don't get involved in such much anymore. My plan strategy is greatly simplified..I hope for the best and plan for the worst..Should the best occur, I ride it while I can and should the worst occur I'm better prepared to not be demoralized by that inevitable reality smacking me down when I'm high on that 'master of my destiny' stuff..Enjoy!
@cbjones (1157)
• United States
9 Nov 09
I can make plans with the best of 'em. Detailed, faily vauge, it doesn't really matter. If there's plans to be made, I'm capible of making them. It's the whole following plans thing that gets me. My attention span isn't as bad as I let on. I'm sure it isn't For some reason though, things just seem to get in the way of what I map out.
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
9 Nov 09
I think I'm good at making plans. If, for whatever reason, things involved with the plan interfere with it, then it depends on the circumstances whether I'll still pursue it or not. As long as I think it's still practical and will not cause any harm on myself or others, I will likely push through later.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
9 Nov 09
to a certain extent but as a family, my hubby and i are fairly spur of the moment type people. i find if we make plans and they are set in stone, something always comes up or gets in the way.
@hotsummer (10309)
• Philippines
9 Nov 09
i am making plans too for tomorrow too. not literally as tomorrow per se or for the coming few days. but for my future as a whole. and i think that i need to give all my best , i need to climb the highest mountain, to dive the deepest the sea, cross the farthest ocean to reach my goal and dreams. i am not planning for some ordinary plans like to earn more money or to be rich one day. my plan is to get back what i have lost in life , to get back what is mine to own and to seize every opportunities and to get all the things that are destined for me to enjoy in life.
@eileenleyva (9465)
• Philippines
9 Nov 09
Carpe diem! Am afraid we can only seize the day. When tomorrow comes, it will be today. But you have a very interesting way of planning. The attitude could be feverish if many people are working with you. I think this world could accomplish much if there are many like you.