Updated: Aug 17, 2019
Half of the time I sit down to write, I have no idea what direction I am going to go. Throughout the day things will come into my mind and i'll think about how it might be a cool topic to write about. But then I'll sit down to write, and nothing compelling immediately comes to mind.
Rather than just sit and stare at a blank page, I'll just put pen to paper and start writing about not knowing what to write. Interestingly, before I know it, the paper is full of words, and I could probably keep filling up pages, even if they are mindless ramblings.
On the other hand, sometimes I know exactly what I'm going to write about. Then halfway through, I've gone in a totally different direction, and I have to get the ship back on course.
Where am I going with this? I don't know.
The idea of planning is stuck in my head. How often do things go according to the plan? I think the best plan is the plan in place for when things don't go according to planned.
A plan is useless without a contingency. Call it what you will: improvising, handling adversity, critical thinking, problem solving.
What do you do when things don't go according to the plan? Do you panic?
Adjust the plan, navigate the necessary detours, and keep moving forward. When things do go as planned, don't get used to it, but do celebrate it. It's a rare occurrence.
"I love it when a plan comes together" - The A-Team