When we think about planning, what does it actually involve? Should we be asking more questions of why, how, and what? Or should we be trusting our “gut” more when making decisions. Without going down a rabbit hole (an in-depth, long and exploratory explanation), the short answer is that we should incorporate all these elements when formulating our plans.

Our ability to plan improves with the experiences that we have. By putting oneself into new, challenging and different circumstances you learn. It’s not always easy and sometimes (a lot) plans don’t work out exactly the way that you intend them to. When they do it’s fantastic, but you may learn more from needing to adjust elements inside your plan.

I was recently having a conversation with a friends about traveling and he referred to one of the beauties of travel as having to acknowledge that at times things won’t go to plan. Missing a flight, train, or bus is not ideal. However, have you ever stopped to consider what other doors it may open or who you may meet.

So, while planning does involve asking many “whys” and looking at things through a longer-term lens, I have learnt that it also requires us to accept that we will never have all the answers. Learning, growing and adapting on the go is all part of planning.

Here are a few podcasts that I listened to during the week that you may enjoy.

Two interesting reads. One is about planning and the other explores the reality of quantum computing.

Lastly here’s a TED talk that you may find interesting as we think about persuasion architecture.