I think I once read that Japan had a plan for the next two thousand years. Given the horrid tsunami and the fact that I’ve been trying to plan, I realized that even with its terribleness, the effect of this tsunami is probably just a blip of an interruption when it comes to a plan of two thousand years.
Doesn’t that blow your mind? Because things are awful in Japan, and the effects of this tsunami will last a lifetime for those involved, maybe even more. The earth has shifted on its axis. Our days are 1.8 microseconds shorter. Japan moved 4 meters.
Doesn’t it feel somehow wrong to go on about daily life? I mean, we have to. We can help Japan in small ways, but there’s not much to do but keep going forward. (An easy way that you’ve probably heard a million times by now: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund.)
Given the fact that I’m trying to plan the rest of my life now (and I worry it’s an impossible thing to do given the unpredictability of life), Japan and its two-thousand-year plan got me thinking.
Maybe the key to a plan that works is to make one that reaches so far into the future, that the obstacles and derailings along the way are mere blips.
What do you think?
Isn’t there a book on how to plan in spite of the unpredictable life? With all the self-help books out there, you’d think one would contain down-to-earth, non-fluffy advice on how to make a proper life plan.
I mean, do you assume everything is going to go as planned? Do you create Plan Bs and Cs? How many backup plans do you make? Or do you only make them when called for?
You know what’s weird? I used to do this for my students. At the beginning of the year, we’d plan the whole year. I guess I’d pad the planning with extra time to deal with issues that came up and weeks where they didn’t practice.
Maybe it’s like cleaning house, where they say it’s so much easier to clean someone else’s house than to clean your own.
I don’t know.
How do you plan? Are you still living a plan you made years ago? Or a revised version? Or are you making a new one for the future?