One of the more exciting and glamorous parts of my job is to quality check data. Yeah, pretty wicked cool. However, as it uses minimal brain activity, I find I can simultaneously entertain myself by listening to podcasts of This American Life. This allows me to turn a truly sucky activity, into an entertaining and learning moment.
The episode I am listening to currently is called “Plan B”—or as I like to call it “what you do after your original plan is flushed down the toilet of despair”. The show made a point that most people are on “Plan B,” maybe even Plan C or D. It got me thinking about which Plan I was on. What was my Plan A to begin with?
To help me out, I made a little flow diagram. It turns out that I am currently on Plan D. Notice that the plans get progressively vaguer over time. For instance, I have stopped assigning ages by which I want to accomplish certain activities, and the goals themselves are less defined. In fact, now that I am on Plan D, I have given up formulating plans. There is no Plan E. Why make plans when they are destined to change?
So my question to you: What life plan letter are you on? Has life turned out like you envisioned?