To Plan Or Not To Plan

William SkakespeareGreetings, Steve here. We've got a problem, boys and girls. Despite the concerted efforts of everyone on this site and all of its evangelical supporters, people just aren't taking paper-based planning seriously. I mean, they think it's okay, but paper-based planning hasn't permeated the culture in the same way as the Internet, or buffalo wings. People kind of don't get it. Writing things down? Doesn't sound that impressive. What I mean to say is, paper-based planning is not on everyone's lips. I think what we need is to get some culture on this site, to help make paper-based planning a topic the average person would be proud to bring up in polite company, like at a dinner party. With the Queen. Or something.

So, to that end, I present my interpretation of what William Shakespeare would have thought of paper-based planning. Let me know what you think. (People have been telling me for a long time that I'm weird. I'm starting to believe them.)

To plan or not to plan,
That is the question.
Whether tis nobler on the page to suffer the meetings and deadlines of outrageous projects,
Or to take up a pen and plan them, and by planning complete them.
To write, to plan,
Perchance to organize, aye there's the rub
Tis an outcome of a meeting devoutly to be wished.
For in that meeting what silly decisions may come,
There's the stupidity that makes calamity of many a long meeting.
Opehlia! Ophelia! Do you have your Hipster? And your water wings?

Well, that's my best attempt to bring paper-based planning into polite society. Any suggestions? Until next time, keep your pen on the page and Rosencrantz and Gildenstern in line. Those guys are nothing but trouble.

Steve Sharam

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I definitely agree, planning

I definitely agree, planning on paper has helped me organize my thoughts. Although one draw back I find is that most of my projects include building conceptual models (I'm an architecture student) I find that because of my literal nature (making models with roofs and windows when we're only suppose to focus on spacial contexts) drawing plans can sometimes lead me to plan a model wrong. I hope that makes sense.


Well Jon, what you said makes a lot more senes than what I said, foresooth. I think you make a good point. I think any system needs to be tailored to the needs of the individual and not taken lock, stock and barrel. I use the planner extensively, but I doubt I use it in the way that most other people do. I can't imagine that there's anyone using the entire thing, every template, every form. (Now, likely, I'll get a dozen comments from people saying they use every form:P)

Steve Sharam