Planners & Improvisers

My new book Planning for Everything is coming soon. I hope to publish in February. To learn when it’s available sign up here. In the meantime, I’d love your feedback on the draft description. Does this sound like a book you might read or suggest to a friend?

Planning for Everything: The Design of Paths and Goals

We can’t predict the future, yet we do it all the time. We organize events, trips, projects, days, weeks, and years. We plan to buy a home, build a career, survive cancer, learn to dance, teach a class, or get in shape. Our ability to model the world as it is and might be is a gift, but mental time travel is also really hard. Fortunately, since planning is a skill, everyone from playful improviser to rigorous planner can improve, and that’s the aim of this book. When you’re open to new habits and beliefs, give it a read, and you’ll learn:

  • The principles and practices of nonlinear planning.
  • How to grow and sustain hope with willpower and waypower.
  • When to pivot or persist with paths, goals, values, and metrics.
  • How myths, memories, fears, and feelings shift the future.
  • Why the plans of an octopus are the product of evolution.
  • How artificial intelligence is poised to transform what we plan.

If you hate planning, you’re doing it wrong. The uncertainty of change makes us crave chaos or control, but it’s as dangerous to be rigid as it is to move fast and break things. To organize the future, we will find better ways, because happiness is a prediction, and it’s also the freedom you feel upon realizing there is no one right way to plan.

Also, with thanks to Jeff Callender of Q LTD I’m excited to share the front cover.

Planning for Everything

I hope you like it, since this is one thing we have no plans to change. Cheers!

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