Now that you know how to think about planning in broad strokes, there are a few other things you should know before you get to defining any specifics. I originally called these “rules,” but that’s not the right word—no one gets to set rules but you. Then I thought about “guidelines,” but they’re too important regarding how much time and trouble they’ll save you. “Principles” is the word that’s the perfect temperature for Goldilocks’ porridge.
Recognize that your planning is a series of promises you’re making to yourself about what you’re going to do.
Map out your projects and tasks to a sufficient level of detail so that when the time comes, you’re not thinking about how to do it, but rather ...