As much as I want to rail against being labelled a “planner,” I can’t help myself. I’m a man with a plan. I like planning things: it reduces stress in my life, especially when things go differently than expected. And when things do go differently – as is bound to happen from time to time – I have the original plan in my head to understand what the impacts are and what needs to be done to still achieve the desired outcome. I find good planning makes things much more enjoyable because I worry less about the “what-ifs;” it frames the options that are available to respond to the unexpected. Moreover, having a plan frees up my mental energy and allows me to focus on other things.