If it hasn't been apparent from eighteen months of writing about it, I'm very big on career planning. I'm all for the organized life plan, the schedule, the milestones everything. I don't think it's because I'm a Project Manager – though the experience probably doesn't hurt.
We all know why we're supposed to plan our careers:
- It helps us get things done.
- It helps us set and reach goals.
- It lets us evaluate and measure progress.
- Our lack of organization doesn't drive our friends and family nuts.
In that list, and in most of our minds, there is one thing missing about just why we plan our careers and indeed our lives.
That is because our plans also tell us what we're not doing.