Thursday, May 23, 2013

The No-Plan Plan Is The Best Plan

From the few years that I've worked with officially run, and non-officially run, organisations and groups (society, family and friends included), I'm pretty sure this fuss we make about efficient organisation is all rubbish. We all have a really messed up way of organising ourselves, I've noticed. Most of the organizational systems we go by are only default from the last ones followed. More than being organised, or overly organized, we refuse to admit that we actually have no clue how the heck we're supposed to, or how we should, organise ourselves if we are to do it as efficiently as we'd like to. We'd rather be frantically output-obsessed (succumbing to that fear) instead of being wholistic, far reaching and sustainable in how we organise ourselves.  

We make the truth of the matter that there actually is no plan that we have self-elusive, and therefore something that doesn't interfere with our comfort in denying it. The only reason there's a/any/a particular plan is because without a plan, we would be planless and then all hell would break loose, naturally of course. And we can't let that happen. No! We can't let the world crumble down its own outdated infrastructure. Even the logical notion shouldn't exist, even if it's the most logical imperative. So, we just go with the flow. There's so much of the fear that plays out on its own, that it spurns us to go on this pseudo-organisational overdrive.  

We assume/have assumed paradigms that are circular. Deep down, the fight to not seem stupid in the light of our ways and our ways that are self-defeating at every step are at loggerheads. None's winning, leaving us the only losers. We're worried that we will realise our deepest fears already.  

So the conclusion I've come to is this: when we're stuck without a plan, it's the most fertile ground for the best one ever(yet) to emerge - but only if we let it emerge. A prerequisite for a plan is the need for one, and the need for one comes when there is lack of one. Logical probability suggests that if we had one up our sleeve, in such situations, we wouldn't end up in one such situation. And since we're stuck and we've admitted all of the above, any plan would do and the best plan is the next logical step - which may not always be the most striking. Nonetheless, it will do the trick. If we trusted the principles and methods that got us here, they're sure as hell not getting us out of the mess we're in, in any case. So the next progressive, logical step, however unassuming, is the way to go. Being objective helps. A pre-plan binds you to compliance. A no-plan leaves you open to plan afresh, effectively and better. Don't think plan. Just think as needed.