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Part I: Introduction to Planning > Major Types of Planning

Chapter 4. Major Types of Planning

There are four major types of planning. One focuses on the future, another looks at the here-and-now. Two more deal with the way planning is done.

  1. Type A Planning: If you’re getting geared up for events that haven’t happened yet, like…

    …getting a new job,

    …awaiting the arrival of a baby,

    …avoiding a serious illness, or

    …preparing for a change in the weather,

    you’re involved in future planning. You can’t control these impending events, but you can be ready for them when they pay you a visit.

  2. Type B Planning: You’re involved in here-and-now planning if you’re trying hard to change your present behavior by…

    …staying on a diet,

    …breaking a bad habit,

    …taking a much-needed vacation, or

    …starting a new relationship.

    you can control these events and effect the change you want in the future by taking action today.

  3. Type C Planning: If you’re trying to get where you want to go by taking your lead from what others have done in the past, you’re involved in follow-the-leader planning.

    And finally…

  4. Type D Planning: If you study a problem, check out alternative courses of action, and select what you think is the most promising solution, then you’re involved in analytical planning.


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