What is Plan: Definition and 195 Discussions

A plan is typically any diagram or list of steps with details of timing and resources, used to achieve an objective to do something. It is commonly understood as a temporal set of intended actions through which one expects to achieve a goal.
For spatial or planar topologic or topographic sets see map.
Plans can be formal or informal:

Structured and formal plans, used by multiple people, are more likely to occur in projects, diplomacy, careers, economic development, military campaigns, combat, sports, games, or in the conduct of other business. In most cases, the absence of a well-laid plan can have adverse effects: for example, a non-robust project plan can cost the organization time and money.
Informal or ad hoc plans are created by individuals in all of their pursuits.The most popular ways to describe plans are by their breadth, time frame, and specificity; however, these planning classifications are not independent of one another. For instance, there is a close relationship between the short- and long-term categories and the strategic and operational categories.
It is common for less formal plans to be created as abstract ideas, and remain in that form as they are maintained and put to use. More formal plans as used for business and military purposes, while initially created with and as an abstract thought, are likely to be written down, drawn up or otherwise stored in a form that is accessible to multiple people across time and space. This allows more reliable collaboration in the execution of the plan.

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  1. Ffflovin_20

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  2. J

    Testing Should I take the qual if I plan to leave?

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  3. MexChemE

    Analysis Study plan for Functional Analysis - Recommendations and critique

    Hello, PF! It’s been a while since I last posted. I am looking for a critique and recommendations regarding my study plan towards Functional Analysis and applications (convex optimization, optimal control), but first, some background: - This plan is in preparation for my master’s thesis, I...
  4. A

    Intro Math Plan to revise my learned math & start learning pure math

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  5. kyphysics

    Anyone Here Use Prepaid Mobile Phone Plan to Save $$$?

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  6. Xamaa

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  7. B

    Help me use my library of textbooks to form a study plan

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  8. shivajikobardan

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  9. greg_rack

    Rocket Design: Egg-Safe Landing Plan

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  10. dlgoff

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  11. M

    Studying I have some epic math goals and creating a study plan

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  12. Astronuc

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  13. L

    MHB What is the correct formula for calculating savings plan?

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  14. RemotePhysics

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  15. anorlunda

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  16. A

    Misc. Paper folding manual machine - plan folding

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  17. D

    Calculate Reimbursement for Multiple Plans: A Healthcare Guide

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  18. 256bits

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  19. A

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  20. S

    I What is the geometric plan for ALMA?

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  21. E

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  22. astroman707

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  23. AchillesWrathfulLove

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  24. G

    Chemistry 35yo combustion chemistry PhD, free time and still no plan

    Hi there, TL/DR - I have a community college job with a sufficient salary. Should I be happy with that + freetime or should I try to get a job which really uses my PhD? If I go with happy freetime option, are any of the projects I propose interesting AND feasible? If I am too lazy to follow...
  25. Emir Shark

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  26. Eclair_de_XII

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  27. BillTre

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  28. A

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  29. Spinnor

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  30. Buzz Bloom

    I Is there a plan for a search for nearby black holes?

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  31. amar654

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  32. B

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  33. Z

    NASA NASA's Mars Plan May Include a Yearlong Mission to the Moon

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  34. B

    MHB The Telephone Numbering Plan in North America: Counting Possible Numbers

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  35. P

    Automotive How Can I Optimize Airflow Across Different RPMs for My Motorcycle Engine Build?

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  36. starstruck_

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  37. DianaElQassim

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  38. S

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  39. P

    I want to be famous, someone wants it too?

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  40. StudentOfScience

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  41. R

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  42. R

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  43. L

    How to Plan My Self-Teaching of Higher Maths

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  44. T

    Can I find job opportunities in Canada through online applications?

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  45. HeisenbergGER

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  46. Z

    Calculating integrals using residue & cauchy & changing plan

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  47. Ritzycat

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  48. T

    Is my math study plan suitable?

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  49. J

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  50. D

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