By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
– Benjamin Franklin
Preparing is not the same as planning.
I think of planning as forethought specific to a task or project, such as creating detailed drawings, cut lists, or mock-ups. I would also include organizing construction steps in a logical sequence, which is often the extent of my planning.
Preparing, on the other hand, is what is done to improve abilities and is not specific to one thing. I walk around with my head up, examining the proportions and lines of every shape and the workings of every mechanical object. I read about woodworking techniques, art, design and architecture. I lay awake in bed developing design concepts and running them through my head and figuring out better ways and realizing pitfalls.
You see, although I don’t spend much time planning, I have been preparing for this all my life.