Plans are interesting. They can revolutionize our lives or they can make us feel like a failure. Anytime I have a problem, I love to make a plan that will solve it. Actually, planning is my favorite part, the action or endurance, not so much. Good plans will let us achieve our goals with out wearing out.
When it is someone else's plan, I guess I would be willing to try it on for a fit. When I have a problem, I love to do a lot of research to find out how other people solve it. It may be my solution or it may not work for our family at all or it just may need to be modified to fit us. I think it is important to periodically reevaluate your plan too. Things change over time. Now I coupon and stock up on good deals, with in sane reason :) and without waste or committing coupon fraud. Perhaps when my kids are teenagers, they just might eat more if we have more. At their age now, no one wants to go down to the basement on their own, even for food! In years to come, when our basement becomes a teenage cave, I can see the food vanishing quickly. I have to be open to changing my plan.
Lately I have been using couch to 5k, and it is very motivating to have a plan and to check it off as done. Plans are better when they are reasonable and have small increments of change. Short term plans give us a sense of accomplishment. 9 weeks, I can do anything for 9 weeks. It seems so much more manageable.
Also, I think it is very important to bare in mind that people are very different and have very different circumstances. I am not sure if one plan is better than the other as far as laundry, running, meal planning, etc. My friend has an extremely clean house, and I keep thinking, I need to get her cleaning routine so I can have a super clean house too. But I have to remind myself, she has one child and an extremely neat husband, while I have 3 and a very nice, but untidy husband :-) Some people think she is too neat, but I respect her cleaning plan because I know she does it with a good heart. Her husband really needs a neat house for it to feel like a sanctuary, but others don't know that and judge her without knowing her heart.