I didn't realize, until I read your article, that I am a planner. I plan my garden almost identically as you. Lists and more lists helps me stay on course. Distractions are everywhere, so I plan -- grocery lists, house chore lists, to-do lists, and gardening chores. Occasionally I keep a list in my head!
I have to credit my mom for teaching me to keep lists. At 75, she is still quite a go-getter (plays 2 hours of tennis a week, mows her own lawn, etc.) Her favorite list-keeper paper was a promotional pad from Nike that said "Just Do It" on the top...lol!