Having completed the preplanning stage of my rearview camera for the Bronco project, first thing this morning I effortlessly morphed into the "planning" stage for the camera project.
Just because the planning stage is the second thing you do in the sequence of any DIY project does not mean It's less important. In fact some would argue that the planning stage is the most important thing in the progression of a do-it-yourself project, because at this time all of your various little ideas have to come together and coalesce into one big idea that is substantially bigger than your numerous little ideas.
The best way I have found to round up all those little ideas and squeeze them into one big idea package is to sit in my easy chair, with a fan blowing on me, if the weathers hot, and think really really hard, not so hard that I get a headache, but just hard enough that those little ideas start to become one big idea just before I doze off.
Quite often when I think that hard I will get so tired I won't wake up until it's almost bedtime, which is okay because after all that thinking I need a good nights sleep, especially since the next day is going to be a tough one, the next day is when the rubber meets the road, I have to fish or cut bait, it's make or break time, and several other clichés which I don't feel like mentioning here.
If I've done everything right up till now tomorrow will be "post-planning" day, I've seen some amateur DIYers skip this third stage, but they do so at their peril.