What, precisely, is the Silman planning method?
I certainly subscribe to Silman's advice that you should always play with a plan, which I read in his book, "Reassess Your Chess." I recommend this book, and it certainly seems popular among chessplayers, at least, on this site.
I definitely agree with his advice that you should play the position as the position dictates.
In essence, he says to create imbalances in the position, and attack your opponents weak points - I guess, accentuate the imbalances, to your advantage.
Every good player plays with a plan. Actually every chessplayer plays with a plan - although some do not plan very well nor very deeply!
The way I plan:
Narrow down your options until you have a few playable moves. I usually use the highly useful analyze board feature, and play both sides out, figuring what move would lead to a superior position. Natural developing moves often are better then direct attacking moves early in the game. Many times, a long think isn't necessary until at least 15-20 moves into a game.
The move I choose is based on experience (games I have played in the past, chess knowledge I have accumulated through analyzing games and from kibitzers, learning from my mistakes - pattern recognition) and intuition - on what I feel is the best move in a certain position. But I try to rely less on intuition and more by what the position dictates I should do when I analyze.
Of course, the hard part is accumulating the chess knowledge. There is a lot of chess theory out there - but not usually easily accessible (i.e. not written in layman's terms; if someone could give me a name of a book with advice/chess knowledge which could potentially help make me a Grandmaster (i.e. a significiantly stronger player), I'd appreciate it).