I do not think five moves ahead. Nor even three moves.
Most days I think nine moves behind.
On a good day I not only make a list, but remember to read it.
I read the list for the pleasure of crossing things off. I have been known to add to my list a line about a task I have already finished, just so I can cross it off. See -- thinking several moves behind.
I do not like chess. I understand the rules, and I respect it -- in very much the same way I understand and respect symbolic logic. Chess and symbolic logic are binary. The complexity comes from products of binary events. [Classical (syllogistic) logic is not binary because it has middle terms; the result of a syllogism is not a product but a power of the predications. (Ha! Spell Checker does not like "predications"! Cretin Spell Checker!)]
But I was thinking about thinking several moves ahead.
I am sitting in a chair. I have finished my cup of tea. I have come to the end of the chapter of the book I am reading. I have decided to go to the grocery store. Before I go I will need to turn off the window fan, remove it from the window frame, close the window, lower the blind, and adjust the blinds for best effect against the nearly-solsticial angle of the sun later today. That's five moves ahead. Six, if you count going to the store. So what do I do?
Reach for the laptop to blog about it.