Planning

Understanding Why Planning Is Important for Success

It goes without saying that if one fails to plan, one plans to fail. Without proper planning, we see the usual symptoms of sliding back into our normal “how we used to do things.”

Why do we need to plan?

  1. Proper planning encourages us to achieve the goal
  2. Proper planning helps us break our goal into bite-size pieces and small goals for greater success
  3. Proper planning gives us a clear perspective on what needs to be done, what goals need to achieve, and what amount of time is to be spent on completing those goals

“PLANNING IS BRINGING THE FUTURE INTO PRESENT SO THAT YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT NOW.” — ALAN LAKEIN

Benefits of Planning?

  1. Proper planning helps to prepare a guideline, relatively a timeline on how to maintain and reach the established goals
  2. Proper planning helps to reduce the amount of stress and frustration that can be avoided by planning
  3. Proper planning helps those individuals managing our budgets to have time to properly ensure the funds are available for our complete project and allow for cost savings

“MAKE TIME FOR PLANNING; WARS ARE WON IN THE GENERAL’S TENT.” — STEPHEN R. COVEY

The Outcome of Planning?

  1. Proper planning helps the planner to stay focused on the original plan without any distractions (adjustments are a part of managing the plan)
  2. Proper planning puts pen into paper the skeletal schedule and goals
  3. Proper planning promotes efficiency, productivity, and a target for the end goal to be met

“PLAN YOUR WORK FOR TODAY AND EVERY DAY, THEN WORK YOUR PLAN.” — MARGARET THATCHER