Planning: Advantages and Strategies
Before you are going to do something, there is
nothing more beneficial in the long term than
goal planning. A plan must be carefully thought
through and mapped out in advance before the real
action takes place. Planning is a recipe for success.
The term 'plan' does not need much of a definition.
We all know what it means, but how many of us
actually do it before we start a course of action.
When I refer to a plan, I'm not referring to
a vague mental picture that we chart out in our
minds. I mean a real tangible plan, written or
typed on paper. Never underestimate the importance
of a written plan. Once we write down something
it clears up hazy concepts and opens our minds
to options and potential problems we may have
A plan is absolutely vital to estimate the time
and resources required for a particular course
of action. Plans should always have time guidelines.
In fact, planning is as fundamental to time management
as organizing and prioritizing.
Advantages of Planning
1. Planning provides more clarity about the
course of action that we propose to take.
2. Planning better defines the course of action
that we propose to undertake.
3. Planning provides an estimate of the time
required for a project.
4, Planning gives us a fairly good idea about
the expenses involved in the project. In fact
a budget is, in itself, also a plan.
5. Planning helps ensure we are prepared for
emergencies that may arise during the course
of the project.
6. A well thought-out plan gives us a clear
idea about what is to be done every day, every
week and every month.
7. Planning helps avoid duplication of labor.
8. If a plan is followed, every one will have
a clear idea about his or her role.
Steps Involved in Planning
1. Set objectives
2. Assess you present situation
3. Survey your alternatives
4. Decide on the course of action
5. Provide for control
6. Implement the plan
A plan should always have specific time targets.
At the same time, your plan should always be flexible
so that you can incorporate any changes that might
prove necessary once the project is put into action.
Terje Brooks Ellingsen is a
writer and internet publisher, and the publisher
of the website: 1st-Self_Improvement.net.Terje
is a Sociologist who enjoys contributing to the
personal growth and happiness of others. This
is accomplished by writing about self help issues.