There is a popular saying that goes ”failing to plan is a plan to fail”. When you go about your everyday life with no plan of action you deviate from your life goals.
The importance of planning cannot be overemphasized for an organization or even for an individual. From the start of a small business to managing a large business, from starting your own career to the last stages of your working life, planning will be the most important tool that you use in your life.
Planning doesn’t have to be anything hectic. You can start off by writing down your yearly goals, break them down to your quarterly goals, monthly goals and finally your weekly goals. After completing one you can tick them off your goal list. This helps a lot with time management and productivity.
Planning your life gives you control. If you create a plan then you get to make choices and decisions, rather than leaving things up to chance, or worse yet, letting others make decisions for you.
Of course, you can’t plan everything to the T, but having an idea of what you want to achieve, what you need to do can benefit your life forever. It changes how you spend your time and thoughts. Basically, planning helps you to set the right priorities and most importantly it clarifies the process.
I am one person who loves writing my goals in a journal. It helps me keep track of what is going on in my life. These questions always come to mind, am I being productive? Am I in the right direction? Am I doing what needs to be done?
There is enough room while planning. There is room for mistakes and trials which would have been too expensive if it was executed. This tells you mistakes are sometimes inevitable and you don’t have to beat yourself up.
You can try a lot of things in your plan, if it doesn’t work, you can always scrap that and make other plans. Planning gives you a sense of satisfaction. You and I both know that planning gives purpose, process, and the direction to get to the goal. So as you achieve each objective & complete each task in a project, you get a sense of satisfaction.
Planning is the map while the action is the process and the result is SUCCESS. There is always a big difference between the result of a planned project and an unplanned project – the difference is always clear!