Ten Reasons For Always Beginning With a Plan ~ Good planning skills are essential to being organized. When you think about it, planning is key to pretty well everything we do. There are all types of things that require planning in our professional and personal lives.
There are year plans, day plans, project plans, career plans, meeting plans in the form of agendas, financial plans, travel plans to name just a few. Pilots prepare a flight plan before take off, surgeons know the patient’s medical history before scheduled surgeries and even professional football players have a plan going into a game knowing and having practiced all of the possible plays in preparation for hopefully, winning the game. Can you imagine what it would be like if any of the above professionals did not have a plan?
I think the following quotes from these three diverse individuals sum up the need for having a plan quite effectively….
If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.
Need I say more?
I have worked as a teacher for many years and if you are a teacher too; you also know the significant amount of planning we are required to do. For example, we have to prepare year plans, day plans, unit plans, lesson plans, professional goal plans and individual student plans. We also have to make time to plan when we are going to do all of this planning on top of the time we are teaching everything that we planned for our students. I am confident in saying that with all of these years of planning that I do in my day job and all of the planning I do in my day-to-day life, I am a bit of an expert at this skill. I also want to say it is something I quite enjoy! It is all part of being organized!
So based on all of the planning experiences I have had, I put together
Ten Reasons for Always Beginning With a Plan
Drum roll please…. and in no particular order…..
1. PLANNING creates a mental picture and concrete blueprint for what and how it needs to be done.
2. PLANNING on the front end saves time during and on the back end of completing the task.
3. PLANNING ensures your time and energies are going to the process of completing the task.
4. PLANNING reduces or eliminates the worrying about all of the things that need to be done.
5. PLANNING keeps you on track and focused on what needs to be done.
6. PLANNING helps to ensure things are being done correctly.
7. PLANNING makes it a lot easier to make sure you are not missing or forgetting anything.
8. PLANNING is like the rehearsal work for the actual event.
9. PLANNING helps prepare you for possible glitches and hiccups that may occur.
10. PLANNING ensures that your time is being used more effectively and not just resulting in unproductive ‘busy work’.
I created a quote in the form of a poster that I think captures the important role planning has in being successful at being organized. I took the photograph a few years ago while I touring the Swiss Alps. I thought this quote and this photograph totally complemented each other! What do you think? I also tried to create a Pinterest worthy image to inspire others about the importance of being planned.
Stay tuned for my next post where I will share how I prepare my year plan in preparation for the upcoming year!
What are your thoughts about the planning process?
Do you have any other reasons that I missed about why being planned is essential for being organized?
As you can see I love to plan! Here are some articles related to planning you might find helpful!
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Thanks for spending ‘Time With Thea’!