Hey Gemmers, it’s Monday again so you know it’s time for some #SelfImprovementGems with your fave jeweller, yours truly. Today’s gem is a 11-carat diamond on effective planning. Let’s goo!
Introduction to Effective Planning
I’m not much of a planner myself but I was inspired to do this post for two reasons. Firstly, because I was reading Mike Murdock’s book, The Assignment some two weeks ago and he touched on the importance of planning and I haven’t been able to get it off my mind since then. Secondly, because of what happened last week during my weekly Thursday meeting. So, for a month+ we’ve been planning to talk to some secondary school students about sex education and career choices but due to some unforeseen circumstances we couldn’t do so at when we initially planned. It felt like when we wanna take action something was against us, like DJ Khaled says, ‘they don’t want us to win’. So, we finally got the chance to do it only for the thing to fall apart at the beginning, poor timing, lack of teachers to introduce us, absence of some key players, we didn’t account for the number of students etc. This led to lack of motivation of the part of members me included but thank God, we bounced back even though we didn’t bull’s eye our initial target. We live and we learn. I learnt that a plan and an effective plan are not always the same, lack of information for a plan is problematic and that flexibility and/or adaptability to situations is important.
Planning and Effective Planning?
According to Vivek Bindra, “Planning is the process of goal setting; developing the approach to achieve those goals; outlining activities; prioritizing them; and creating a schedule that brings us closer to the goals that we set.” With this understanding, we can strive to focus on the goal and work effectively to achieve it.
Effective planning is one of the best methods to manage your time in order to use it to your advantage and it involves planning ahead and preparing yourself to focus on actions that lead to a wanted result which involves relatively minimal risk of failure. An effective plan needs to be believable and convincing especially when it involves others.
Benefits of planning
Planning should be a crucial part of our lives but it can be somewhat overlooked. For example, if you invite someone on a date but you don’t have any idea about the venue, time or activities to do, will the person come? Well, of course not. I know some of you can pull off the spontaneity thing but it doesn’t always work and even if it does, it doesn’t negate the importance or benefits of planning. The benefits of planning or effective planning rather may include:
- Stress reduction
- It helps to figure out your priorities i.e. what’s important
- It shows you the approximate time for completing tasks individually or collectively
- Planning is chalking out what course of action you propose to undertake.
- Planning gives an approximation of the time required for completing any task.
- Helps in keeping track of tasks and the progress made
- It gives a fairly good idea about the expenses involved in the task.
- Helps you to prepare for changes & emergencies.
- Increase in productivity.
- Increase in self-esteem.
- Helps discourage procrastination.
-Helps being better organised.
- Helps being in control of your situation.
- No unnecessary effort and duplication of tasks.
Tools for planning
Modern technology presents us with numerous tools for planning both on the general and specific so here are a few general tools. Clock with an alarm, planner, diary, to-do list, scheduler and other forms of stationery.
11 Steps for Creating an Effective Plan
Many of us have heard the infamous saying by now ‘if you fail to plan then you plan to fail’ but not that many of us know how to piece together an effective plan. A plan is like a map leading the way, if it’s faulty or wrong you’ll end up in the wrong place. Mike Murdock advises that you should write down your plan in details, every step, task, action etc.
Effective planning is closely related to goal setting so I left some things out because I’ve already covered goal-setting, so in order to get more out of this go and read my post, The Art of Goal Setting: How to Set Your Goals and Smash Them.
QOTD: “Planning does not replace prayer and prayer should not replace planning.” – Mike Murdock
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