The Art of Planning Series - 1 of 3

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Planning Does Not Have to Be Painful

For those not naturally inclined toward planning, it can seem like a daunting task. I have heard some say it feels like a waste of time. However, a good plan saves you time.

Yes, believe it or not. If you actually spent a few days tracking how you are truly spending time, you will probably find you are wasting a lot of time trying to figure out what's next, and how to do it.

When you take time to create a plan, you have a roadmap that gets you to your destination much more quickly than having to stop for directions at every exit to determine if you are still going in the right direction.

Studies have shown that when you interrupt a workflow that it can take up 30 minutes to get back on track. Without a plan, imagine how much time you are wasting that could be spent on your passion or at play.

Why Should You Plan

  • You have heard it before, but it is true, planning helps you work smarter not harder.
  • When you have a plan you always know what's next.
  • It saves time by taking the guesswork out of what to do or how to do it.
  • You can get the not so fun stuff out of the way more quickly and get to the fun stuff sooner.
  • A plan provides us with enough information to determine whether or not we can reach our vision.
  • A plan brings our vision into reach so that we are compelled to act to get what we want.

The power of planning provides perspective and control and allows you easily navigate through the day to day and have time for your passion and goals.

Be on the lookout for the next article in the Series, Risk of Poor Planning (or not having one at all).