There is an old saying in the business field: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Just think of all those unfinished projects you have lying around.
Being a writer, I am bombarded with plans. I need to develop business plans, writing plans, life plans, travel plans, family plans, education plans, marketing plans… you get the picture.
Why is planning important?
For me, it keeps me on track. Well, that is the aim. Growing up, any plans my parents had were never verbalised or written. I carried on in much the same way, stumbling from day to day, until I stumbled upon a TV program (can’t remember the name but it had something to do with education). The concept of time management and breaking things to be done into tasks, hit me between the eyes.
Over the years, I have learnt the following:
- If I have a written down timetable/schedule I can generally organise myself, so I am not so stressed out.
- If I don’t have a list of tasks to do for the day, things don’t get done – ever in some cases. You Tube wins the day!