Planning is one of the most important project management and
time management techniques. Planning is
preparing a sequence of action steps to
achieve some specific goal. If you do
it effectively, you can reduce much
the necessary time and effort
of achieving the goal.
A plan is like a map. When following a
plan, you can always see how much you
have progressed towards your project goal and how
far you are from your destination. Knowing
where you are is essential for
making good decisions on where to go or
what to do next.
One more reason why you need planning is
again the 80/20 Rule. It is well established
that for unstructured activities 80 percent
of the effort give less than 20 percent of
the valuable outcome. You either spend much
time on deciding what to do next, or you are
taking many unnecessary, unfocused, and
Planning is also crucial for meeting your
needs during each action step with your
time, money, or other resources. With
careful planning you often can see if at
some point you are likely to face a
problem. It is much easier to adjust your
plan to avoid or smoothen a coming crisis,
rather than to deal with the crisis when
it comes unexpected.
Action plan techniques
Learn to plan efficiently. Simple and
powerful techniques to convert your
goals and ideas into an
effective action plan.
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