Don’t Plan? 7 good reasons why you should

Familiar with the quote ‘By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail’ by  Benjamin Franklin?
It’s one worth paying attention to.

Before I discovered the Power of The Plan, each day I’d get up, rub my hands together and ponder what I’d do in the business today.  Lots of fluffy stuff that got me next to no results, because I was flitting from one thing to another.

Trying this and trying that and then feeling narked because it wasn’t working.

Each day was a new idea without an action plan and by the end of the day the idea would be binned. Well, that didn’t work did it?

Once I started planning, taking the time out reaped its reward and as quoted by Elizabeth Grace Saunders in The Harvard Business Review, ‘You may hate planning but do it anyway.  Things go better with a plan.’

And here’s what planning can do for you too.

  1. It keeps you focused

Pure and simple it keeps you focused. No flitting from one idea to another like a toddler hyper with too many e-numbers.

You know what to do that day, that week and that month.

  1. You can track your progress

When you plan you set targets so you know what to aim for. Rather than winging it day to day.

Setting targets also mean you can tweak as you go.

  1. You get more done

Working to your plan turns you into a productive Ninja.

You know what needs to be done and by when so you knuckle down and you massively increase the likelihood you’ll have more of Today than a To Do left.

  1. Helps with decision making

Ever found yourself dithering between this, that and everything in-between?

Having a plan massively reduces your dithering time. The decision(s) you need to make are around your plan.

End of.

  1. Marketing becomes slicker

You know what to talk about in your marketing.

Your marketing will be 100% about what you’re selling that day, week or month.

More about directing your client to what you want them to buy with a clear, consistent message.

  1. Identify problems before they crop up

Your plan should include what you need and when.  Saving you from careering into panic mode when you realise a vital element is needed asap if not SOONER!

  1. Measure Success

Your plan is your measuring stick for what you’ve done and a great way to review your activity.

Measure what worked well, what didn’t work so well and what you can do to make it better the next time.

 

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Comments 4

  1. Annette Pedersen
    November 28, 2016

    Great points! Something I need to focus more on for sure.

    1. Tracey Tait
      November 28, 2016

      Planning was one of the best business habits I got into.

      Today is planning day for me. Adding the meat to the bones for the first 3 months of 2017.

      Pot of tea at the ready!

  2. Ena
    November 28, 2016

    I absolutely love planning. From work-related tasks and holidays to cleaning. Completely agree with everything you’ve said. Love it.

    1. Tracey Tait
      November 29, 2016

      Thanks Ena.

      Love it when a plan comes together and it really does save so much time too.

      Have a great day!

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