“The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.” ― William Gibson

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When it comes to personal organisation and development, there are always two meddling things at play. Thus living for today and dreaming for tomorrow. And if we can envision tomorrow, we can’t be surprised by people who start touring tomorrow standing on today’s list.

The idea of planning is purposeful, and the purpose is usually goal oriented. For a plan is effective if its characteristics are of management process, concerned with defining goals for one’s personal or industrial future direction and determining on the missions and resources to achieve those targets. To meet the goals, individuals or administrators may develop plans such as a business plan, marketing plan etc.

They say failing to plan, is planning to fail. Planning is always necessary because it ensures that for every development there is preparation that is manageable, both mentally and practically. The anticipation of the planner is to organise his/her thinking process and organising the activities required to achieve a desired goal.

A lot of psychological aspects that require conceptual skills facilitate the creation and maintenance of a plan. As such, planning is a fundamental property of a vigilant and intelligent behaviour.

It could be personal or business management, almost every department of occupation has a specific process of operation. Whatever the area of life, every field is different in planning that helps the establishment to achieve efficiency and effectiveness. An important, albeit often ignored aspect of planning, is the relationship it holds to forecasting. Planning is the setup of structure that is designed to meet the demands or the prediction of what the future should look like. Whereas forecasting can be described as predicting what the future will look like and it is the same envisaging that causes people to plan.

Therefore we don’t necessarily need a set of plan for us to have forecast; but we definitely need a clear forecast in order to plan accordingly and accurately. Hence planning is a combination of forecasting in preparation of circumstance or development and how to react to the eventualities. Planning is mostly wired with important project management models and time management techniques.

Having a plan is planning progress. Because where there is a plan there is sequencing preparation of actions or steps to achieve some specific goals. If a person does it effectively, they can reduce much of the necessary time and effort of achieving the goal. When following a plan, a person can see how much they have progressed towards their project goal and how far they are from reaching their destination.

The chief characteristics of planning are: planning increases the efficiency of any project; it reduces the impact of contingency risks and it utilises with maximum efficiency the available time and resources. Shamelessly, if the plan ought to have certain characteristics in order to serve its purpose, so does the planner. We cannot separate the plan from the planner. With this in mind, it is up to the planner to identify him/herself with the plan.

”Let all things be done decently and in order.” – 1 Corinthians 14:40.

The concept of planning is to identify what the project wants to do by using these main questions;

• Where am I today in terms of my life or strategy planning?
• Where am I going?
• Where do I want to go?
• How am I going to get there?

As mentioned before, planning is safeguarded by a clear forecast. It is also intellectual. The physiological and executive functions of the brain, encompassing the processes involved in the formulation, evaluation and selection of a sequence of thoughts (opinions/feelings/judgements/beliefs) and actions to achieve a desired goal. Fairly planning can be bracketed to one’s ability. The ability also encompasses the skills to choose a destination and evaluating alternative routes, as you decide the specific course of your plan.

Planning formulation incorporates these few basic tips:
• List key words that relate to a project. They will fit into and help you in planning.
• When developing a specific plan, list the activity steps.
• If you cannot identify the objectives and steps to take to get to a goal, it is “unrealistic.”
• Don’t hurry the process. Something will get overlooked.
• Anticipate possible problems you could encounter in your project because of people, material, or mechanical failures. Purposely provide preventive actions and contingency plans in important high risk situations.

Why people plan? Planning is everyday part of life; it is done consciously as well as sub-consciously. It is “an anticipatory decision making process” that helps a lot in coping with both situations of unearthing and dealing with uncharted waters, even complexities. It is the best tool in deciding future course of action from amongst wisely alternatives. It is a process that involves making and evaluating each set of interrelated decisions. It becomes pretty obvious that to know where you are going in terms of a selection of missions, objectives and the translation of knowledge into action; brings possibilities. A planned performance brings better results compared to an unplanned one.

A complete plan includes the idea, the thought process, action, and implementation. Those who do planning, knowingly or unknowingly, they are operating from a command mind-set; because planning gives more power over the future. The power to decide in advance what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and who should do it. This bridges the gap from where you or situation is to where you want it to be.

Planning is an attitude that embraces the NOW knowing that there is another productive day after today. A planning mind-set is a progressively mission mind-set.

Yes! You can plan for tomorrow, tonight. Your subconscious will help organise while you sleep 😊, but some call it dreaming.