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How to Utilize the Power of Planning in Anything You Do

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Planning is very essential. While anyone can plan, it’s very important people know how to utilize the power of planning. Here are seven tips to help you.

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A little secret: hardly does anything ever become a success without a solid power planning. And this goes to show how powerful good planning is.

However, in as much as good planning is very powerful, it’s very important to know that it should be properly utilized to rip its benefits.

Because it’s one thing to have a tool at your disposal, and it’s another to know how to use the tool properly for best results.

Of course, you can carry out a certain task that shows you planned for it, but what separates good planning from poor planning is the intellectual capacity.

In other words, good planning should be a combination of mental capacity, smartness, and brave actions.

With that in mind, let’s go through this list so that you will be able to utilize the power of planning and harness your planning in anything you do.

How to utilize the power of planning in anything you do

Below are seven tips to help you utilize the power of planning in anything you do.

1. Have plan A and plan B

Having plan A and plan B means ensuring the continuity of your plans. This will always make your plan smarter.

Plan B acts as a backup just in case plan A fails. Sometimes, initial plans don’t always go as intended, that’s why a plan B is very important.

Ideally, when making your plans, it’s always a good idea to think about the likelihood that plan A might fail.

While you think about its chances of failing, you should also think of what could result in its failure, and when it’s likely to happen. After that, plan B should act as a replacement for those questions.

So, at the early stage of power planning, it means that you don’t just set out a single plan, you set double plans.

If you don’t have plan B in mind, then your whole plans may fail because you don’t have a plan for its continuity when plan A fails.

Let plan B carry on from where plan A failed.

2. Have goals you work towards

Let the plan you have in mind be in tune with your goals and accompanied by having goals that will be supportive of your plans.

For example, if you plan on establishing one of the best Cinemas in your locale, it’s obvious it’s going to be a big and long term plan.

It’s heavy. It’s a lot of processes. And it’s a big goal. So, it’s best if you could prepare yourself and break everything down into bite-sized goals.

Is the first goal about securing a good capital? Then try to hit that goal. Is the second goal about getting your first 1000 customers? Endeavor to hit it, as well.

The goal is to keep everything organized, in check, and in your control as you carry out your planning.

In other words, what you’re practically doing is moving from one goal to another that is in line with your plan.

And you do so, you lower pressure, stay more focused and organized. Thereby, making the plan a successful one.

3. Pick up from where plan A failed

Supposing you already have plan B, or rather, supposing you had planned the plan A and plan B, right from the initial stage, you should implement plan B if plan A fails.

While plan B may not always be your desired plan, it should be a plan that will look past the reason why plan A failed and become more strict, thoughtful, smart, and stable.

Also, you should make an effort to ensure the continuity of your plan and not changing the whole plan.

Because if you change the whole plan, it’s unlikely your plan will work as you expected. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

And knowing that certain things might cause plans to fail sometimes, it’s always best to prepare yourself for it by having another plan as a backup.

4. Motivate yourself

Motivation is essential when it comes to power planning, especially when the goals you are working on with respect to your plan seem tough.

Motivation enables you to achieve your goals as you work on them and look forward to making your plans work as you expected.

But, if you don’t motivate yourself, you will find out that your goals will begin to slump and you will start feeling like they are not attainable.

Aside from making you give up on your goals, what you may fail to realize is that your whole plan will begin to slack.

To avoid this, you will need to motivate yourself like never before.

Whether this is through the help of a mentor, doing research, reading stuff, or just anything that keeps you motivated. What matters the most is that you are making efforts to motivate yourself.

5. Keep checklist

Keeping a checklist is a good practice when you are carrying out a power planning.

First, it helps to keep you organized when planning.

Second, it helps to recall your memory and also helps you to track where and when you need to re-work or give more attention to.

When planning, the last thing you want to do is mistaken between what you have already worked on with what you are working on, or forgetting what you planned to work on.

Or even worse, repeating what you have already done instead of moving on to something else.

Good planning is always organized, followed up accordingly, well-timed, cross-checked, and stable.

You would also want to ensure you are working on areas of improvement. This is exactly where keeping a checklist can help you.

In addition to that, it will advisable to keep your checklist close to you as often as possible. That means if you are a guy, for example, your wallet can serve, your pocket can serve.

This helps to ensure you follow up with the checklist, such that nothing is left out.

6. Try to keep off excuses

Time is very important when planning.

Basically, it means that when you keep giving excuses for not doing what you were supposed to do, time will keep passing by.

Let’s take for example, according to your plans and the goals you are working on for your plan, you need to do all you’re supposed to do and at the right time.

However, if a goal you’re supposed to meet, according to your plan is vital, but you delayed or gave an excuse for not achieving the goal, it means that your plan will not be solid.

So, it means avoiding excuses and doing all that is necessary to make sure you don’t leave any stone unturned. If you can avoid excuses, in the long run, you will notice you have covered a lot.

7. Master good timing

You can do something later and do it perfectly fine, but doing that same thing when it’s appropriate is far better.

This is also what good power planning is about.

That means you should try to plan at the right time, act at the right time, execute at the right time, set, and achieve at the right time.

Also, you should learn to utilize opportunities, as this will help you with your timing and make your planning even better, In general.

But in all, embrace smartness with your decision on when to do anything and how to go about anything.

Telling someone how you intend to go about with good planning may not be ideal, but what is ideal is having a clue that you alone know how to about go about it with good planning and timing.

Although good timing is great to utilize the power of planning, it’s still important to know that the way time works for one may not always be the way it works for another person.

So mastering good timing is the key.

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