You [want to] love planning

November 21, 2014

You [want to] love planning

Definition of Planning: “The process of making plans for something.”

This is not a terribly exciting definition – no wonder no one wants to do it! I vote to make the definition more enticing and change it to “Design your roadmap.”

I will make you a promise: Planning is motivating, provided it’s done properly. Don’t judge a name and definition by its ability to inspire.

Planning may sound boring, but with my tips below – you’ll learn to love it. I am a planner. It’s taken me along time to admit that. And I’m not boring (at least not to my family – my harshest critics!).

The list is endless on why planning is the key to your success. I’ve tried to narrow it down to my Top 10. The tips below will give you a sneak peak into how things will change for the better if you start planning today.

  1. Put a stake in the ground and [realistically] commit to when you’ll do what. The added benefit of planning is that you will start managing your time better (it’s like a gift with purchase!).
  2. Planning is a process, much more than a finished document.
  3. You will start achieving your goals, as you will have a roadmap.
  4. You’ll be more productive, because you’ll know what to focus on and what and how to prioritize.
  5. Knowing where you’re going reduce stress – it’s a proven fact (tested and validated by me). Think about all the times you’ve gotten lost without a map (excluding our GPS “ off-days”). You need a plan like you need directions when visiting a new place.
  6. It’s easier to change things when you have a map. You know where you’re going and can then easily figure out a different “route”.
  7. Plan for the next 3 months, 6 months and year.
  8. Take a day at a time – but with a global plan in mind – leaving room for spontaneity.
  9. Start with baby steps: Think about your overall objective and goal; then determine your strategy for achieving that goal; and then plan what you’ll do when.
  10. It makes work more fun – trust me, it’s true – why? Because finally you’ll be working towards your goals and not in circles. You’ll start to realize that once you articulate where you want to go – you’ll be motivated to get there.

And finally, we all need a little nudge to get started – so buy yourself an inspiring notebook and pen or open a document in word and get started on your plan TODAY.

Author

Debbi Arnold

Debbi Arnold has been coaching small business owners for over a decade. With a strong marketing and business background, she believes in keeping things simple and relevant to your customer, business and product. Her coaching style is honest, direct and in sync with your values, personality and goals. At DA Coaching & Consulting, you and Debbi build a plan together, so that you are motivated and inspired to achieve your goals.