Planning is essential to ensuring you achieve your goals. Completing tasks that enable you to reach your goal is crucial, and hence planning these tasks must be done first.
A good plan identifies causes and effects in achievable stages and all good plans must begin with a clear aim. The level of detail and accuracy of timescales will be determined by the features of the task itself, for example, a plan to change the culture within an organisation over time requires less detail than changing a production method. The level of detail is also dependent on an individual’s preferences.
Whatever the aim, all good plans tend to include:
- A clearly defined aim.
- Linked steps or stages or elements - resources, actions, knowledge, etc - the factors of cause and effect.
- Relevant and achievable proportions and timings (for steps, stages, elements)
SMART Planning is one of the most commonly used methods for planning. You can also access a useful goal planning tool here. http://www.businessballs.com/freepdfmaterials/goal_planner.pdf