Planning and time management
Business Club | 23rd May 2014
We all probably agree that planning to some extent is a good idea, whether for our life and career or simply to better carry out the functions of our jobs.
The benefits can include
- Increased ability to tackle more difficult tasks
- Less frantic and stressed
- Ability to take on management duties
- Fewer mistakes and better results at work and in private life
- Improved organisation of our own work
- Finishing tasks with less wasted time
- Better results
- Greater work satisfaction
- Higher motivation
- Less pressure to work and succeed
A planning process
Despite these advantages, many people fail to plan. Here is one process to help tackle this:
- Goals: How to plan your life and career. The big picture, not detailed tasks.
- Planning: How to prepare to carry out tasks. How will you spend time on what rewards most / achieve results in minimum time?
- Decision making: Energy, time and prospective tasks. How can you be effective - doing the right job right not just efficient doing any job right?
- Implementation: Taking charge of your daily activities. How can you maximise your output on your agenda? (Avoid interruptions / distractions)
- Control: Successful implemetation of your plan. How to monitor your progress and initiate corrections.
- Smarter working. How to deal with meetings, reading, visitors, emails, telephone calls and correspondence etc.
The stages are considered in more detail in our Planning and time management handout.