Everybody chucks this word around like we all understand what it means. We all think we do, but do we really?
What would be the minimum requirement for a plan?
How would you recognise a good plan when you see it?
Can you see it?
Are we supposed to be able to see it?
- A scheme, program, or method worked out beforehand for the accomplishment of an objective: a plan of attack.
- A proposed or tentative project or course of action: had no plans for the evening.
- A systematic arrangement of elements or important parts; a configuration or outline: a seating plan; the plan of a story.
- A drawing or diagram made to scale showing the structure or arrangement of something.
- In perspective rendering, one of several imaginary planes perpendicular to the line of vision between the viewer and the object being depicted.
- A program or policy stipulating a service or benefit: a pension plan.
A basic management function involving formulation of one or more detailed plans to achieve optimum balance of needs or demands with the available resources.
The planning process
- identifies the goals or objectives to be achieved,
- formulates strategies to achieve them,
- arranges or creates the means required, and
- implements, directs, and monitors all steps in their proper sequence.
Most agree that planning is a process…
In truth we as humans plan all the time. It is one of the specific skills that sets higher order animals apart from those that simply react to stimuli.
So what is the “natural” way of doing it?
- Decide what we want to achieve (set a goal / destination / outcome)
- Figure out where we are now (get as is state / position / benchmark)
- Establish the route to achieve what we want with the least amount of effort (biological imperative – conservation of resources)
- Calculate what we are going to need to get there (list minimum resources to be expended in achieving goal)
- Evaluate the worth of the total endeavour (milestone 1 – risk to reward / effort to yield / cost to benefit + Yes / No decision point)
- Select points along the route to make sure we don’t “get lost” (intermediary measurement / milestone evaluation)
- Gather the things we need for the journey (consolidate the resources / acquire funds)
This “natural method” is in use by all “clever” animals within our biosphere. It’s almost like a natural law. We all know how to do it, we all do it, and we all know what happens if you don’t do it.
So where is the problem with planning?
Why would people expend more energy on planning their vacation than they would on their lives / careers / personal growth / relationships / health ….
It would have been funny if it wasn’t true…
What is important to you will be planned, but you have to decide what is important…..
Hope this happens to you….