"I'm so busy, I don't have time to plan!" If this is your
mantra, take another look at your work style.
One of the greatest fallacies about time management is that
planning takes more time than it's worth. For those of us
without personal secretaries, the single biggest move we can
make to take control of our time is to plan ahead.
Planning doesn't have to be daunting. It can be as simple
as taking 5 or 10 minutes before you start work to actually
think about what you want to accomplish. This may be the only
time in your workday when you can be proactive instead of
Planning has several benefits:
- It keeps you on track. By thinking out what you want to
get done, you keep moving in the right direction.
- It minimizes downtime. If you have a list to come back
to between tasks or during slow spots, you can immediately
address the next project, rather than having to figure out
what needs to get done.
- It allows you to focus on your priorities.
If you know what absolutely has to happen today, you can
concentrate your efforts on making sure it gets done.
Still Have Doubts About Planning?
Try this experiment.