Jan 052010

2010 flew by quite quickly for a lot of people and businesses.  What lessons have we learnt from the past 12 months?  What is empowering that we can bring forward to 2011 and make it better?  What can we throw out of the window?  What is your plan for 2011?

The objective of strategic planning is to restructure activities and resources so that the return of money invested yields a higher return, whether it is profit or energy.  Every minute spent on planning your goals, activities and time saves ten minutes of work in the execution process.

Planning should be a part of your daily activity and should not take more than half an hour.  The planning process itself will save you time of approximately 4 hours per day, or a 25 percent increase in productivity and performance from the day you begin your daily planning in advance.

Write down everything that you can think of that you will need to do in the future, be it for the day, week, month or year.  As new ideas, goals and tasks arise, write them down.  Do not try to commit this to your memory.  I met someone recently who carries a worn notebook with her everywhere and she starts jotting down whenever an idea comes to her mind.  Today, there are sophisticated PDAs and personal computers to help you plan with greater efficiency.

Plan each month in advance and this is best done in the last week of each month.  Plan each week in advance the weekend before.  Plan each day in advance the night before.  Plan every project, meeting and goal in detail before you begin.  Regular planning increases your effectiveness and efficiency and gives you more time to accomplish activities of higher value.  The trick is to “think on paper”!  The more you think about and write on paper, the faster and more efficiently you will accomplish it.  Once you develop this habit, your stress level will decline and your productivity will increase.