A plan breaks down a problem into little bite-sized chunks and makes it feel much more manageable. A little bit of planning early on means that you won't be as tempted to avoid that piece of work you need to do - because you already know how much time, energy and effort you need to put into it and, if you planned well, it won't be much.
Planning also helps you think about what other challenges might get in the way before they happen. This gives you the time you need to ask someone for help before the problem gets too big, or it's too late for someone to give you the help you need.
Planning doesn't need to be complicated. You can keep it simple by breaking the plan down into a few parts:
- What do I need to do?
- When does it need to be done?
- What might get in the way?
- Who can I ask for help?
You can always change your plan as you go, but just by having one in your back pocket means that you have control over the challenge and you can stay focused and motivated with much less effort.
Planning is a very important part of what the Army does, and it teaches its soldiers and officers lots of different planning tools to help them to deal with the different challenges they face in their job. One of the simplest tools is called the '3 columns'.
|What? (Is the problem)||So what? (Challenges are caused by this)||And what? (To do)|
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