Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. – Alan Lakein
Everyone makes plans – big plans, little plans, realistic plans, farfetched plans, serious plans, and playful plans. The serious planner takes frequent shots at planning. It may begin fuzzy, but continual working at it will help the planning to come into focus. A wild shot that doesn’t fit will get weeded out. The more important aspects of the plan will be refined and elaborated on so that more and more meaning is built into them. The serious planner regularly checks on his plans and how he is following through on them. He looks for problems, false assumptions, difficulties, and hang-ups. He makes corrections and adjustments where needed.
Planning and making choices is hard work. They involve careful thinking and decision making. They force you to recognize what criteria you use in setting priorities. Different criteria may result in different priorities and cause conflicts of interest. Choices depend on priorities; proper planning enables the serious planner to recognize conflicts that may arise.
Setting priorities are as simple as A, B, and C, with A equaling high value, B equaling medium value, and C equaling low value. Items marked A should yield the greatest value. Adding time and urgency to the list will be marked adding numbers, such as A1, A2, A3, etc. Priorities change over time. Today’s A may be tomorrow’s C.
What’s your A, your B, your C? Are you spending your time correctly according to the priorities you’ve set?
Cite: How To Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Alan Lakein