Planning and Time
Planning means preparing yourself with theories,
ideas and concepts that will lead you in executing your task. A
carefully crafted planning procedure doesnt waste time and effort.
Planning involves management of resources and tracking down the
logical steps in executing a task or project. This also involves
creativity and patience since you would not want to start with an
empty hand or pocket.
Now that you are ready and energetic about your
plans, your next step would be to manage your time as you execute
your plans. In this case, you must have effective ways to manage
time. Your strategies to work with your plan should follow logical,
relevant, and intelligent moves that will make you adjust with the
changes and flux of time. A good plan is not enough unless it is
executed well. You will just end up with a good plan and not with
the best result if you will just keep on reading and re-reading
your plans. In the strategies of time management, you should:
- 1. Know your strengths and weaknesses.
- 2. Try to veer away from complications.
- 3. Avoid mental contradictions.
These three important aspects will help you know
your best moves. By looking at your strengths and weaknesses as an
individual, you would also know what to avoid (like
procrastination, boredom, laziness, low self-esteem) and what to
bank on (creativity, flexibility, or cheerfulness). You would also
work with your best effort because you want to finish the said task
and succeed. By knowing yourself, you would also know how to adjust
during trials and testing.
Make things simple. This doesn´t
mean you cant think of complicated matters over the period of
planning or during the execution of your plans. Simplicity means
that you reduce complication as much as possible. In making your
calendar of activities or time frame, do not include irrelevant
agenda or unnecessary tasks. Do not put too many variables in your
plans. Just think of the needed resources. Finally, think of ways
of achieving your goals without too many directions or strategies.
Just focus on what you think is the most effective way in the
execution of your work plan.
You are your own enemy. Mental
contradictions are also called cognitive dissonance. This means
that if you think of your goals or aims, and something bad happens
which might cause some delays or change of plans, do not pressure
yourself with opposing poles of thoughts. In other words, remove
anxiety from your mind.
There are ideal scenarios in your mind (like
remodeling your house during your given vacation leave and spending
a week with a newly refurbished house).
But there are realities to face (Because of the
delay of materials, a one week delay was incurred and you werent
able to enjoy the pleasant rest period you had envisioned).
In this case, dont grumble and complain. Instead,
think of the future, or the succeeding days that you can have to
extend your plan of rest and recreation.
Lessen the cognitive dissonance or mental
contradiction that you would feel every time a problem or hindrance
comes across your desired path. This will only muddle your thoughts
and make you less energetic because of dissatisfactions. Often,
this kind of displeasure will lead you nowhere and will eat up your
time in reaching your necessary objectives.
Now after keeping
these in mind, you are now ready to execute your plan.
A plan, especially made for a targeted result in an
organization or as a personal aim (like saving some money or
thinking of an activity during the summer), should be written down
to achieve concrete actions. Never underestimate the value of
planning because it is the start of the creation of strategies in
executing your moves to achieve what you envision to
A long-term plan involves a lifetime endeavor or a
long-range projection. This can be part of an individuals journey
towards his notion of success. This might include ambitions, the
kind of life a person wants, or the philosophy which defines a
persons meaning of success. Long-term plans can also be part of the
bigger plans a society would create to better organize human
existence. It can also take a longer period of time and
necessitates a lot of changes.
On the other hand, a short-term or short-range plan
involves a plan for tomorrow, for the week, for the month, or for
the year. This is a personal plan that manifests the shortness of
time or the limitations of a day or week. Short-term planning needs
a lot of skills in balancing between tasks or duties that require
time. It also involves insight in the right usage of resources and
its relationship with time, such as the availability of the
required supplies or the delays in communicating messages.
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