• Do well in the modern world: master the core skills you need for success

Planning

Failing without planning

Most of us are familiar with planning. In everyday life, we usually plan what to buy in the supermarket, plan our holidays, plan what to cook for dinner and which ingredients we need. We plan what to spend our salaries on, and how to complete our projects at work or at school on time, etc.

Thus, planning is a future-oriented process, which allows looking ahead and reaching a specific goal.

“Planning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us,” once said Richard I. Winwood, a religious leader, author, and business executive.

Indeed, planning is an integral part of succeeding in any life aspect, starting from cooking a delicious dish or organizing a wonderful birthday party to implementing a successful initiative at the company you work for; and if you do not choose to plan your actions, you automatically choose to fail.

Get prepared - get outstanding results

Being a good planner means:

  • being able to set goals;
  • developing strategies to accomplish these goals;
  • estimating the time and effort needed to complete a particular task;
  • spotting and organizing the resources and systems that are required;
  • developing timetables and schedules with clear milestones and deadlines;
  • prioritizing tasks;
  • creating a detailed ‘to do’ list;
  • gathering and analyzing data;
  • predicting and forecasting;
  • evaluating courses of actions;
  • implementing the chosen plan and monitoring all the actions;
  • evaluating and reviewing the outcome.

To acquire these skills, one has to understand the importance of planning both in their professional and personal life, because without proper preparation, it is pointless to expect significant results.

The key for the successful career

Today, planning skills are of high importance in the professional field, as employers are looking for self-managing and self-regulating workers who are ready to take part in organizing their working process while being in the thick of their company events.

Planning is critical for developing the budget, determining the overall direction you, your company or your team is going to take, and so on.

If we are talking about large-scale projects, planning is an integral part of design approval and further implementation, as investors usually do not work without being provided with a written business plan, which describes what and how you are going to do.

Thus, planning skills are critical for everyone to succeed in any business, as no business can go without proper planning.

Face the change

People often avoid planning, especially at work, as they are afraid of change, and planning always means some change in regular working process in order to reach particular goals.

However, change is a phenomenon of the modern world, and those who do not want to adapt are going to fail.

Flexibility and adaptability are vital features while planning, as no matter how great your plan is, you cannot predict everything; for example, someone’s illness or other force majeure.

Good planners have to be ready to adjust their actions in compliance with circumstances, meet needs that arise, and be creative in finding better options that can guarantee accomplishing the goals.

Plan to learn to plan

Some people are naturally good at planning while others are not, but it does not mean that it is impossible to acquire this skill — quite the reverse, it can and must be developed and improved with practice.

Y Skills Institute possesses a unique set of efficient techniques that can show you the other side of change, which is fascinating and not scary at all. So do not hesitate and start learning to plan your future hand-in-hand with experts in success.