The Importance Of Proper Planning For Success

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It’s officially a week since I started the 100 days of blogging challenge!

And to be honest, I’m feeling quite overwhelmed with everything that I need to get done.

From building this business from the ground up to taking on a shopping ban inspired by reading The Year of Less by Cait Flanders. (affiliate link)

So to be able to knock out all goals at the same time, I’ve spent this past week planning for the challenges I’m taking on.

Here’s a list of the challenges;

  • 100 Days of Blogging challenge
  • Shopping ban for 12 months starting July 2020
  • Quit the day job in 18 months November 2021

No pressure right?

Anyway, to ensure I succeed I’ve been learning how to properly plan out all the steps I need to take.

And with this post, I’ll be sharing the tips that are working great in the hopes that they will be of use to you as well.

Let’s get started.

What is proper planning?

As they famously say, a dream without a plan is just a wish.

And to make sure any dream you ever have comes true, you need to become a better planner.

Proper planning is the process where you sit and map out everything that you need to do to achieve your dream or goal.

It involves the why, how, and when you need to achieve those goals.

By creating a proper plan, you create a roadmap from the start to the finish.

You’ll easily know the step that needs to be taken next which will make things easier.

Proper Planning Creation

From my experience, I’ve found that the best plans start from the very beginning.

That’s why I always suggest you create a life plan first.

Reason being that if you already know the direction your life is taking, then it’s easier to create plans for your dreams.

If you haven’t made one, here’s a great post with just 6 simple steps that will help you do just that. (the post)

And if you already have your life mapped out congrats!

Here goes the process;

1. Things you may need

For your planning, this is what you may need;

  • Set aside an hour or two
  • Notebook – if you prefer the pen and paper method
  • A planning app – I’m using Notion to plan out everything that I need to get done

2. Start with your WHY

Every life changing decision you make mostly stems from a pain point.

And if your pain point is strong enough it becomes your WHY.

Which is the first question you need to ask yourself before you start planning anything.

Why do you want to do it and what problem do you hope to solve?

For example, you may be struggling financially trying to provide for your family.

In this case, your biggest why is your family, you don’t want them to lack anything hence you will do whatever it takes to make sure the financial situation gets better.

Once you find your WHY, you won’t even need motivation to push yourself to do what needs to be done.

You will show up whether you are motivated or not.

Recommended: Simon Sinek’s TED talk, Start with Why

3. What is your end goal?

I like to make this part all about a mission ( because it sounds cooler 🙂 )

What do you hope to achieve?

The clearer the goal is, the easier it will be for you to map out the necessary steps you need to take.

Your goal can be either long-term or short-term depending on your dream.

4. Create a timeline

The next step is to create a timeline of how long you want to take to achieve your goals.

When will you get started and when will you complete it?

It should be realistic and give you enough wiggle room to make necessary changes that may come up.

The benefit of having a timeline is that it keeps you focused and it helps you measure your progress.

This way you will easily know if you are getting closer or further from achieving your goal.

5. Check where you are now

After you’ve clearly defined the end goal you desire, it’s time to evaluate where you currently are.

I like to call this the self-audit.

What are the areas that may make achieving your goal a bit difficult?

Is there something you can do to change it?

If you’ve created a life plan, you might already know your weaknesses and strengths.

By doing this you will be able to know what you can change and even decide if you may need to pick out new skills to make things work.

Benefits of proper planning

Planning always has tremendous benefits that positively impact your life.

Here are some of those benefits;

  • It helps you stay focused because you know exactly where you’re going
  • You get to easily measure your progress as everything is planned out step by step
  • It helps you identify problems that you must deal with if you want to succeed.
  • You get to plan the actions that you need to take before you get started with your goal.
  • Easily identify your own weaknesses that may cost you your dream
  • You are able to concentrate on actions that will bear good results
  • Save yourself countless hours of confusion because you have a mapped out a plan with each step clearly stated

Bottom line

At this point, you should have a plan in hand to help you work on your goal or dream.

Remember that after the planning is done, you actually need to get started.

Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section below and don’t forget to subscribe.

And if you are interested in starting any of the mentioned challenges, I’d be happy to help just let me know.

See you next week!


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