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Chapter 9. Daily plan > Benefits of planning

Benefits of planning

To start planning your day more effectively, you should be aware of the following benefits of planning:

  • Decreases time spent on decision-making. To prevent panic and procrastination when trying to make a decision, create a plan. If you know what you’ll be working on at the beginning of each day, you’ll waste less time trying to decide what you should do first.

  • Reduces crises. Planning will not prevent all crises from occurring. However, some crises arise due to lack of planning. For example, if you have a plan for dealing with late or absent employees, you can rectify the problem quickly, decreasing the chances of lost productivity.

  • Gives direction. If you have a daily plan, you can focus your energy on exactly what you need to accomplish instead of wasting time and energy trying to determine what you should be doing.

  • Increases proactive activity. Planning allows you to tackle your day instead of your day tackling you. If you have a plan, you can work proactively toward accomplishing the goals your plan includes. If you do not have a plan, you are more likely to spend most of your day reacting to situations and tasks. Planning gives you control of your day.

  • Increases quantity and quality of work. If you have a plan for your day, you’ll not waste time on tasks that are not priorities. With a plan, you can accomplish more work in less time and spend more time on priority tasks because you know ahead of time exactly what tasks those should be.



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