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Chapter 9. Daily plan > Obstacles to planning

Obstacles to planning

There are many reasons to plan, but there are also reasons people do not plan. Understanding the potential obstacles to planning can help you avoid the consequences of not planning or planning poorly. You might have encountered some of the following obstacles when you have tried to plan: unnecessary routine tasks, no immediate rewards, and not in the habit of planning.

Unnecessary routine tasks

Planning not only allows you to save time making decisions about what task to work on next, but it also gives you a chance to evaluate your tasks and determine which ones you should be doing and which ones you should stop doing. Ask yourself why you are doing every task you are doing. For example, when you get to work every morning, do you go to make a pot of coffee? Do people at work rely on you to make the coffee every morning? Why has this task become solely your responsibility? Could you spend those five minutes doing something more constructive in your office? It’s easy to keep doing something just because you have always been doing it that way. However, planning allows you to reevaluate the tasks you spend time on and helps you determine whether they are necessary.


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