As you learn the fundamentals of planning, you'll realize that planning accomplishes more than you expect, without taking as much time as you'd think.
Without a defined sequence to help your planning, you'll spend more time than you need thinking about things that won't matter in the long run. Save yourself some time.
The first part of planning happens when you look at all the work you have to get done, and start to figure out what you must do otherwise it all falls apart. The key is that you have to WRITE IT DOWN. Planning without writing is just thinking. It's only planning when you write it down so you can refer back to it and check off that it's done.
Once you figure out what's necessary and important, figure out how much time and energy they'll take. Without putting down how much time and energy it'll take, you'll never be able to make a decent estimate or schedule of what you have to do. Remember, this is planning, not listing. So, add to the list of things you write down how many hours you think that task will take.
You write down the hours, but you put it in your schedule separately. When
Spreading your work over a few weeks helps you account for delays, searches for more information, and let's you integrate what you have to do more easily into your existing schedule.
Last but not least, put what you have to do based on the sequence in which you need things done. You can't put a window in a wall that hasn't been built, and you can't send a payment without an account. Putting your lists of tasks in order helps you do things in the right order.
Ordering your list helps you think about and do next steps with ease. And it helps you figure out how to chunk and spread out the work you have to do over the next few weeks or months. Account for days off, weekends, weekdays, nights, holidays, trips, etc. Keeping the total amount of time you need to do, plus the times you cannot do them, will give you a good estimate about how many days, weeks, and months your project will take.
Planning Made Easy:
- Write everything down
- Especially write down what's critically important
- Add information about time and energy each task or step requires
- Re-write or re-arrange you list to put things in the order they need to go.
You can use paper and pencil. You can use a task list from google. You can get a task or project management program for it. Whatever way floats your boat. As long as you follow the steps, you'll be on your way to finishing your project. Note: planning means you've started the project already.
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