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Planning To Plan

Published on 11/22/2015
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Planning Your Planning

There is no more productive use of time than planning ahead. The more time you spend in planning of a project, the less total time is required for it.

You’re going to be spending a lot of time and effort on the planning process. It’s essential to both focus your ideas and bring together all your business components, such as your business team, your financial needs, your goals, your day-to-day running of your business, etc.


Even before you begin to plan your business you need to organise a physical “planning space” where you can work on your planning. You also need “planning time” so that you can take the time to get it right. Having organised planning space and time is the only way of accomplishing accurate planning.

Making Time to Plan Your Business

Effective time management is one of the most over-looked – yet essential – tools when it comes to planning a new business venture. It is all too easy to underestimate the amount of time it takes to plan a sustainable business.

Most people plan their new venture while still maintaining their original full time employment. So time management is even more critical.


Just as a well-run business follows a budget in spending money – so an effective entrepreneur needs to follow a budget (or schedule) in spending time.

This means being systematic and rigorous in managing your time. Set your time frames. Then schedule “blocks of time” that you set aside specifically for working on your business plan. Free up extra time by establishing where all your spare time goes – and then using it for working on your business plan.

A Place to Work on Your Business Plan

You need to set up an efficient and workable home office in which to plan your business venture. The more professional your planning space, the more productive and efficient you will be.

Set up your home office as a business environment that helps you concentrate solely on your business plans. This is your best long-term investment for your new venture right now.

Careful planning is the key to an efficient home office. Get some solutions for setting up your home office so that it works precisely how you need it to work. Think about space, privacy, noise, good lighting, comfort and your personal working style.

Make sure it is adequately equipped for your needs. You shouldn’t skimp on the things that you know you will need, but take some time to think about whether you really need some of the less frequently-used high-cost equipment.

Make a Planning Poster Board

Motivation works! So make a BIG poster board and use it to pin up everything that will inspire and motivate you.

 Write down all your great ideas on brightly coloured paper and pin them up. Pin up pictures from magazines, or photographs or quotations.


The power of visualisation cannot be exaggerated. Most people who achieve great

things have the clearest picture in their mind of what they want. (e.g. when Olympic sprinters are asked what they’re thinking about when they stare down the track seconds before the starting gun, without exception they say it is seeing themselves bursting through the tape and winning the gold medal.)



A collage of your “vision” will not only help you when you are putting together your project but, hung in a prominent place, will serve to keep you focused.

When it comes to vision, don’t short-change yourself right at the start by thinking:

  • "I can't. . ."
  • “What if. . ."
  • "It's impossible. . .”

With determination and hard work you have the means within you to make every idea come alive. 

Turning “To Do” Lists into Action Plans

Most of us know we need to make “To Do” lists when it comes to planning. However, not many of us know we need to turn our “To Do” lists into “Action Plans”. An Action Plan converts a “To Do” List into a step-by-step approach for action.


Action plans bring order to your life because once you’ve formulated a sound plan, you are free to stop worrying because everything you have to do is planned out with the correct deadlines.

They also reduce huge tasks to manageable levels. Think about a loaf of bread. Before it has been cut, it is big and represents a lot of eating! But cut it into thin slices and it takes on a different aspect. Now you have something manageable; something you can eat slice by slice.

Getting your venture up and running successfully may look like that loaf of bread right now - too big to manage! But if you slice it into as many small, manageable actions as possible, it becomes easier to achieve.

Here is how to turn an unmanageable “To Do” List into a manageable Action Plan:


Write down every single action you need to complete a particular section of this journal. Remember: no action is too small to write down.


Ask yourself: “Does this action clearly contribute to my business?” If it doesn’t, cross it out. It’s that simple!


Number the items on your list in the order you must do them, according to their importance the time needed to complete it.


Each action has to be someone’s responsibility. Things won’t get done if they are just something that someone must do.


Actions have to have a deadline. Write down exactly when this task will be done - then stick to that deadline.


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