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Importance of Planning Ahead

Female hand holding a pen and writing a plan in a planner

My Plan

Some of you might have heard the saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”  This is why planning ahead is important.  Some may argue that things sometimes will not unfold according to what you have planned, especially in this fast-paced society where some decisions can be changing every minute.

If you are not a planner, here are some reasons why you might want to start being a planner.


Setting Your Goals

By planning ahead means you know what you want by when.  You can plan resource and allocate time around the result you desire.  Studies have shown that 83% of people do not set goals and the ones who do are three times more likely to achieve their goals when the goals are written down.


Becoming proactive

People who are reactive tends to not have proper planning, they just react as things happen.  Planning ahead helps you become proactive and in turn you can learn to take the right action should any challenge come your way.  When you are proactive, you respond to situations better instead of just reacting to them.



When you have a goal set out and you have a written plan to go with it, it’s like having a “to-do” list which you can tick off the items on your plan. Each item struck off represents a small success and this can motivate you to accomplish your goals.


Improving performance

Through good planning and preparation you can improve your performance as you will be clear of what you need to do.  This in turn causes less stress for you and you will be more productive and you could accomplish your task in a shorter time.