Planning is crucial in any activity that you'd like to do. No matter what your profession either businessman, entrepreneur, sportsman, or student... Having a good plan is one of the factors that determine your success and failure. You make plans not only when you're working on big projects, but simple things like vacations, birthday parties or sport events take planning and preparation to achieve maximum results. As the saying goes: by failing to prepare, you're preparing to fail... By failing to plan, you're planning to fail. Here are 10 benefits of having a plan for your actions:
1. As a guideline in making decision or acting
This is one of the main purposes why you must have plans in life because plans provide you pictures where you're heading. You will also be easier to make decisions, because you have guidelines so that your decisions don't make you deviate from your goals. Can you build a skyscraper without making the design first?
2. To estimate funds needed
By making a plan in advance, you can find out approximately how much funds you need to realize your plan. Without planning, you will find it hard to estimate your expenditures.
3. To make you have targets to achieve
Every plan has targets that you must accomplish, either per hour, per month or per year and you know what, targets will bring you to the 'next level' if you achieve your targets successfully. Remember, by having targets you have something to strive for.
4. To help you keep focused
Sometimes when you're working, you will encounter distractions that make you lose focus and out of your track. Well, by having a plan, you can easily return to the right track. The trick is to remind yourself that you have jobs that you must complete and targets that you must accomplish in order to realize your plan.
5. To make you to stay motivated
The more targets you accomplish, the more motivated you will be and big motivation will increase your productivity as well. Plus, you must have dreams that will multiply your motivation even more.
6. To make you ready for a bad situation
Another advantage of having a plan is you have preventative, anticipatory, alternative actions when your primary plan doesn't go as you expect. If something bad happens (eg market changes, economic crises, climate change, etc), you're able to adapt and act according to circumstances. This is important because, in this world, something bad could happen anytime and in any form. Of course, if you want to survive, you have to prepare your plan carefully.
7. To utilize time effectively
Time is something that you can't turn back, so you have to use it effectively. By planning and creating a good timeline for your actions, you can use your time effectively because you already know when to do this or when to do that. Effective use of time will make you achieve your goals more quickly.
8. To use resources effectively
When you work with limited resources, you will be able to utilize all available resources, both capital and human resources, optimally. How effectively you utilize the resources you have will determine outcomes that you receive. The principle is to spend less, but greater result. With planning, you can do it from the start of your journey.
9. To reduce risks and uncertainties
Of course nothing is certain in this world and there is always a risk when you do something. However, with good planning, you can reduce the chances of bad things happen, significantly. It's often, though not the only factor, bad things happen because of lack of planning and preparation.
10. To make you feel relaxed
The lack of planning and preparation will make you anxious and nervous when working. By planning everything in advance, psychologically, you will feel more calm and relaxed because you feel that you're ready.
Those are 10 benefits of having a plan for your actions.