Plans that have these elements are more likely to be successfully completed. Those who are not used to making SMART plans may be afraid that creating SMART plans is a labor-intensive, time-consuming process. That is not true for all SMART plans. Check out the following SMART plans that took mere moments to create.
- I want to wash all the dirty dishes in the kitchen sink by 8 pm tonight
- For breakfast I want to make blueberry pancakes with the mix I got from the market yesterday
- Business plans for start-ups or major expansion
- Architectural plans to build a house
People all over the world have dreams and grand plans. Some people reach those dreams and some people continue to dream forever without ever reaching their goals. One of the main differences between the two groups of people is that those who plan and then act on those plans succeed and those who don’t are less likely to succeed. Look at all you are doing, at home and at work. Be honest with yourself, no matter how well you do under pressure and on the fly, wouldn’t things be better if you worked with a plan? Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as saying, “measure twice, cut once.” The meaning of that sentence is that if you take the time to properly prepare and plan in advance, you will only have to do the job once. Another famous saying that makes the point is, “if you don’t have the time to do it right, where will you find time to do it a second time?” In other words, when you don’t take the time to plan and get things done correctly the first time, you will spend even more time when you have to redo or repair what you rushed to do the first time.
No matter what it is you need to do, take the time to make a plan and then work that plan.
Look at your life, everything you have going on both personally and professionally. Get out your calendar. It doesn’t matter if it is electronic, one of those beautiful leather-bound planners or a simple spiral notebook you took from your children. Get your calendar out and plan how you are going to get done what needs doing in your life. Make a list of what needs to get done and then find a place for it on your calendar. Take the time, make the plan, then get to work and get it done. The question for you this magnificent day is when are you going to take the time to plan and do things the right way, the first time around?