You have heard people say it all your life, ”If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” In addition, you know that you do a better job when you work with a plan rather than just winging it. So why aren’t you creating a plan and working according to the plan.
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Stop believing the myth that you are one of those people who worķs better under pressure without a plan.
People often say they are at their best when working with a looming deadline, under pressure, and without a plan. There are two possible responses to that idea. The first response is, stress raises our blood pressure and negatively impacts our breathing, heart rate and ability to think and recover. A second response, perhaps a preferred response is that with a plan you take your best and make it better. Working with a SMART plan (which will be described momentarily), is a way of making things better and striving for optimal performance and results. Even if you think you work better under pressure and without a plan, if you look at the situation objectively, you will probably notice several things:
- you are more stressed than usual
- the work itself is not as enjoyable
- you are more prone to make simple errors
- things around you are more irritating
- the quality of the finished product is not as good
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