Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. –Paul J. Meyer
Do you enjoy structure and order? Do you color code your calendar and thrive when checking off tasks on your to-do lists? Some of you say, “Yes, love it.” Others are probably rolling your eyes in misery. Regardless of your emotion, planning and organizing are critical components of success.
Let’s set the record straight, planning and organizing do not necessarily entail sophisticated schemes or rigid structures. Planning is simply the ability to set goals and determine the steps needed to reach that goal. It is mapping your route to a destination. Organizing consists of arranging people, tasks and information to achieve that goal. When you and your family decide to take a vacation, you’ll determine where you are going, how you’ll get there, and what you’ll need along the way. That’s planning. Finding dates that work for everyone in the family, getting maps and coupons, and asking neighbors to gather your mail ensure that your planning is organized and efficient. Planning and organizing go hand in hand—planning focuses on the steps needed to achieve a particular goal, while organization promotes efficiency in achieving that end.