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How you can improve your planning ability

November 11th, 2021 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “How you can improve your planning ability”
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What is planning?

  • Anticipate problems, roadblocks and threats and plan accordingly
  • Develop practises and procedures to get things done the most efficient way
  • Spend time on what’s important directing attention to critical and putting trivial aside
  • Involve the appropriate people at the right time and keep them informed about relevant issues, progress and changes
  • Recognize and take corrective actions when facing undesirable outcomes

 

To improve your planning skills, ask yourself:

  • Do I have a clear idea of the desired outcome of this project?
  • When was the last time I missed a deadline due to poor planning?
  • Have I created a “sabotage” list of things that could go wrong?
  • Do I know what resources are available for this project/assignment?
  • When was the last time I was surprised by the impact of my plan on another group?
  • Am I using the available technology for planning?
  • Are others surprised by how my plan is unfolding?
  • How much time do I spend planning?
  • Is everyone in my group working off at the same page?
  • How can this problem or project be structured so multiple tasks can be done simultaneously?

 

Train your planning skills

  • Experiment tools and techniques to organize your work and discuss the usefulness with your coworkers.
  • Work closely with your manager on planning a project meeting. Get feedback on your planning and organizing skills from your manager and those people involved in the meeting. Get feedback on how you prioritize the issues.
  • Identify managers who have good planning and organizational skills. Ask them about what works for them. Apply at least one of these techniques to your projects.
  • Ask to be the coordinator of a special event. List all of the different parts that make up the event. Develop a plan that integrates all the pieces. Seek feedback from those involved on how well you kept people informed and coordinated the different activities.
  • Once collected feedback, think about what you learned and what you would do differently in the future.
  • Organize a forum during which information about your group’s mission, products, services and technology is presented to interested people from other units.
  • Take a liaison role between your team and another team with whom you work, and get feedback on your effectiveness in this role.
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