A man who goes to war without calculating the costs is a fool, yet, many of us go about our daily lives without planning.
In time past, many battles have been fought and wars waged. Human history is inundated with stories of victories and losses, suffering and gain, and as the wise King Solomon said; there’s nothing new under the sun. Alexander the great is known to have won most of his battles, not because he was a good warrior, but because he was a master military strategist. Julius Caesar too and other great generals.
What does all this have to do with planning? Everything!!! A plan is nothing but a strategy by which you live your life.
Below are five reasons why you need to have plans or strategies to map out your life.
1. Everybody has plans for you!
Yes, everybody, from your parents, teachers, pastors, employers, government and even your landlord. Everybody has a plan for you, and don’t be fooled, most of them are not in your favor. For example, your teacher may seem like the nice person who cares about nothing but to see you get ahead in your studies, but no, what they may be after is using you to get ahead in their career so they may be known as one who has developed the best teaching method of the century.
To your government, you are just a number amongst thousands if not millions in the social security database.
So, unless you have plans for yourself, you will just be busy doing what everyone else is planning for you.
2. It Gives you room to be Spontaneous
Contrary to popular believe, having a plan gives you more freedom. The reason that many people do not make plans for themselves is that they want to maintain their freedom and be more spontaneous thereby allowing them to live in the moment.
Although this seems to be plausible, it is counterproductive and untrue. Having a plan for the day allows you to focus on what needs to be done and relegate or delegate tasks that are not urgent. It allows you to be more spontaneous and live more in each waking moment as you are aware of what you are doing and know exactly what comes next. If peradventure something unexpected comes up, like a celebration for a friend or some urgent matter, you know exactly how much time you can afford to spend on it and place it above something else in order of priority. It is almost impossible to be behind on important matters.
3. It allows you to measure your level of productivity
Having a plan allows you to see where you are making progress and where you are lacking. Think about it, you are at this level of your life because of someones’ (Your employer, the government or your educational institution, etc,..) plans for your life and the standards they judge you by.
Now, being strategic about your time allows you to measure how productive you can be in your professional and personal life and as said above, can help you measure and check what is working and what needs to be corrected.
“The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation. You are not important because of how long you live, you are important because of how effective you live.”
– Myles Munroe
4. It Encourages Learning and Makes You More Aware of Your Abilities and Limitations
Having a plan allows you to test your abilities and see where you can say: ‘I can’t do this’. It makes you aware of what things are your priorities and what can positively be procrastinated on. You become more aware of how many tasks you are currently working on, and what your abilities are.
5. It Gives You the Confidence to Say “NO!”
Due to the fact that you are aware of your priorities and when you want to achieve your goals, you can confidently say “No!” to any new demands on your time that is not in line with your visions and goals in life. This will prevent you from being burnt out and feeling guilty for turning down a request because you are being true to who you are.
In conclusion, having a plan is crucial to your happiness and self-fulfillment as the quote below states. Please do like and share and tell me what you think in the comments below.
“Happiness and high come to you when you choose to live your life consistent with your highest values and your deepest convictions.”
– Brian Tracy
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