Planning is Thinking


Planning is important for time management, goals, and even purpose. It is one of the top 10 skills employers want. The planning process is thinking about…

  • Things that need to be done.
  • How they can be accomplished.
  • In what order the steps should be arranged.
  • Narrowing large tasks into smaller action steps.
  • Knowing which tasks are the most important and setting priorities.
  • Including when they need to be done and creating a timeline.
  • Noting measures and needed resources.
  • Goals to be set.

A plan outlines the route to take to get where we want to go.

Set Up Systems

Systems are a way to organize repeating tasks like bill paying, menu planning, and job duties.

  • What – steps will you need to take?
  • Where – will you do this? where are the tools you need?
  • When – is the best time to do the task? ⤍ schedule it.
  • How – what methods will you use?
  • Why – what is the end result you want?

Every system is perfectly designed to give you the results you are getting right now. – attribution disputed

Set a Goal

Goals that WORK are

Get Organized

Gather resources & tools, and create an ideal workspace with…

  • Special lighting
  • Perfect temperature
  • Add sound & scents
  • Colors to soothe or inspire
  • Ergonomic workstation

Do the Plan

Follow a routine to automate repeating tasks and ADDRESS habits.

Act to accomplish the plan

Use your task management system and TEND to focus.

  • Tame external and internal distractions
  • Embrace values
  • Notice the feedback
  • Dedicate time to concentrate attention & feel the flow


Do a regular review to monitor progress and adjust as needed.

Look at what was accomplished and what needs to be done next in the review PROCESS.

  • Prepare needed information and tools
  • Realign priorities
  • Outline a plan
  • Check lists and follow-up system
  • Execute updates: add & delete tasks to system
  • Select next steps to do
  • Schedule tasks & appointments

Use MEASURES to quantify results.

  • Metrics
  • Explain how much, how many, how big
  • Add checkmarks to a chart
  • Steps to completion
  • Use numbers
  • Rating scales
  • Examples of challenges met
  • Success file – celebrate!

Repeat the process!

Download a printable pdf of the Planning Process

Beware Planning Pitfalls: The Planning Fallacy and Parkinson’s Law at dansilvestre

Find courses and links to develop planning skills – Learn more about daily planning, weekly planning, time management, and goal setting. Also see infographics at Optimize Your Day With the Science of Productivity and Why Goals? The Science of Goals.

I seek to create order from the chaos of complex information. Join me at the Daily PlanIt to gain insights, inspiration, and information to increase skills for a better life. I unlock the power of teaching reading with phonics in the pursuit of literacy at In my spare time I explore books and movies, often choosing titles available on both screen and page.

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