“The commander who gets many scores during the calculations in the temple before the war will have more liklihood of winning.”
Too often, planning is simply a mental process. An idea that is only in our head as we simply look at the past and adjust for the future. Sailors call this “steering by the wake.”
In war, generals say that no plan survives the first battle. The same is often true in life – outside events influence the success of our plan. Do not let this possibility of disruption defer you from planning. Without a plan of action, you may never get started. Simply consider plans as a basis for change. President Harry Truman said,
“When I make a dumb decision, I go on and make another dumb decision.”
Put Your Plan In Writing.
I have six honest serving men.
They taught me all I knew.
Their names were what and where and when,
And why, and how, and who.
Answer the questions posed by the six honest serving men and you have a simple format for putting your plan into writing.
Why am I taking this course of action?
What am I going to achieve?
How am I going to proceed?
When am I going to do it?
Where will it happen?
Who is going to be involved?
It is so easy to answer these questions in our head and so much better to put the answers in writing. Tom Monahagan, founder of Domino’s Pizza, says,
Writing is the key to my system. I carry a writing pad with me everywhere I go. All my thoughts, my plans, my dreams and my analyses of problems are written down in my pad. I sometimes have several pads going at once for different kinds of thoughts. I have accumulated dozens of these pads- although I never look at them again. What’s important is the thinking that goes into the writing, not the words that wind up on paper. I set long-range goals, annual goals, monthly, weekly and daily goals. The daily goals take the form of to-do lists. The long-range goals are dream sheets.
Instead of Monahagan’s yellow pad, I prefer an attractive bound journal that can be purchased for $10 at a bookstore. Others prefer notebook planners with calender pages. Whatever you use, a single place to record everything is the kind of organization that will make you more productive.