Planning is a series of steps taken that are necessary to achieve a set goal. It is important because it helps both in project and time management.
One of the most important components of planning is setting goals. These goals are achieved through proper planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Planning is an executive function of the brain.
Research has shown that patients with frontal lobe brain damage are reportedly impaired on tasks that require planning, development, and execution.
Traumatic injury to the brain and other neurodegenerative diseases in the frontal lobe of the brain may disrupt the processes required for normal planning function.
IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING
1. Planning gives you Direction:
Planning provides directions and a clear vision of what to do and how to do it. It also helps each individual know the role they have to play for them to start preparing ahead. When all this is done, there is oneness, and direction is provided and everyone can work together to achieve the desired goal.
2. Planning helps to bring up innovative ideas:
When you plan, you get to think outside the box and bring up unique and creative ideas. This helps ensure good results
3. Planning helps in managing both human and financial resources more effectively:
Proper planning prevents wastage. It helps set our priorities straight and spend wisely to ensure resources are not wasted on businesses that have little or no chance of success. It helps in distributing resources in such a way that will enable the organization to reach its target.
4. Lower the risk of uncertainties:
In life generally, we are faced with a lot of uncertainties. Companies, organizations, and corporations have had to deal with a lot of risks, uncertainties, and unforeseen circumstances. When you plan, you try to think about things that could go wrong and try to prevent them as much as possible. You might be able to prevent some if not all. Changes can occur speedily so you must be able to adjust as they occur. When you plan, you consider your past experiences and mistakes to prevent them from reoccurring.
5. Planning promotes teamwork:
When we plan we put heads together to bring up innovative ideas. It brings about unity and oneness of mind. Everyone knows their responsibilities and can contribute and bring up their own unique ideas. That way, we understand how important everyone is.
6. Planning Prevents disorderliness:
When we plan and prioritize things, we prevent disorganization, confusion, and chaos. It helps us not to rush through activities thereby preventing a haphazard and chaotic result. With planning, you can effectively manage your time
“A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.” – Confucius
7. Planning provides a basis for control:
When we plan, we are on top of our game. we stay in charge of the situation and control only if we effectively plan. To control cost, expenditures, budgets, cash flows, etc, we have to plan.
8. It helps in project and time management.
9. Planning helps us create balance.
In conclusion, when you plan, you think before taking an action which helps reduce the risk of mistakes and errors.
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” – Pablo Picasso