Failure to plan will produce just that- failure. Thomas Edison once said, “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” (Brainy Quote)
Inadequate planning can be corrected. Before it can be corrected there must be an understanding as to what causes “bad planning.”
No Listing of Priorities
For any team or organization to have a healthy strategy and plan, priorities must be listed. It is not difficult to have too many tasks and no real agenda. Every healthy team has a clear statement of the top three priorities for the year. All other tasks of the team will either fall under the top three priorities or be taken off of the “to-do” list.
Many teams fail because priorities have to compete with lesser tasks. What are the top three priorities for your team? This is the starting point.
First Things Are Last
When priorities are established for your team this will cure the problem of first things being last. The reason many businesses, volunteer teams, charity organizations and churches fail is because secondary tasks consume more time than the priorities of the organization. First things must be FIRST!
Daily Plans are Non-existent
After the priorities of the team are established and those priorities (top three) are brought to the top of the list, this will help in daily planning for the team. Daily plans cannot take place until priorities are understood and first things are truly first.
An Annual Calendar is Never Used
A calendar is one of the best tools for any teamwork effort. For inadequate planning to be corrected the team must prioritize, put first things first, make a weekly schedule to accomplish the chosen tasks and then lastly, put it on a calendar for the year. This is one of the best ways to check on the accomplishments of the team.