The purpose of strategic planning in a corporation is to reorganize and restructure the activities and resources of the company to increase the “return on equity,” (ROE) or return on the money invested and working in the company.
Every minute that you spend planning your goals, your activities, and your time in advance, saves 10 minutes of work in the execution of those plans. Therefore, careful advance planning gives you a return of 10 times, or 1,000 percent, on your investment of mental, emotional and physical energy.
The key to personal efficiency is for you to use a good time planner. Virtually any planner will work if you will discipline yourself to use it as the core of your time management system. Today, smart phones and other mobile devices in combination with personal computers, can enable you to plan your time with greater efficiency than has ever been possible before.
Plan each month in advance by transferring the appropriate items from your master list to your monthly list. This is best done the last week of each month.
Plan each week in advance by transferring items from your monthly list to your weekly list. This is best done the weekend before.
Plan each day in advance by transferring items from your weekly list to your daily list and by then adding anything else that needs to be done that day. This is best done the night before.
How you can apply this law immediately:
- Impose a sense of order on your life by making a detailed list of everything you have to do for the foreseeable future.
- Analyze your list carefully and set clear priorities on the items before you begin. Never give in to the temptation to clear up small things first.
- Discipline yourself to work only on those activities that have the most significant impact and influence on your life. Get them done quickly and well. Once you develop this habit of planning and prioritizing, your stress level will decline, your productivity will increase, and your career will take off.
- from "THE 100 ABSOLUTELY UNBREAKABLE LAWS OF BUSINESS SUCCESS" – Brian Tracy