Imagine yourself inside a mine without a light. You’ll feel the same without a plan.

Plans usually don’t work, but a plan is better than no plan. When you make a plan, you prepare a sequence of steps to achieve a specific goal. You can think of a plan as a roadmap for accomplishing what matters most to you. You just need to identify and change (if needed) the milestones and waypoints along the journey. Sounds nice, right? Plans are really good when they are flexible.

If you prepare your action steps effectively, you can free significant time and effort from reaching your goal. The 80/20 Rule works here. You either spend your time on planning what to do next, or you take many unnecessary, unfocused, and inefficient steps.

A plan will help you to maintain balance. It is important if you want to meet your needs with your resources, time, or money on each step of your journey. If you plan smartly, you’ll have the opportunity to see ahead of time if you are likely to face a problem. Here, you can adjust your plan to avoid wrong steps — rather than deal with those wrong steps when they come unexpectedly.

A plan increases your productivity. It works as a filter and shows your most important priority. With a plan, you can say “no” to lesser, more unimportant things. You are the boss! You manage your opportunities rather than being managed by them.

Now look at your plan. Can you simplify it even more?

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.― Dwight D. Eisenhower

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