PERSONAL PLANNING 5
Foranyone looking to achieve certain milestones in their life, personalplanning is an invaluable tool. However, a significant proportion ofpeople are not enthusiastic about the idea of personal planning. Mostof those who set plans tend to abandon them in the course of time asthey find them being obsolete. Such experiences have made many peoplehave a negative perception towards planning, viewing it as a waste oftime and an exercise in futility. In some, lack of planning in lifeis a result of laziness. Such persons will tend to have all kinds ofreasons as to why they do not need to plan. Others tend to feel thatplanning is a time-consuming activity for which they do not haveenough time. Personal planning has vital benefits when done in theright way.
ThePlace of in an Organization
Personalplans help in the implementation of organizational objectives.Strategic plans define how different an organization will be in thefuture (Lussier, 2017). The elements of a strategic plan such as moresales, greater productivity, enhanced profitability, consistency,improved quality and better service require dedication on the part ofevery organizational staff. Managers who are tasked with driving theachievement of such elements tend to be overwhelmed with themanagement of their work within the existing strategies and methodsdue to the routine work that takes up much of their time. Without apersonal plan in place, they may lack time to engage their creativitywhich is vital in ensuring a good performance in the elementsmentioned (Garcia, 2016). Strategic projects may as such be leftunattended. For this reason, a personal plan should be a requirementfor each person within the entity to ensure the achievement of thedesired outcomes. The plan will compel them to clearly determine howthey intend to accomplish the objectives that they have committed toachieving.
PersonalPlanning and Improved Performance
Personalplanning is associated with better performance due to increasedaccountability. Commitment to a plan means tight accountability. In apersonal plan, there is a periodic review to check if one is still oncourse in their endeavor to attain set targets. The breakdown of theend goal into smaller achievable parts improves the tracking andmonitoring of progress. When one is chasing a given goal but throughsmaller tasks, the work appears easier compared to a situation wherethey always have to think about the primary objective. Progress madeat each level increases the degree of enthusiasm that one has intheir work (Garcia, 2016). They will focus on their immediate taskwhich appears manageable and achievable within a short time. Forinstance, if an organization is interested in reducing wastages inits production line by 90% within a year, the task involved mayappear huge given that most wastage is usually unintentional. Theaffected company might need to overhaul its production system toachieve such a target. A manager may instead develop a personal planin which he or she identifies the sources of wastage, and commits tolimiting such waste in a given area by a certain amount each month(Lussier, 2017). The manager can go a step further to have weeklyappraisals of their initiatives. Within a few months, they may noticea significant improvement in limiting waste and a movement closer tothe end goal.
Suitabilityof a Personal Plan
Thesuccess of a personal plan depends on its appropriateness. A planneeds to be workable to ensure that one does not abandon it along theway as this may serve to disillusion an individual (Garcia, 2016).The first step in the planning process should be the identificationof the task that one is supposed to accomplish. One has to determinetheir current position and their destination. The setting oftimelines is the second step. There should then be an exploration ofthe potential paths to one’s goals. With a set path in mind, oneshould prioritize the activities along the chosen path (Lussier,2017). There is no need for complexity. When a plan is simple, onewill tend to stick by it. Once the implementation of the plan isunderway, one should make it a point to track the progress. A monthlyevaluation of the plan may be helpful. There could be variousadjustments to the plan to fit in with changes in the organizationalenvironment. It the end, one needs to appraise the plan and draw thelessons learned to promote better outcomes in the future.
Clearly,personal planning is an essential component in the achievement oforganizational objectives but should, however, be done in the rightway. Plans help to maintain an individual’s focus on set goals.When one sticks to set plans, there is a realization of optimaloutcomes. The plan`s success depends on its suitability. Managersneed to have a strategic plan at the individual level that will helpin driving the organization towards the achievement of the goals andobjectives, making the vision and mission a reality.
Garcia,E. V. (2016). Strategic planning: A tool for personal and careergrowth. HeartAsia,8(1), 36-39.
Lussier,R. N. (2017). Managementfundamentals: Concepts, applications, and skill development. Los Angeles, LA : Sage.
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