Planning is a very important aspect of life, whether you are a student, an employee, an executive, a manager, an investor, an entrepreneur, or even a homemaker. It is a method to show how to focus on the goal you have set for yourself. Planning can help you to achieve that goal even while making provisions for unforeseen occurrences in the process.
One can break the long term plans to daily and weekly plans to assess if our tasks are on schedule. But planning is done only after analyzing priorities.
There is always an option of going with the flow. But life is very long and may cause severe distress if it is not lived according to some plans. The only time when prioritization can be given the least importance is when you are on vacation.
Successful people arrest initiative and try to achieve goals within a period through an organization. The organization is possible only on prioritization.
If you plan on finding a birthday present for your friend by the end of the week, it'll take all week. On the other hand, if you decide to find a present this afternoon, because you won’t have time otherwise, it'll only take one afternoon.
If you have recurring types of tasks in your schedule, it's a good idea to simply block time in your calendar for those. An example could be to block one hour every morning for your morning routine and then two hours for working with clients. This way, you don’t need to regularly check how many minutes you have left for a specific task. Instead, you can work on topics and check off as many tasks regarding that topic as you can.
To be able to efficiently plan, you need to find out how long certain tasks take you. And while your gut feeling is a great advisor for many things, it can be surprisingly off when it comes to time. Tasks you love will feel like short things, while a 10-minute task you dread can feel like hours. Simply write down what you do, when you start and when you finish it.