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7 Surprising Things Planning and Productivity Teach Us

Planning and Productivity Teach a lot of things
wrote this on August 8, 2013
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Our quest for knowledge is never ending; at least that’s theory.  So, even if you are already a great planner, there’s always more to learn. The Socratic search for knowledge assumes that you know nothing.  This approach enables you to pick up information that other people may miss due to hubris.

You’d be surprised as to how planning affects everything in our life and how it can impact critical life skills.  Learning how to plan ahead makes you not only more productive, it makes you calmer, smarter and most of all more knowledgeable.

If you understand how the outer rim of planning helps you to be more productive then you’ll improve every aspect of your life, here are 7 examples of those aspects, skills and behaviors and how planning teaches us to excel in each and every one…

1# Diplomacy

One of the most unappreciated yet extremely important skills in the getting things done department is diplomacy. Deferring and delegating develops your negotiation skills allowing us to demand more from our environment.

As a result, we receive what we want, when we want it, and how we wanted it.  Diplomacy is a necessary skill in every productive person’s repertoire.  It can make a difference between projects finished before or after a deadline; success and failure.

Those who are unfamiliar with diplomacy often use her well known evil sister intimidation, intimidation gives you the results you want sometimes, but with a terrible price.

2# Risk management

Knowing what to do and when to do it is an important skill in everyone’s portfolio; productive people do this via prioritization and careful planning.

Anticipation is done through assessment.  You can assess possibilities only after you’ve carefully planned them.  Planning helps you to do just that, it shows you possible hurdles that might rain on your parade and gives you enough time to prepare for them.

Prioritization helps you to take a plan and normalize it so it’ll include a “human factor”.  It helps you to deal with conditions that are less than optimal i.e. “I need to do that big thing which will drain all my strength so perhaps it’s better to start with those little things first.”

3# Patience

If you’re in a hurry to do something it tells me all I need to know about your ability to get things done. Since we all know already that ASAP doesn’t work, and being busy isn’t really working, we can easily identify those who can get the job done and those who can’t.

Not everyone realizes, however, postponing immediate satisfaction, overcoming impulsiveness and waiting for the right moment are the same thing…

Those who are “blessed” with patience are the same people who understand the value of hard work, schedules and time.

4# Foresight

Most people are smarter in hindsight, why?

Because hindsight is easier than foresight – most people are not trained in seeing the “big picture”.

The ability to see the big picture is something that needs to be developed; you are not born with it. Those who know how to prepare, those who know how to stand back up on their feet after failure, those who are able to work hard in an unrelenting job because they’ve set a target; those are the people who are able to see the big picture.

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5# Flexibility

The ability to change with the current is also an acquired trait.  It’s something that we’ve been taught as kids and developed further as adults.

“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” Confucius

Working with constrains is just that.  We develop the ability to bend when need so we’ll be able to reach our target. Improving the way we deal with constrains and unpleasant surprises are how we cultivate the flexibility needed to get things done.

6# Accuracy

There is a huge difference between what we planned (intended destination) and what we end up doing (final destination).

Paying attention to minute details is a result of countless hours spent on planning your moves.  As a planner, you understand that everything has an effect on your intended goal, that’s why you need to pay attention to the roadmap you set.

7# Enjoying Life

Since we spend so much time on working, optimizing our time and making sure nothing goes to waste, every minute “on the outside” counts…and planning helps us to make it count more!

We learn to appreciate “the outside world” and the opportunities it gives.  So yes, when I’m not working, I make sure that I’m having fun, and a lot of it!

Planning in and of itself if worthy, but if you needed an extra push, hopefully you just got it!

Until next time.

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4 responses to “7 Surprising Things Planning and Productivity Teach Us”

  1. lukasz.paszke says:

    Brilliant article, lots of wisdom. Now Ask your self, how iqtel features help in each of this 7 points? I asked my self this question half year ago and moved to other GQueues. IQtell unfortunately lost contact with the basics of the art of management. The success is not in giving lots of features, but in supporting good management practices by software. If one knows the art and is fluent in it, the fancy features are obsolete and even disturbing. The power is in simple application of management wisdom and not in complex features. You have great articles that do not fit in to your software. Ask your self how long will it take to plan same project in IQtel and how long in GQueues?

    • Team IQTELL says:

      Lot has changed in the past 6 months ;-). We have been developing IQTELL (still in Beta) with the help of our great user community so our focus is always on the users. We’d love to chat with you about your IQTELL experience team (at) iqtell (dot) com.

  2. Steve Bonario says:

    Grateful again for the concise list of reminders – especially the need for planning and patience.

    I’m actually using more of the features of IQ tell — not because I want to spend more time with the tool but because of how well it is integrating the things I need with the way I work.

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