Posted by: Ellen Hankes | February 2, 2009

How Can I Become a Better Planner?

businesswoman_istock_000007143574xsmall1Some of the most effective planning starts with starting at the end. Think about that you want to happen at the end of a process. Do you anticipate a project to be complete, a meal to be on the table, or the groceries to be purchased and put away?

When we define the outcome and then work backward to plan, we can more accurately plan the amount of time projects and tasks will take. Keep asking yourself what needs to happen to accomplish any given outcome. It may sound strange and feel awkward, but give it a try. You may get more done in a shorter amount of time.

Have you used this backwards planning technique? We would like to hear from you!


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