Newsletter - Learning Matters - No.20

Planning for Success

"A goal without a plan is just a wish"

At this time of year we are all making plans for the year ahead. Some people find planning restrictive and so tend to avoid it, while others are meticulous with their list-making and attention to detail.

Are you the type who starts out with all good intentions only to find that real life gets in the way of your goals and plans?

Research has shown that people who set themselves goals are motivated, productive, have generally low stress levels and enjoy what they do.

Having a plan can help us to feel in control, keep focussed and avoid distractions.

To find out what sort of planner you are click on the link below for our free questionnaire: 'Check your attitude to planning'

If you would like to talk to us about planning, goal-setting and time management in your company please call us on (0118) 987 5683.

Check your attitude to planning

Consider each of the factors below and circle a number, which represents your particular attitude. Remember the purpose of this indicator is to highlight your general attitudes towards planning. This guide is for your personal use, so be honest with yourself.

1 There is no need to plan in my job and I can achieve as much as I wish without a plan. 1 2 3 4 5 I believe I need to plan in my job and my achievements depend upon my planning capability.
2 I find that planning restricts my freedom of choice and action 1 2 3 4 5 I find that planning allows me to be more creative and often highlights actions to take, which may not have occurred without my plan.
3 Planning does not suit my style of work. 1 2 3 4 5 Planning suits my style of work and I welcome the disciplines it provides.
4 Planning cannot cope with the day-to-day pressures and changes. 1 2 3 4 5 My planning helps me to sort out my priorities and to cope with change.
5 Planning doesn't take into account my experience and judgement. 1 2 3 4 5 Planning is my experience and judgement but in an organised framework.
6 Planning is too detailed and complicated. 1 2 3 4 5 Planning is concerned with key factors and issues.
7 Planning requires too much time. 1 2 3 4 5 Planning save time overall but I need to invest time in my planning at the beginning.
8 Planning requires too much commitment. 1 2 3 4 5 I find that planning makes things clearer and I can then commit myself to my plan.
9 Planning shows up my weaknesses and it might imply I have to change. 1 2 3 4 5 Planning shows up my weaknesses and my strengths and normally I can see ahead
10 I have used planning in the past but it wasn't really successful for me. 1 2 3 4 5 I plan because I have made it successful for me.


When you have circled a number for each factor on the worksheet, add the numbers and divide by 10. If you have a number between 1.0 and 1.4 then you have a highly negative attitude towards planning and probably all your past attempts have proved unsuccessful.

If you have a number between 1.5 and 2.4 then you are negative about planning and you have had difficulty with coping with any past planning problems. If you have a number between 2.5 and 3.5 than you are neither negative nor positive in attitude and are still seeking the benefits of planning.

If you have a number between 3.6 and 4.5 then you are positive in attitude and receive benefits its from planning. You are probably still dealing with a few problem areas. If you are between 4.6 and 5.0 then you are highly positive and achieving the full benefits of planning in your job.

Learning Curve - Reading, Berkshire, England: +44 (0)118 987 5683

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