•Planning helps us to have a better idea about the course of action that we propose to take. •Planning better defines the course of action that we propose to undertake. •Planning gives a rough estimate of the time required for a project. •Planning gives us a fairly good idea about the expenses involved in the project. In fact a budget is also a plan, a financial plan. •Planning helps us to get prepared for emergencies that may arise during the course of the project. •A well though about plan gives us a clear idea about what is to be done every day, every week and every month. •Planning helps avoid duplication of labor.
•If a plan is followed, every one will have a clear idea about his or her role. A point that I would like to add while we are talking about planning is, we should have both short term plans as well as long term strategy plans. At the same time we should also try to draft out contingency plans to deal with a crisis if it arises. There are lots of good free planning resources online. Just try a search and you'll have a long list of sites to choose from. I thought it would be useful for you to have a brief overview of the different steps involved in planning.
The steps in planning are
•Assess you present situation
•Survey your alternatives
•Decide on the course of action
•Provide for control
•Implement the plan
But whatever be the plan, I again want to stress the point that a plan should always be time bound. As the project moves along, the plan should be flexible in the sense that it should incorporate any changes that might prove necessary once the project is put into action.