5 Common Mistakes that Suggest A Lack Of Planning On Your Part

Last updated: December 07, 2022 2 min read

We can all agree that having a plan is necessary to get the results we desire in anything. Or, in other words, A lack of planning on your part will kill your productivity. But that is easier said than done.

Planning your day is not always a walk in the park, especially if you have not mastered it as a skill. Many challenges or roadblocks arise during this process.

If you have been following our previous content on how to choose the best planners and how to plan your day like a boss, you may have encountered some challenges prior to this knowledge.

In this article, we will explore some of those common pitfalls in work planning that may indicate your need for some aid in the form of a planner.

1. Having No Purpose or Priorities

As previously mentioned in the article before this one, having priorities is the key to knowing where to start planning your day. If you start each day with clarity on what is most important now or what must be done right away, you are automatically off to a good start.

Knowing and being sure of what to do for the day sets you on a path to follow through quickly and get more done.

If you find that you are often stuck, trying to figure out what tasks to tackle first, that is a sure sign you struggle to plan effectively and need help.

2. Failing to Organize  Well

If you struggle to outline actionable steps or objectives to get done that lead to completing your priorities, then yes, you struggle to plan properly. You can have a plan but what is the value of it if it is unorganized and messy?

The inability to organize or compartmentalize tasks can also look a lot like grappling to group tasks based on how they relate together.

When your plans for the day or in disarray with no congruent steps or highlights to follow, this impedes time management and your productivity.

3.Poor Time Management

Poor time management can look like taking too long to plan or spending too long on tasks when you have many jobs to complete for the day.

Poor time management is the direct result of having no priorities and failing to organize them. It leads to wasting time on what is not essential, and before you know it, your day has ended, and you have yet to accomplish meaningful work, or you realize you end up feeling unfulfilled.

Another way this pitfall may take form is procrastination. Putting things off because you do not feel like doing them becomes detrimental to your productivity.

Habitual procrastinators struggle to get anything done, especially on time, by making excuses about not getting any real work done. It is a personal issue of self-control and self-deception.

With the use of a planner, a digital one to be exact, you can curtail this habit with the help of notifications as reminders/prompts.

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4. Overloading Your Day with To-Do's

If you are a workaholic by nature, this may be extremely hard for you not to do. This point touches back on having priorities for the day. If your priorities are in place, you will not need to overwork by oversaturating your workday with things to do.

Squeezing more jobs into a busy day will only lead to fatigue and burnout. The fewer decisions or tasks you must do, the better your head space will be. Seeing too many items on your to-do list with insufficient time to complete them is overwhelming.

With the aid of a digital planner, it will help you decide on your highest priorities for the day based on your history so you can zone in on what is important now.

5. Forgetfulness

It is common human nature to forget. Even if you have already mastered the art of planning, you can still fail to add essential highlights to your day.

Let us face it, as a busy professional; you are prone to forget sometimes. We may forget, whether for tasks or upcoming events, such as a meeting.

For many, jotting down reminders as they go helps, but for others, that is not always the case. Some of us are wired to be a little more forgetful than others. If that is you, then a little personal assistance in the form of a daily planner will help.

Take, for instance, Vineforce, the daily digital planner designed to help you plan your day easily so you can get more done.

To help with your forgetfulness, you can customize this app in such a way as to remind you to do tasks you know you easily forget by way of suggestions/notifications.

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If you can identify with any or all these challenges, you are indeed a candidate in need of a planner.