Dec 12 2023

GoalEnvision answers and explains - Time planning

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Why is time management important?

Time planning helps you to:

- Create Structure: It provides a clear structure and order for carrying out your actions and activities.

- Measure Progress: You can use your schedule as a basis for measuring progress towards your goals.

- Manage Resources: It helps you to effectively allocate and use available resources, including time and staff.

- Preventing delays: By identifying potential bottlenecks and delays in advance, you can take steps to prevent them.

 

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Steps for Time management

 

1. Identify activities and actions: Start by listing the different activities and actions that need to be carried out to achieve your objectives. Be as specific as possible.

2. Estimate time: For each activity, try to estimate how long it will take to complete it. This can be a rough estimate, but it provides a baseline for time management.

3. Create a timeline: Use a timeline or project tool to create a structured timeline showing when each activity will be completed. You can use weeks, months or other time intervals depending on your plan.

4. Dependencies and sequence: Identify dependencies between different activities. Some actions cannot be started until others are completed. Make sure your timeline reflects these sequences.

5. Resource allocation: Assign responsible people or teams to each activity and make sure they have the necessary resources.

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6. Window for unexpected events: Build a specific time window into your schedule to deal with unexpected events or delays. 

7. Communication: Share your schedule with your team and other stakeholders so that everyone is aware of their roles and the timeline.

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Example: Time management

 

Let's use an example to illustrate time management. Suppose you aim to launch a new product on the market.

- Activity 1: Market research and customer analysis (2 weeks).

- Activity 2: Product development and prototyping (3 months).

- Activity 3: Marketing campaign planning (1 month).

- Activity 4: Product production (2 months).

- Activity 5: Marketing campaign implementation (2 months).

- Activity 6: Product launch on the market (1 week).

 

By following this timeline, you can work in a structured sequence and ensure that you launch the product on time.

 

Summary

Time planning is essential to successfully execute your plan. By identifying activities, estimating time, creating a timeline and managing resources, you can ensure that your project or plan follows a structured and efficient path. In the next chapter, we will explore resource allocation and risk management in the planning process.

 

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