What’s more important: Planning or Reviewing?

I’m curious with this conundrum!

We make the event of planning very important – we go away for a couple of days, spend the budget on food, wine and an external facilitator (thank heavens!) and for some it’s exciting and others it’s an absolute drag.

The plan is created, presented in a gorgeous bound document or better still stored in the cloud for ease of access and I do like the idea of having an app for the plan with a hint of gamification!

Tick! It’s done. We’ve completed the BIG Planning event.

Days, weeks and even months pass and the excitement of the Review doesn’t achieve any airplay. Some complete the review in the lead up to the next Planning instalment whilst only a few place ‘REVIEW’ in their diary on a consistent basis.

Is planning or reviewing more important?

I’m flabbergasted by the number of people who admit to me that they don’t have any goals.  I'VE s there a new term or activity which I’m unaware of?

If you plan and don’t review, how do you know what’s worked, what needs to be repeated, changed etc.?

Is it possible to review your activity and not plan? Do you review what you’re asked to do or set out to do and review regularly and keep tweaking or changing but never plan?

Or, are planning and reviewing equally as important and people just forget to plan the review?

What do you think?

An Exercise For Goal Setting

An Exercise For Goal Setting 

How regularly do you review your goals and determine if they are achieved?

I met with a client yesterday, the final session of a coaching contract relationship and it was fabulous to sit and listen to her review - she read through each goal and I heard “done” so many times!

Over ten months, each goal had been approached, planned, implemented, behaviour changed or strategized and feedback noted.

Whilst I’m blowing my trumpet, it highlights the role of a leader, mentor or coach in helping people, in a support capacity to work towards achieving their goals.

The first activity I ask my clients to do is start thinking of endings to these statements:

·         I wish I …

·         I’m hoping I ….

·         If I had the opportunity, I’d …

·         People often say that I ….

·         In my perfect world, I ….

Once we discuss this information (a good warm up exercise), we then start discussing real goals! Knowing the response to these statements, we can quickly cut through the crap!

Getting to goals is helped by working in time zones.  I like working with 30, 60 and 90 days to get into the habit of breaking the goal into a project.

So, have a go at thinking of your responses to these five statements. It's a good warm up exercise to get your mind activily thinking of goals. 

(And I don’t want to hear “I don’t have goals!” That’s hogwash! We all have dreams, aspirations, hope & desires.)