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https://www.forbes.com/sites/annlatham/2017/11/26/3-mistakes-you-make-when-planning/

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Mistakes You Make When Planning
For the average person, the act of planning involves creating a list of action items. If you've been around the block a few times, you are wise enough to want names and dates connected to each of those action items. With a good solid list in hand, you probably feel ready to plunge ahead.

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Your Destination

Before you do any more detailed planning, before beginning to discuss or actually take action, determine what success would look like, what needs to be accomplished.

What will succe...

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Your Roadmap

Write down the big picture Roadmap (the various dimensions of the project) so important components will not be forgotten and unnecessary steps will be eliminated.

You will be able...

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Taking Action

Identify the tasks that must be accomplished. You need to know: what, who, when, how and how well.

The most common mistake here is stopping with the What and Who....

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Warnings

Ask the important question: What might go wrong?

Most plans fail and the reasons for those failures are not usually all that surprising. The problem is that few people stop to a...

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