Put Your Plan Down in Writing Before You Act on It

writing down your goals

Why are we often told to mark the important point points? Highlight them. Bookmark them. We see how before every presentation, the presenter has all the important points jotted down systematically. We are told to make proper business models and not rely on conjectures. Business deals aren’t plain phone talks or simple handshakes- there is an official paper contract between the two parties. Why are we constantly reminded to put down our plan in writing? Why should you bother to write down your goals? Writing down your goals or your plan in writing is not the end-game, it is the beginning. Take a pen and paper, because that is where you begin.

The most important reason to have your plan on paper or on your laptop is maintain a clear track of your wants. To have a clear vision of the future, you need to analyze each of goals. Clarify your activities. Professionalism is to have a proper assessment of your business’s core values and the results that you commit to achieve. What do you want? Why do you want it? What are you going to do to achieve it? Working to have a clear starting point will help you achieve your end point with lesser efforts and better results. Once you have all of your goals in written, you can review those points every day. It is the driving force that will provoke you to take action, make necessary corrections and select something specific.
How would you plan out an efficient framework to achieve your purpose and persuade all of your teammates to work diligently, putting it all their efforts? Look into the habits, beliefs, values and capabilities of your teammates, to have a proper judgment of your business plan.

Sometimes you have too many options in hand- that is when you write down all the possibilities, and assess each of those options, with the intention of instituting change if necessary. This way you have all the pros and cons of each option, filtering the best choice.

Why do companies insist on written documents- resumes, contract deals, leave letters, appointment letters, or business proposals? This is because standardized communications help to avoid misconceptions and frauds. What you say and what you mean may not always be the same thing. No one will remember what you spoke in the business meeting 5 years ago, but what would remain is the memorandum that was signed in that particular meeting. In case there is uncertainty regarding some aspect of a proposal or clauses in a contract, these documents are referred to before filling a lawsuit and getting into a legal dispute.

Having an idea or many productive ideas won’t get you onto the success podium. Ideas require work. And work requires a plan. Plans are supposed to be systematic representation of your thoughts. You can’t expect your business to work on clumsy notes or uncoordinated concepts. Business is business.
Write it down.
Get a contract.
Be clear.


Anum Yoon is the founder and editor of Current on Currency. She loves all things personal finance, which is why you'll find her work all over the PF blogosphere.