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I just don't have time to plan my improvements!

A lot of people will tell me that part of the reason that their improvements fail is because they don't have time to come up with a proper plan.

However, what they are also implying is that they have time to work in an inefficient manner longer term.

That can't be right can it?
It might feel as though we don't have time to come up with a plan, to take a time out to figure out what to do, but this is very rarely the case.

Sure, we're all pushed for time to get our normal work done.

But, even a quickly thought up plan is better that no plan at all.

Plus, if we think about it we can probably come up with some aids that will help us quickly create a plan. These might include:

  • An action plan template.
  • Some pre-defined questions to ensure our thinking is focused and efficient.
  • A checklist to help define our deliverables.
Even just doing the above three things can make it quick to create an action plan, that can help you to avoid the pitfalls of previous improvement attempts.

So, do you really not have time to plan out your improvements?



Giles Johnston
Author of Business Process Re-Engineering and creator of the 'Making It Happen' online course for improving continuous improvement skills.

P.S. If you want some practical strategies to help you implement changes faster in your business, check out the free one month trial of my online programme Making It Happen - click here.