How Over-planning Is Stopping Your Progress

It is often say that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail, which is absolutely right and true.

Unfortunately, many people failed to understand that planning isn’t what should consume much time and energy.

This set of people believed so much in spending lengthy period of time thinking of the best ways to start a project or mission.

All they want is to derive or map out a perfect strategy on how to get things done in a quick, easy and perfect way.

Instead of taking the first step and trying to follow up as things unfold, this set of people often love to waste their time thinking of the best way to develop what they haven’t started.

At the end, they end up doing nothing or starting a project that ought to have been completed.

This is not to discourage you from having a good plan of how to venture into any business or task.

 I am calling your attention to be cautious of the numbers of days you spend thinking of a perfect strategy.

What most people fail to understand is that there is no perfect plan because nature has a way of making things happen the way it wants it.

Instead of taking forever to come up with your beautiful plan, take a step and see how things unfold.  The turn of events will determine your reaction and your next decision.

How Long Do I Need To Plan Before Taking A Step?

Providing a perfect answer to this question will go a long way in ensuring that you don’t consume much time on planning.

Considering my level of experience and what have been able to learn from others, planning shouldn’t take more than three weeks.

During this period, all you should think is how to have a very strong starting point because that will go a long way in deciding your success rate.

Your enthusiasm and determination at the beginning of any project will often determine if it will be successful or not.

Do not think of how to develop a business you haven’t begun. Don’t think of how to complete a project you are yet to know where and how to start.

The Adverse Effects of Over Planning

In case you don’t know, too much of planning has some side effects on human overall well-being. Some of them include:

1. It leads to stress

Over planning often leads to stress as it requires you to do lots of thinking, thereby stressing your brain.

The more you think, the more the level of … is increased which will surely lead to stress of the brain.

2. It Leads To Distraction 

Having a good plan is great and advisable. However, too much of planning will end up being a source of distraction.

This is because you are considering too many options or ways to achieve your goals within the shortest period of time which will eventually led to confusion.


Just as mentioned above, planning is hugely important. Nonetheless, it shouldn’t consume much of your time.

Make it short and precise. Execute your plan and make the needed alteration as you continue to study how things turn out to be.

Avoid procrastination all in the name of planning – time waits for no man.  Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comment box below.

Ibukun Italoye

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *