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5 Project Planning Tips to Help You Meet Your Goals

Too often, young entrepreneurs, fresh on the scene, do not take the time to prioritize their tasks. This causes them to unsatisfactorily meet their responsibilities. Tasks drive the projects, and projects are the backbone of the business’s goals, making tasks vital. In an article for Entrepreneur, Jay Bacrania elaborates on some tips to help tasks be completed well.

Tips for Reaching Planning Goals

  1. Define the project.
  2. Give the project a time frame.
  3. Make a simple plan.
  4. Establish connections.
  5. Know when to walk away.

Before anyone can begin, they need to define what they want their end result to be. A project may be seen as “anything that takes more than a few easy tasks to get done.” Certain projects will be annoying gnats buzzing around demanding attention, while others may be easily overlooked. It is important to make a list of all projects and really prioritize every single one. After the project is better defined and prioritized, it needs a time frame for completion; when will it start and when will it end? Defining this aspect will ensure that the project gets off on the right foot.

Planning is essential to success in any aspect of life and a one-page project plan can really be the crucial factor to help a project be completed. A simple outline involving things such as: what is the problem that will be solved, what kind of budget is needed, what are the risks, or how will it get done?

Projects need people in order to be completed, and in order to involve the right people, there needs to be effective communication routes established. Set up a plan early of when the team will meet and how they can remain in contact with one another.

Finally, knowing when to walk away is just as important as being committed to the project. This does not mean to simply up and quit; it means knowing when the project’s goal is no longer important or if the return on investment is no longer worth it.

You can read the original article here: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/246435

About Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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