Wednesday, October 31, 2012

2013 TKR: Quick Quotes about Planning

Quick Quotes about Planning
Self-help--Thinkerer
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  • The reason quotes stick around is that they fit lots of things.  
  • So look them over.  
  • You may find one that fits you.  
  • Or somebody you know.
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  • A planner speaks with active verbs.
  • To be sure you won’t need it , be sure you have it.
  • Everything starts with what is.
  • In planning, you don’t have to be right the first time.  Just the last time.
  • If you want to break a habit, set your goal as a new habit that will serve as an instead.
  • Worry is a poor substitute for planning.
  • If a thing is worth doing, it is worth knowing why you are doing it.
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  • Start planning early. Then you will have time to procrastinate.
  • Do not undertake vast projects with half-vast plans.
  • People don’t notice the road.   Only the bumps.
  • Plan to get it done ahead of time.   Then you will have time to celebrate.
  • Don’t work harder.  Work smarter.
  • If God had wanted people to plan, He would have given them brains.
  • The snake you see is never the one that bites you.
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  • You don’t want to learn all you know from what you did wrong.
  • In the land of the blind, the one-eyed is king.
  • Learn from the mistakes of others or they will learn from yours.
  • An idea is no better than the plan.
  • Even if you know where you're going, a map helps you choose the route.
  • A plan is as strong as its weakest link.
  • You don't have to plan to fail; all you have to do is fail to plan.
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  • The longest journey begins with a single step.
  • A quick solution is a shortcut to troubleshooting.
  • Self-discipline is an illusion produced by self-engineering.
  • The way to do many things is to do one thing at a time.
  • If it were simple, you would have already figured it out.
  • Easy promises make hard deliveries.
  • Watch your language.  If you can’t see your plan, you don’t have one.
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  • No plan is complete without cues.
  • The purpose of a schedule is to know how far behind you are.
  • Hunters don’t hunt abstractions.
  • Don’t climb mountains till you have done the hills first.
  • If not now, when?
  • If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well enough to meet your goal.
  • Well begun is half-done.
  • The devil is in the details.
  • Yard by yard, it's hard; inch by inch, it's a cinch.
  • Enthusiasm is no substitute for planning.
  • Hunters act on cues.  If you want to guide the hunt you have to set the cues.
  • The secret of confidence is to know your resources.
  • The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
  • A surplus of information means a shortage of attention.
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  • Choosing you goal is the first gate to motivation.
  • If you let distractions set the cues, you let distractions set your goals.
  • No plan without a goal.  No goal without a plan.
  • Planning is how you turn talk into action.
  • Stephen Covey:  Start with the end in mind.
  • What is going to get in your way?
  • What will be the step just before the last one?
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  • The easiest way to do many things is to do one thing at a time.
  • If you know what you are looking for, you raise your odds of finding it.
  • Do you have a backup plan?
  • Short-term goals can support long-term objectives.
  • If you don’t know where to start, maybe you know where to finish.
  • Easier to seek forgiveness than to get permission.
  • Do not try to jump halfway across a ditch.
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  • How will you know when you’re done?
  • It isn't going to get any easier!  Or is it?
  • If you are afraid to fail, you are afraid to succeed.
  • You gotta know when to hold and know when to fold.
  • A plan is a story about what you expect to happen.  Picture the story in your head.
  • Picture yourself doing the things you are planning.
  • What cues will you be watching for
  • Concretize.  Use words that say what you would see, hear, or handle.   
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  • What will happen as you start to carry out your plan? 
  • What information do you need to finish the plan? Do you know where to find it?
  • What will you need to watch to know how well the plan is working?
  • Knowing what's wrong is never enough.
  • If you don't know enough to plan, do you know enough for a trial run?
  • How will other people feel about your plan?
  • Who is going to help you?  What will they get out of it?
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  • What advice would you give to a friend about this?
  • How often can you tell what someone else is thinking?
  • Write your plan. Don't bother your brain with work that paper can do.
  • No plan is done until you set up the cues.
  • Your plan is the link between short-term goals and long-term motivation.
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  • If you don’t have a plan, you are just wishing.
  • How will you know when you’re done?
  • Have you set check points?
  • Use a mini-project to break a big project into bite-size pieces, with bite-sized sub-goals. 
  • Use a mini-project to connect a short-term goal to the future.
  • Use joblets to check your progress toward a long-term goal.
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  • Use joblets to celebrate small successes. 
  • Tooth Fairy:  Check your wish list. 
  • Networker:  Do you know of any other plans like this? 
  • Tooth Fairy: What personal skills do you wish you had?
  • Canter:  Don't ignore the things you can't do. 
  • If you don't have a plan, you don't have a goal.  You just have a wish.
  • Planning is how you turn talk into action.
  • The only stupid question is the one you didn't ask.
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