Many of us plan our daily activities, our lives and what we have to do but, at the end of the day, we must look at a set of basic questions that are essential for carrying these out.
It often happens that we see we have forgotten some important activity and then we end up belittling ourselves and asking how that happened.
The reason, in my opinion, is there was no proper planning in the first place.
I am convinced planning and organising are two sides of the same coin and they complement each other so when the planning is good, work will be organised and the result will be as desired.
In the Arab world, we seem to have some sort of an internal complex against planning, at work and at the personal level.
We must understand planning is more of a culture and a conviction than a science.
The proof of this is that while we have officials in high and important positions with high scientific qualifications, they lack this very important aspect!
We, therefore, find institutions floundering in implementing their main objectives and concentrating on trivial matters!
Some others, however, are very successful because of a culture that has been planted from the top of the pyramid to the lower jobs.
Organising, planning, entering into details, working with a team spirit, and creating a stimulating and healthy work environment are among the basics of successful and distinguished administrative work.
Work without planning is futile and a waste of time and chaos and improvisation happen – goals become elusive, and this becomes evident with unforeseen incidents, surprises and fluctuations that happen.
This forces the administration to make unrealistic assumptions and imagine what the emerging situation would be, creating more confusion.
As Marion Heinz says: Planning has two characteristics – it leads you from where you are now to where you want to be and it defines the resources required to achieve the goal in terms of cost and time.
I love organising and planning and I am accustomed to applying this in my daily life as much as possible.
This has now become an integral part of my personality.
There are simple steps that become an important factor in shaping our lives and managing our business.
I hope we will work on refining ourselves with these habits to reap its fruits and achieve the desired goals for Bahrain and the people.