Now there’s a subject title. Planning ahead.
It is something we all know we should do, but is it something many of us actually factor into both our personal and professional lives?
This year I’ve had the pleasure of attending three weddings and I still have another one to come. Each of these weddings have been different but are just what each set of bride and groom wanted for their day and I am sure that the one to come will be just as fantastic for the happy couple.
But that’s not to say it’s been easy for them. As all brides (and maybe some grooms) can tell you planning a wedding requires a lot of hard work, time, energy, patience and tick lists! No wedding just comes together. A lot of work needs to go into the day. From choosing your date, to the church and/or venue, to the meal, to the wine, to who you invite to the day and the evening. Do those distant relatives merit a full day or just the evening??? Who sits next to who for the meal? Do you want a band or a disco in the evening? How is the bride going to get to the church? Who will be the witnesses? What will the colour scheme be? The requirements are endless…
Each couple wants to enjoy every moment of their day. And over the years those couples that have looked the least stressed and enjoyed their special day to the full have, at least in my opinion, been the ones which have planned and planned and planned! They didn’t leave anything to chance and ensured that they completed each stage within plenty of time. They had a group of people helping them out with the different elements where possible. They utilised different people’s skill sets. They in essenced planned ahead.
Planning can seem like a pain, it can seem like you are always planning and never putting anything in to action. But in the long run, to make your life easier planning is an essential part of life.
And the same logic can be applied to teams attending our unique team building activities. Those teams which devise a plan for the activity, and stick to it, and even revise it where necessary, tend to do better then those that don’t. The reason being everyone knows what it is their team is trying to achieve and how they are going to do it. They are also trying to utilise all the different skill sets and strengths within their teams.
Now there’s some food for thought …