Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.
Proverbs 16:3 (NRSV)
An empty planning template can be a scary thing. All that white space. How should I know what’s going to work or not work during the next 12-14 months?
I like starting with the end in mind, which I think is the second habit of highly effective people (7 Habits). Start planning by visualizing the report you would like to give at the end of the planning period. It’s a year from now. You’re being interviewed. What would you like to say? After all, “Where there is no vision (of the end result), the people perish….” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV).
Planning is creating the roadmap for getting there, now that you’ve seen what “there” looks and sounds like.
Work backwards from the end, the goal. All the way back to the very next step.
Finally, commit your work to the Lord and tell others about your plan. Help them to see that same vision you started with. Repeat until everyone knows.