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10 Jul, 2012

Top Tips For Thinking Ahead – Ann Skidmore

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Top Tips For Thinking Ahead - Ann Skidmore

No one can see the future, yet we all must plan to be best prepared for the future. The decisions that we make aren’t based on seeing the future, but on our knowledge and past experiences. Here’s how you can get better at thinking ahead.

‘I wasted time, and now doth time waste me’ Shakespeare

1. Develop a sense of direction by identifying longer term goals and objectives in both personal and business life. Then pursue them energetically but with flexibility.

2. Formulate clear basic policies, and review them regularly. Clear policies save decision making time.

3. Know what your values are — these will dictate how you spend your time.

4. Set the work you are doing in strategic context.

5. Clarify middle — term goals and objectives. They should be specific and measurable, and have deadlines.

6. Plan thoroughly. Time spent planning is seldom wasted — it cuts the time needed for implementation.

7. Analyse past performance honestly. Identifying the reasons for failure or limited success will preclude the same mistakes being made again.

8. Be receptive to new ideas from which fresh opportunities may arise.

9. Stay flexible over the means of achieving objectives, and be prepared to change objectives should a better opportunity arise.

10. Get the most out of what you have chosen to do. Don’t waste time regretting the things you have chosen not to make the time for.

5 Responses to "Top Tips For Thinking Ahead – Ann Skidmore"

1 | Mark Tanner

July 11th, 2012 at 10:25 am


Thanks Ann,

I love the Shakespeare quote; one of my favourites. I like the point about policies. getting workable policies and procedures makes your business work so much more easily

2 | Geoff Hart

July 11th, 2012 at 11:53 am


Ann always makes some really useful points. her tip no 6 reminded me of the quote from Abe Lincoln
” If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree,
I’d spend 6 hours sharpening my axe”
Thanks Ann.

3 | Lynne

July 12th, 2012 at 11:18 am


Very informative post. I like the no. 8 We should always open and willing to try new ideas and suggestions.

4 | J

July 13th, 2012 at 1:43 pm


Thanks Ann, helped clarify my thoughts in a time of crisis!!

5 | Moira Monney

July 17th, 2012 at 10:29 am


Thanks Ann, what a great post. I will be working on no. 4 – especially with regards to some of the more mundane tasks. I’m sure I’ll be more motivated and get them done much quicker, if I can see them in strategic context.

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