I know spring is not here yet but it really is just around the corner so now is a good time to start planning your garden. This leads me to a lesson business owners can learn from gardeners.
You have decided to grow tomatoes this year. You can just imagine the joy of picking a fresh tomato from your very own garden whenever you need one. So off to the garden centre you go to buy a box of tiny tomato plants. As soon as you arrive home you plant the little plants 2 to 3 inches apart.
STOP! says the experienced gardener. Don’t plant them so close together because when they grow they will become entangled with each other. They will overwhelm each other and very soon die before producing any fruit.
Similarly, when we develop plans we tend to plant too many activities too close together. The inevitable happens; the workload is overwhelming and nothing gets done. New ventures are so exciting we want to get them done as soon as possible and so we cram all the activities too close together.
Next time you have to create a plan make sure you spread the activities across a reasonable time frame, based on other workload and the number of people involved. In that way you can avoid the Tomato Planting Problem.
Happy planning, happy gardening!
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