The process shown below is referred to as the Natural Planning Model by David Allen in his book Getting Things Done. His contention is that this process is one that happens naturally in our minds for simple things like planning a dinner date. However, quantifying the steps in this planning process can be extremely helpful no matter the scale or scope of the commitment we are about to undertake. Whether we are planning an anniversary dinner with our significant other or planning the merger of two multi-million dollar companies, the steps shown below can be key to help you assure a successful outcome.
In my experience, many people get lost and overwhelmed in trying to "Get Organized" and manage a project simply because no one ever asked two key questions.
Why are we doing this?
What does DONE look like?
Try using this outline for your next endeavor and see if you don't find the process less stressful and more successful.