Have you ever noticed firefighters before they run into a burning building? Even though they know that there are people in the building who need to be rescued and every second counts, they do not rush blindly into a situation they know nothing about. They spend several minutes preparing for whatever might await them on the other side of the wall. They have a huddle, they discuss what kind of materials the building is made of, they talk about who might still be in the building, etc. They are making a plan for their entry into the building.
Someone who might be looking upon this might be a little flustered at all the time that is being wasted by them. You might be urging them to go into the building as soon as possible. You might call them names, because you are afraid they are going to cause the persons inside to be hurt. But this kind of planning is important not only for the safety of the people inside, but more importantly it is important for the safety of the firefighters. It ensures that they don’t lose any firefighters in the process of saving lives.
This kind of thinking can also be applied to everything we do in our lives that does or doesn’t require immediate assistance. If you are working on putting out a figurative fire in your life, or just working on your daily to-do list, you should think about the plan for your work before launching into it. Even if you just take two minutes to think through the different possibilities and how you are going to tackle the task before you, it will give you a head-start on whatever you are working on.
Way too often, while we are working on something, we go into it without really thinking about it. This results in having to think about the myriad possibilities while you are doing the work. Which doesn’t seem to be a very good use of time or energy. This ensures that you will work on the task without having to go back to it again, as you have taken care of every single detail that could have come up in the first instance of the work.