We sometimes like to develop complex plans as if their shear complexity somehow guarantees that we have spent the appropriate amount of time in planning to ensure success.
However the more complex the plan the more likely it is that something will go wrong. It becomes like a house of cards that crumbles at the slightest puff of wind.
Simplicity is the first foundation of a good plan. For example if our goal is to put away money for retirement, a new home, vacation or new car then the plan is simple. Spend less than we make and invest the difference.
The plan is measurable on a weekly, monthly and annual basis. If we are up to our eyebrows in debt then start by allocating a set amount per week; say $10 and pay that first, then your debts and live on the balance. This still maintains the plan as stated.
The plan stays simple no matter what level you take it to and the only thing that changes is how to implement it. Clear focus, persistence, periodic review, and adjusting to circumstances are the other foundations for successful completion of goals.
If we have a complex goal then break it down into simple manageable pieces and we will be able to monitor it and adjust it quickly as we will need to do.
Simplicity is the key.
What would you add to the list?