“He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” – Proverb -
The 5 Ps of Success – Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
I have come across this little acronym several times throughout the course of my 13 years as a designer and I think it is a fantastic way to remember what is necessary to complete a design project successfully. I love simple, concise ways to break ideas down so that they are more easily shared with clients and colleagues. Here are the 5 Ps to keep in mind no matter what the task at hand is
PROPER: Regardless of what it is you are doing, there is a proper way to approach and execute the task. There are steps to follow and specific tools you will need in order to complete any project efficiently and skillfully. If you don’t know how to do something, for example install a ceramic backsplash, get as much information as you can from a reliable source so that you do not miss any important steps, use the wrong materials or attempt something outside of your skill set.
PLANNING: Thoughtful, detailed planning is so important when starting a project. Start by making lists that detail what you want to accomplish (scope of work), who will be involved (the design team and trades), and what will you need to make it all happen (the budget). Be specific and research each category so that very detail has been addressed and nothing has been overlooked.
PREVENTS: As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It is always a good idea to have a Plan B firmly in place so that you are ready to address issues as they arise, and they will! Establishing a backup plan will prevent costly delays that can occur during renovations.
POOR: If something is done poorly, why bother. Cutting corners to save money will result in poor workmanship and disappointing results. If you think hiring a professional is expensive, wait till you see how much an amateur costs!
PERFORMANCE: If you keep focused and stay actively involved with each phase of your project, every member of your team will work together to produce the best possible results.