Planning is a very critical skill. There is a myth that long range planning is applicable to organizations only. Whether it is an individual, a society or an organization, planning is an essential part of development. By failing to plan, you are only planning to fail! The longer you plan the shorter time you will require to execute the work.
You can draw a parallel from a golf player. If you observe him you will notice that so much thinking takes place before executing a shot.
Plan your year and have at least one high pay off task for each year. After planning for a year, decide how you should spend the next six months. Once you are clear about the next six months plan, you will become clear as to what your next week’s priorities should be. This process will bring clarity into your daily activities and you will become much focused.