How I plan my upcoming year in advance

Over the years, I have been on an enormous number of committees, executives, and councils. Like all volunteer organizations, the drive and capacity of these groups depends on the effectiveness of the people willing to step up and get the job done. Overwhelmingly though, I saw one thing that made these groups effective - or frustratingly ineffective. In every single case, it was the absence or the presence of an annual plan that made all the difference.