Why are rules considered to be plans?

Rules refer to standard or specific statements that inform about what is to be done. 'Rules' are considered to be 'Plans' because both are very similar in nature. Rules are considered to be simplest of plans. Planning aims at thinking and deciding about the futuristic course of action. Similarly, rules are statements that help in deciding if an action is to be taken or not. However, rules are rigid in nature and are to be followed as it is unless a change is stated. Non-compliance of the rules leads to disciplinary actions by the organisation. For example, an organisation may have rules regarding the punch-in timings of the employees and every employee of the organisation must follow this rules. Rules act as a guide for general behaviour of the employees in the organisation. 

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