How do you plan your business year the smart way?
You do not need the beginning of the year to decide that this year will be your best year ever.
The problem with good intentions on 1 January is that we hardly stick to it.
If we have one already, those intentions.
We have great plans. And there is little to nothing that gets realized.
One of the reasons is: 1 year is long, way too long. And we tend to overestimate the things that we can achieve in 1 year (and underestimate the things we can achieve in 10 years)
And yet we have to plan. Even though some of us (me) don’t like this.
However, I have learned that you cannot be successful and cannot lead a stress-free life if you do not plan. Especially in terms of business. It is a must.
And to be honest, I do not want to live like a stressed-out chicken who has panic attacks at night and is a zombie during the day: -o
So planning, it is.
I did my homework and did some searching.
I searched for the best and most fun ways to plan.
And I have found a way that I will share with you – my 7-step plan 🙂
It’s a combination of ideas that I got from books like http://www.the1thing.com/ and http://gettingthingsdone.com/ and https://12weekyear.com/ and a lot of courses that I’ve attended on the topic of time & priority management.
Is it the only sacred way to plan?
But it helps me and maybe you too.
Here is my 7-step plan
- Identify your mission, your why
It is important that your company vision fits your personal vision. It seems obvious, but we tend to forget it when we look at our business plans.
The point is that you have to put your long-term vision on paper. Think about who you would like to be in ten years, what will you have realized? Even if you have no idea how you will get there.
If you ask in the beginning: “how?” you will probably kill your mission. So forget about the HOW for now.
- 1-year plan
Only after you have written your ten-year mission, should you ask yourself “How can I achieve this?” Then, based on your ten-year mission, think about where you want to be in 1 year and write it down on paper.
- 12-week year
Next, identify your 12-week goals – what should you do the coming 12 weeks to achieve your annual goals? The authors of the book “the 12 week year” say that you have to treat every quarter or 12 weeks as a full business year. After those 12 weeks you celebrate or have a holiday, and then you start fresh with a new “year”.
In this way, you create a sense of urgency because your “annual” goals must be achieved within 12 weeks. So no time to waste. You cannot say “oh, we have a lot of time left”. No, you only have 12 weeks. So hurry up!
- Weekly planner
Each quarter consists of approximately 12 weeks – record your 3 main weekly goals and tasks and priorities. That is your weekly power action list. Use my free downloadable weekly planner for this.
- Daily power actions
And every weekday, at the beginning of your day, you identify your power actions of the day. What are you going to do today that will lead you to your overall goals? Schedule this on your agenda. Daily!
- Quarterly wrap-up
At the end of each “12-week-year” or quarter, review a quarterly overview and study your business progress, your focus, your personal development and do not forget your personal goals in your private life.
- Year-end wrap-up
Make sure you have a business wrap-up at the end of the year. Think back to the business year, your progress, your sales, your achievements, your challenges, your breakthroughs …
Voilà! It’s that simple.
I discovered a great tool to help you with the planning: The Daily Greatness Business Planner from www.lyndellepalmerclarke.com You can find it at www.dailygreatness.co
You can, of course, download my own weekly planner here for free. It is a fillable pdf, so you do not have to print the document. You can find it here: http://www.greetbunnens.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/weekly-to-do-GREET-fillable.pdf
Good luck !!
Your turn – what’s your secret planning tool?