Vision and planning equal desired results.
Is your brain tired? With so much coming at you every day, it’s no wonder when the clock strikes 5 pm, you crash! It’s even worse right now with everyone at home. You are bombarded with too many questions every day! All starting with “What’s for breakfast?” Followed by “Time to go grocery shopping! What do we need? Do we get it delivered?” Just when those items are taken care of and you’re about to walk out the door, you’re hit with “Do I need a facemask?” That’s a lot of decision making for the start of the day. This doesn’t even include your daily ambush of business questions either, which could look a little like this:
- What should I work on today?
- Which marketing strategy will work? And how long before it’s successful or not?
- What are other ways I can serve my community?
Ok, you get the picture. You’re probably thinking, “If I had more time, decision making would be easier.” The truth is, you don’t need more time! You just need a well-documented plan.
Here’s what’s eating away at your time:
1- Rethinking through the steps every time you start
2- Redeciding on the options
3- Doing things that take you on a path that doesn’t lead to where you want to go. This one can be costly!
This all leads to overwhelm, procrastination, diminishing profit margins, and even shut down of your business. The solution to the question onslaught and time-wasters is to plan.Planning takes away decision fatigue by predetermining what to do and when, so you can just go!Say goodbye to thinking every hour, minute, or second of every day through.
Here’s how to plan:
✔️ Annual – Set the vision – set aside a day to do this each year.
✔️ Quarterly – Set milestones – set aside 2-3 hours every 3 months to do this.
✔️ Monthly – Organize and update project and client plans – set aside 1-2 hours a month to do this.
✔️ Weekly – Set the tasks for the week into a manageable daily plan to discover – set aside 30-60 minutes to do this each week.
✔️ Daily – Set your hours to get your 1-3 priorities done – set aside 10-30 minutes each day… either at the beginning or at the end of the day.
The more you incorporate these planning steps into your routine, the quicker you will get at them. This is all due to an annually defined vision. A defined vision gives you a destination … and what that means is your options about what to do and when will be more obvious. And the real value is you will gain clarity and certainty.
Drive it home
Think of your business as a car. Your vision is the designation and planning is a GPS. When you settle into your car and put in your address to your GPS, you have three options:
- A) The fastest way
- B) The shortest route
- C) And a way that avoids tolls and highways
The GPS illuminates the paths because it knows where you want to go. This is what planning does for your business. And that’s the clarity you crave, isn’t it?
I know this sounds dire or may be exaggerated, but I was in that place a few short years ago in a previous business. It was terrible, and I don’t want that for you. Especially because this is easily fixable.
Hire a business coach, strategist or project manager to help you plan. Don’t try to do this on your own! By having someone else, outside of your business, and your life, look at it all with you, they will see alternative options and places where there could be issues that you can’t see because you’re so close to it. Remember, vision + planning = desired results.
If you’re ready to achieve your desired results, contact me for a free discovery call! This is the first step to creating a roadmap for your business’s success. Want to learn more about me? Take a look here.