If you haven’t been following a plan or outline of some kind for your business, now is a good time to create one to hit the ground running for the rest of 2010.
It doesn’t have to be complicated, in fact, the simpler it is, the easier it will be to follow and the more likely you will use it.
This is how I did mine.
1. I created a folder called ‘Big Picture Plan’.
2. I created a file called ’2010′.
3. I filled in the details on these major headings.
Here they are…
What do you want to focus on for the coming months. What will show the best results for your action. This will keep you from wasting time being sidetracked by minor projects and prevent you from letting the import ones slide.
What’s in it for you if you follow your plan?
What exactly do you want to do? Be detailed with this part, outlining exactly what you will be doing to fulfil your main focus.
Who can help? If you can’t do it all your self, do your best to find some suitable help. Even a small amount can really take the edge off and boost you to where you want to be. If possible, try to keep an eye out for people who have a genuine interest in your business and are strong in areas that you are not.
Exactly when will you start AND when will you end each project. Create your schedule as well. When will you work on what and when will you have help. Prioritize tasks and projects – create the order in which you will be working on them. Concentrate on the first items first, put the others to the side until it is their time. This will help you to unclutter your mind,giving you an extra energy boost.
How can you best use your work area? Where will you work? A little organization now can make a big difference in how much you are able to accomplish and also in your stress level and enjoyment ‘at work’.
How to Use It
When you’ve filled in the details, make a copy of the complete plan, and then make another one with only the details that you need right now. This will be your working copy.
Post it where you can see it. It may be helpful to insert it into a plastic sheet protector that you can write on with erasable market and/or post another blank piece of paper to keep important notes on so that you always have them in front of you.
Make it a habit to check your sheet in the morning before you start and in the evening when you are finished as well as when you are doing any scheduling or planning.
And always check it when you find yourself unfocused, lost or feeling scattered.
You will find it to be one of your best tools to keep you on track.
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