The last week of the year is often slower for people at work, it is a great time to PLAN!
- VISION. If you think of yourself at this time next year. What would you like to have done? What would you like to be different? What is most important that you accomplish this year?
- GOALS. Take those answers and formulate them into 2 SMART goals. Write your goal as if it were accomplished. Be specific (with numbers) about what you will do, make sure it will challenge you yet be realistic, have a completion date. Write this goal daily. (Really! if you do this your goal is more likely to happen – try and prove me wrong!)
- PLAN. From your MAIN goal, break it down into 3-4 sub goals. This will give you milestones to shoot for that are not as overwhelming and hold a sharper focus. Make sure to put reminders at the sub goal check-in times (set in Outlook, a reminder software or send yourself an e-card with the date set accordingly.)
Check our web for more details and templates to write your business plan, a 1–year or 5-year plan.
Strategic Planning Coach
Access these 7 suggestions for business success. Maybe even rate yourself 0-5 in each area. What did you do well in 2015 that supported these tips? What do you want to do different or continue in 2016 that supports these points?
From the article by Mike Schiemer of My Frugal Business, Seven Simple Suggestions for Success in Business, here are a few questions to help you access, reflect and plan:
- Work Smarter Not Harder
2015: how did you work smarter? What did you do to save yourself time and energy this past year?
2016: where do you need to work smarter? Where are you spinning your wheels or duplicating things that could be streamlined?
- Be the Best at What You Do
2015: What are you the best at? What do people come to you for?
2016: Where do you want/need to hone or deepen you skills, experience or competency?
- Work Hard and be Persistent
2015: what did you really WORK on this past year?
2016: where do you want to focus and accelerate in 2016? What do you need to be consistent with?
- Look for New Opportunities
2015: What new opportunities did you learn about, see and take action on?
2016: What is on the horizon… where are you going to network, explore and mine for new opportunities?
- STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE
2015: What did you add, learn or implement that is new? What was innovative that you are doing?
2016: What is old and outdated that you are working with yet? Where are others updated while you stay on “older” systems?
- Find your Niche and Build your Brand
2015: What is your niche? What do people know you for? What do they think you do and provide? Is that accurate?
2016: What do you WANT your reputation to be? Test your market and ask them what they think you do. Listen and consider messages and marketing refinements for the next year.
- Get the job done. No excuses.
2015: Where did you make excuses? What kept getting in your way?
2016: What do you need to change to make it happen this year?
As I write this I hear some “wise elder” people commenting about “bigger and faster” is not always better. I agree. This is true. It reminds me of the story of the Mexican Fisherman. The same place this familiar story is told, the author wrote 10 lessons from the story. These are worth soaking in and remembering. As with much in life BALANCE is important.
As leaders who seek to make a difference in the world, impact businesses, families and people – it is both worthy to plan for our performance and also balance it with simplicity.
Have fun reflecting and planning!
BEFORE YOU GO. What do you need to cover while you are gone?
- Set up an out of office notice (email).
- Stop mail.
- Make a list of all the projects on your plate and prioritize them. Determine what you want to take with you (often best to take ONE project that you can reasonably do); pin up the rest of the list for when you return.
- Start your own personal packing list now, so when you pack you can follow the list and not "rethink" everything. See our web for sample packing lists, courtesy of www.cupofjules.com, to help with details.
- Forward your phones.
- Double check your security alarm, camera, and lighting system. Other security resources: A top 10 security checklist for home and office, Security Checklist for Leaving Home or Leaving Your Home Checklist.
WHEN YOU GET BACK.
- Block the day after you get back for getting caught up.
- Have 3 bins: NOW, this week and later (for magazines, etc.).
- Write your voice messages each on a sheet and put them in the appropriate bin. Do the same with your mail. Mirror the system for e-mails.
- Adopt the "touch it once" policy and put it in one of the bins or trash it. Sort quickly and then only deal with the NOW bin before you move on to anything else.
- Unpack, laundry… do it all so you don’t look at it a week later as you feel more and more behind.
Strategic Planning Coach
Here are 5 simple steps to create greater success by managing our time and getting things done in business and life that are important.
We live in a busy world where our time, priorities and energy are constantly challenged so have a game plan to help….
- EVALUATE. What do I really want? Where am I headed? What am I doing now?
- GET REAL. What is really important that will impact and support your long term goals the best? What is not important? What is distracting me? What is not really supporting my long term goal?
- PLAN. What do I need to do to accomplish my goal? What are the KEY action steps? How will I do this? What schedule or strategy will keep me focused?
- FOCUS. Who do you need to be and what structures do you need to have to accomplish this (mindset, attitude, accountability)?
- MONITOR/EVALUATE. Am I doing little, unimportant things? Am I procrastinating? What is working/ what is not? How could I streamline what I am doing?
The key to the success of the idea is a plan. You know the saying, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Take your idea, write a SMART goal on paper and create a plan from start to finish on how you will accomplish your goal. Then, decide if you have the time, energy, resources and desire to bring it to completion. Next, estimate HOW LONG each task will actually take. It is common to underestimate how much time each step will take and therefore it never gets done. Remember, if you are going to add something to your schedule, you must also plan to say "No!" to something else to make time to accomplish your goal.
Goal setting and accomplishment is not rocket science. The challenge is to maintain the discipline, focus and clarity to implement these basic strategies. Evaluate your long term goal, be realistic, plan, set structures for focus and have check points to monitor. Invest your time in your plan and maintain the course once it is set. If you are serious about these goals, take action today. Insure your success by developing an accountability system for yourself. Hire a coach as your strategic partner to run with you. Find a buddy in a similar situation.
Whatever it is, build environments to support your vision. Take the time to plan and design structures for success and you will see a difference!
Here's to you and your success! Have fun!
As a coach, Christy Geiger works to maximize human effectiveness through clarity, focus and planning. In her coaching and training programs she educates, encourages and equips individuals with resources they need to use their talents and skills to make effective decisions, increase productivity and generate momentum to live with passion and exceed their goals. Visit www.synergystrategies.com to find more or request a free sample coaching session!