As you can imagine, I am a huge proponent of the power of business planning. Not only do I see its impact in the businesses of my clients, I experience it personally every day as I take steps to grow my three (yep three) businesses. But the problem is most people HATE creating business plans. I get it! It’s not at the top of my list either.
SO while today I’m not going to dive into the “big kahuna” planning (that one year plan that details the goals, benchmarks and projects that you KNOW you truly need). Instead, I’ll share a tool for smaller scale planning for those important projects that will get you to your goal.
For clients in my 6 month Business Mastery Coaching Program, planning has become a natural and simple way of life. That’s because we make it simple by using a tool that walks you step by step through the process. I’ll share it here just to give you a tiny taste of what’s waiting for you when you join the Business Mastery Community.
First, pick a project you’ve been meaning to make progress on – that project on your massive “To-Do” list that’s been screaming for your attention and has lots of “moving parts.” These are likely larger projects that when distilled to a list of action steps, is much easier to take on.
Then, set a timer for 15 minutes (no distractions or interruption please) and get your “Strategic Planning Groove” on by walking through these six steps to defining your plan of action on any project or intention…
1. Project Title – Give the project a name that you can get behind
2. Goal – Define a specific, measure able outcome that you can work toward
3. Time Frame – Define by when you want to have this accomplished
4. Objectives – Clarify benchmarks (small steps) that need to be met on the way to the bigger goal
5. Action Steps – Detail the small steps you need to take to hit the benchmarks and make the goal a reality
6. Support – Surround yourself with the people and resources that will help make this happen
Keep in mind, though, a project action plan is always a work in progress. It is not something you can write down, place in your desk and then forget about it. Keep it visible – display it prominently on your desk or computer. As your business changes and grows, you will want to revise it to fit your ever changing needs.
Remember, behind every great accomplishment is some element of a plan. Whether unconscious or deliberate, there needs to be, in some fashion, a step-by-step process to achieve your goal.
If you are looking to access your “Strategic Planning Genius” be sure to checkout my Entrepreneurial Edge video series. It reveals how to tap into the “Seven Entrepreneurial Power Centers” that reside within you. Go here: www.janedeuber.com/edge. You’ll love it!