Summer is a time where, for many, business isn’t top of mind. Many of us take vacation. Some business networking and marketing opportunities are on hiatus, and things move at a slower pace. As the end of summer nears and the kids head back to school, it’s a time to get back to serious business.
One way to insure you end the year completing what you want to accomplish, is to create a plan and follow it to the finish. A 90 Day Plan will keep you on track from September through December allowing you to finish the year.
How to Create Your 90 Day Plan
Start by defining what you want to accomplish in the next 90 days? You may want to do this for your personal and business life. Be specific.
I like whiteboards, but you use a Word document or draw, many people like post it notes. Sometimes I put post its on whiteboards because they can be moved around.
Reality Check the Time Frame
Now one thing we are going to need to do is look at the reality of the time frame. Can it actually be completed in the number of hours. As people, we tend to underestimate how long a task will take and overestimate how much time there is to complete it.
For example, between Sept 1 and December 31 there are 664 work hours available if you work five 8 hour days per week, don’t work Saturday and Sunday and take off Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Be real, you’re probably taking off more time during the holidays.
Let’s look at the actual time you can spend each day to do this. For example, if you own a business rarely do you spend all 8 hours of the day on your goal. Yes, I know you probably work more – but let’s plan for an 8 hour work day. After all, part of the goal is getting you to a regular work day.
What is the noise you know you’ll be dealing with during this time?
For example, I put on Thanksgiving for my family. This means that I really don’t work at all from the Saturday before through the Sunday after. I work a lot on shopping, cooking and setting the table, but barely check email for my business.
This takes away from the total hours available to work on the goal.
Break the goal down into the tasks.
- Sales needed
- Calls needed daily
- Weekly goals
- Daily requirements
Adjust for your schedule. For example, if you work 3 days a week, you’ll need to plan based on those three days not a 5 day week.
Even though you may be a person who extends their week to 6 or 7 days, I recommend keeping it to 5 or less. Don’t force yourself into weekend work.
Track Your Progress Weekly
Each week, track your progress toward the goal. This is a time to be very honest about what you accomplished toward the goal and where you fell short. When you fall short, identify the cause, if possible, then get back to work towards the goal.
Consider Hiring a Coach or Finding an Accountability Partner
For extra help keeping you on track, consider hiring a coach or working with an accountability partner. Each week, have a quick check in with your coach or partner to report on your progress. For many people, this can be the difference between success and failure.
How is this December 31 going to be different than last year? If you create and follow your plan, you’ll be on the path to finish this year strong and successful.
So what’s my 90 Day Plan?
Here are the things I have on my list now. It’s in progress, and I’ll be publishing it Sept 1. For those who want a sneak peek, sign up for the mailing list and I’ll send it to you in September.
My current list includes:
- Plan and deliver 6 live workshops.
- Deliver 8 webinars.
- Work with 10 coaching clients
Want to build your plan along with others?
Join me live August 29th from 10am – 2pm at Groundswell for a Lunch and Learn planning session. Space is limited.
In this 4 hour session, we’ll look at best practices for creating and executing a plan using proven Project Management Methodologies, then we’ll get our plans on paper ready to begin and track.
- Optional weekly accountability checkins with me.
- Monthly Motivational Messages and Lessons
- A Wrap-up Checkin Success and What’s Next Webinar in December
Your $49.00 investment includes lunch