They agree planning is important but are so busy working IN their business that they never get around to working ON their business! Sound familiar?
So what can you do about it?
Don’t make excuses. We can all make excuses why we haven’t got time to plan but that is all they are – excuses. “I haven’t got the time” simply translates into “it is not important enough for me.”
Take time out of your business every 90 days to plan (ideally with other like-minded business owners). Book it into your diary and set it in stone. Turn off your phone and shut down your email!
Write a list of all the things that you need to improve and all the things that you know you should be doing but don’t!
Prioritise the top 3 goals that you will work on over the next 90 day. Be realistic about what you can achieve and leave the rest for the next quarter.
Turn your goals into SMART goals: make them Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed. Break them down into bite sized chunks delegate who does what by when. Plan what you will do month 1, 2 and 3.
Take 30 minutes at the end of the week to plan the following week. Incorporate your top 10 goals into your working week.
Take 5 minutes at the end of each day to write your “to do” list for the next day.
Find someone to hold you accountable. Now comes the most important part – make sure that you actually work your plan!
Keep your goals foremost in your mind. Read them once a day. The fact that you have written them down will make you 10 times more likely to achieve them! Stick them on your office wall, keep a copy in your diary and your car and visualise yourself achieving them! Think “how can I?” rather than “I can’t.”
PS As always, if you need help with this either pop along to one of our online Mastermind sessions or contact me for a 121.
Business Coach, author, speaker, social entrepreneur and chief pot and bottle washer