Why Planning Is Essential to Your Success and How to Do It

just starting out Apr 10, 2019

Are you like most entrepreneurs and you're very driven? That's how I am--I think of an idea and I move to immediately execute it.

But did you know that could be the biggest thing holding you back? Let me explain...

When you just go into "doing" mode without a plan, things crop up--mistakes, extra time spent doing things that wear you out before you finish, doing menial tasks that are not in your zone of excellence (because you think you can do it faster to better than someone else), and you haven't yet built the end product in mind.

Here's the deal: when you think of an amazing idea, by all means--write it down! Then start making an outline of it. This is your plan.

-What does the finished product look like, down to every detail?
-What are the steps that need to be accomplished in order to get there?
-What order of tasks makes the most sense for getting this project completed?
-What parts of the project can you hand off to someone else, automate, or get rid of altogether?
-What is the minimum amount of action that needs to be taken to get this product/project completed?

Once you have all that figured out, assign yourself (and your team) due dates. Give yourself some wiggle room---no need to make it stressful!

Plug these steps and dates into some sort of project planning tool (Trello, Monday, even a Google sheet!) and track the progress. Each time you mark a part of this project off as completed, your brain will feel a sense of accomplishment and be even more motivated to finish.

You wouldn't just start building a house by going to Home Depot and buying a bunch of wood and nails, right? You'd have a blueprint drawn up first, a timeline, hire the right crew, etc. So why are you trying to run your business without a plan? If you don't know what the finished product looks like how will you know when it's done?

And it's not just project planning--do you plan out your day, your week, your quarter, your year, your next 10 years? If you aren't doing this, you aren't growing your business. You might have some resistance to that and think, "well I'm just going to get more and more clients and grow it". But what will you need to change in your business and when will you need to change it to support more clients? How many is more? 100? 200? Do you plan on opening more locations on day? Hiring more practitioners? All of this has to be defined and planned out.

And creating a plan doesn't mean it's set in stone. As your vision changes, you go back and make changes to your plan. 

The last thing I will mention here is lifestyle planning. You might be fine with the hustle now, but ultimately you need to decided how many hours a week you want to work in the long term. When do you want to take time off? If you don't plan to take time off, before you know it you're halfway through the year and you haven't taken a vacation and now you don't feel like you can take time off. Don't make this mistake--plan for it NOW.

I'd love to hear any tips you have around planning and what's worked for you. Head over to my post on Instagram and share in the comments there--I'd love to hear from you!


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