The constant struggle to produce marketing campaigns and run your business makes it difficult to get everything done. Planning is the only true shortcut to running a business which will generate thousand of dollars for you. Once you have completed your planning, you’ll be better able to stay on task, monitor your results, and implement new ideas during the upcoming year. Without a planning calendar, it’s easy to get distracted by a great new idea and forget about the ideas you had already planned to implement.
Planning does not have to be a long, ugly process. Instead, here is a four-hour planning success template. Use a wall calendar, so it’s easy to see the entire year at a glance. In one afternoon, you can create your operations plan for a year. Set aside just four hours to work through this easy, step-by-step process, and you’ll have the shortcut to success.
When you get caught running your business on a daily basis, it’s easy to become focused on operational deadlines. Handling customer paperwork, monthly reports, employee meetings, and vendor telephone calls can dominate your time.
Once you acquire a customer, the most important thing you can do is to keep your promises. If your marketing told the customer you would deliver a product to solve a particular problem, you better deliver that product.
Take a few minutes to note any administrative improvements you want to make during the year. It’s easy to leave administrative priorities off of planning calendars and then take care of them as they become important to you.
Take a quick look at the list of successes and disappointments you created in the first phase of your planning. Are there any successes you need to include in your calendar for next year? Are there any disappointments from last year on your calendar you need to be remove?
Open your personal calendar and put all of the dates and work you mapped out on the wall into your personal calendar. If you are running your business in addition to a job or another business you operate, plan around the work you have to do for that company.
While it’s good to have your planning calendar up where you can see it, you may not want it on your wall all year long. If not, set aside an hour or two each month to pull out your calendar and see if you are on track with the shortcut you laid out at the beginning of the year.