Do you want to build a plan for your business that you can actually stick to AND gets you huge results? When I discovered 90 day planning my business and life changed and today I'm sharing how.
So you love your business, you're incredibly passionate about making it a success but you find yourself flitting from task to task like a chicken with it's head cut off?
It takes one to know one! Let's just say I'm a creative not a systems geek and it's been a journey to get myself to a place where:
- I feel like I can actually stick to the plan I make for my business
- I know how to create that plan
- The plan actually gets me real results
Because I'm a creative my biggest problem in life has been shiny new object syndrome and hey, I'll admit sometimes when there's problem I'd rather work on something shiny and new than pull my head out of the sand and face it. No judgement here- remember?!!
The good news is, my journey has been long now and I've learnt a few hacks that I will gladly pass on to you to save you some pain.
How a 90 Day Plan Works
Well it's pretty obvious but in your 90 day plan you reduce your focus (and overwhelm) to just the next 90 days.
It's powerful because you can break down your year into quarters then into months and even weeks if you want to. Your planning becomes very specific, your tasks become very clear and the overwhelm of having to do everything at once is relieved.
My 90 Day Plan Process, Broken Down
Below, I'm setting out the exact process I go through (and that I walk our Members through quarterly) to actually get stuff done and feel good about life as I do it! Here goes:
Step 1: Reconnect
Before you start, remind yourself why you're spending your precious life time doing this in the first place. Fire up that engine and get excited! Ask yourself a few questions and reconnect with your passion:
- what is the mission of your business?
- what difference does your business make in peoples lives?
- what difference does your business make in your own life?
Step 2: Review
Think back over the year so far and reflect on what has worked. What products have sold well? What marketing activities have worked for you? Also and importantly- what were your goals for the year? What were your goals for the quarter? Did you have an income goal and how did you go towards reaching it? Moving forward one of the keys to success could simply be to focus more on what is working already for you, so this is an important step.
Step 3: Identify The Roadblocks
What didn't go well in your business this quarter? What are you doing or not doing that you feel might be holding you back? Brainstorm the roadblocks and highlight the biggest ones that you want to prioritise moving forward.
Step 4: Set Measurable Goals
Once you've identified the key things that are working in your business that you want to do MORE of, and the key things holding you back that you need to prioritise, it's time to set some measurable goals for you business.
I start with an income goal for the year, then break that down into quarters. Then I figure out how I'm going to make that money- what products and services I'm going to sell- and how many of them I need to sell to get to my goal.
Then I take a step back and think about what I'm doing that's working to help me achieve that goal. How am I bringing new customers in to my business? What marketing platforms are working for me right now? How am I nurturing my existing customers? What gaps are there in my my process and what is the easiest, fastest way to amplify my results?
I narrow it down to 2-3 IMPACT GOALS that I commit to prioritising over the next three months.
To help you prioritise here's a 90 Day Impact Goals Printable for you (just click to open):
Step 5: Break It Down
Usually when I go through the above I realise there are some key activities I need to work on to either bring new customers on board or improve my customer experience and then get more recommendations.
But I know as a solopreneur I can't try and do everything at once, so once I've identified the gaps I prioritise them and allow myself an entire month to work on each thing.
That might seem a long time but by the end of a twelve month period, instead of feeling like I've done a little bit of everything every month and not really made progress, I can look back and say "In the last 12 months I've spend a full month developing my audience building/ customer journey/ referral program etc etc" and I see real progress in every area I work on.
That's the key to reducing overwhelm but still working ON your business as well as IN your business which is the struggle so many of us face!
Once you've read this, I'd love to hear from you. Have you struggled with planning in the past and which strategies from above will you action now?
Please feel welcome to share because there is NO judgement here and I guarantee we're you're at right now is right where a LOT of others are too!
Your comments might just help another amazing women go further this quarter too so help a sister out and spread the love in our community.
And if you do- hey thank you SO much for giving back, it never goes unnoticed by our team.
With love and a reminder that your past does not determine your future- we all have incredible power to make progress and this is a great opportunity to develop your skills and grow your biz 💓 .