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Have you started to plan for 2010 yet?

October 29th, 2009

Have you started to work on your business plan or even your personal life plan for 2010 yet?

A reply may be but it’s the November, isn’t it a bit soon to start planning for 2010 – I need to get through Christmas first! If hat’s he case when will you start to plan for 2010? New Years Eve resolution don’t work so forget about them – what about over the Christmas break (assuming you get one) or maybe January when you feel you are relaxed and refreshed.

Well as most of my clients know the answer is ‘it depends’ meaning there is no right answer, but if you want to hit the year running I believe you need to consider it earlier than later.

Let’s look at the options:

  • New Year’s eve – not really an option and if you are leaving the planning of your life to a few minutes after midnight you’re short changing yourself
  • Christmas break – not a bad option but will you have the discipline to sit down for at least a few hours and work though your plan in a structured way, or will the lure of the beach be too much? I think that your Christmas break is that – a break – so why not treat yourself to that. Of course if you’re working through that period you may not get the chance anyway
  • January – once you’re back in the swing of thing? Maybe, but again once the year starts, ‘life’ seems to takeover and your planning may not get the attention it deserves. Let’s say it then gets pushed off to February and you finally fit it in and the plan is in place by March – how would that be?

Well a quarter of the year is almost done at that stage – what is the cost to you by not having a plan for the first 3 months of the year – what sales have you lost, customers that you haven’t converted or deals that you’ve missed out on?

  • November to me is the best time to plan. You aren’t yet distracted by the Christmas rush and once the planning is done you’ll be able to enjoy the Christmas period knowing that you will hit 2010 with all the ‘thinking’ done which will allow you to focus on the ‘implementation’.

So what should your plan consist of? In planning for the next 12 months you need to ask yourself some questions:

  • Is your plan for the next 12 months going to move you closer to your 5+ year vision
  • What are one or two the ‘breakthrough goals’ that will make the biggest difference to you in the next 12 months?
  • Why are these goals important to you?
  • What are the consequences if you don’t achieve them?
  • How will you feel when you do achieve them?
  • How will you measure your progress in achieving your goal and how will you know when you’ve accomplished it?
  • When will your goals be completed by and what review process will you have through the year?
  • How do these goals for the next 12 months fit into your 90 day plans? How does that fit into regular daily/weekly activity?
  • Who will hold you accountable?

The power of having a well thought out and clear plan to follow will give you outstanding results. It will make sure you stay on track and by reviewing your progress will allow you to measure activity and correct your direction if you need to.

The next 12 months of your life are too valuable to allow chance to dictate what happens. Take control and be proactive rather than reactive. Some people have no idea what happens to them, others see things happen and wonder why and others make it happen. Which person do you want to be?

If you’d like some assistance with your planning for 2010 so you hit the year running, contact PlanA Consulting. We’re able to work with you on a one on one basis, or will work with you and your team to help you get the most out of 2010.

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