So how far ahead should you plan? How do you know if you have made a good decision?
How much detail should you put into your plan?
Some people say they don’t have a plan and they don’t need a plan.
If that is working for you then all I can say is keep doing it.
For many the thrill of not knowing what is coming and taking risks is part of who they are. If your business is growing and you are spending the amount of time you want with family and loved ones then why would change?
For those that are operating without a plan and are now left with that horrible feeling at the pit of your stomach because either the numbers don’t add up or you just feel so guilty because you know you are neglecting the people and things that really matter to you then please read on.
For me when I am like this it is like I am driving quite fast, probably too fast on the motorway and suddenly a down pour of rain blurs your visibility. Even though you know you are on the right road you are no longer enjoying the journey. You have lost sight of where you are heading and it no longer has that same satisfaction you use to have when you knew 100% where you were heading and you knew they way ahead was clear and you felt safe in the knowledge you have the skills to navigate this patch of weather.
What is happening for you right now?
What would you like to have happen?
For me I like to know where I am heading, I like to know where the breaks or pit stops are going to be along the way and I like to know how long the journey will take.
But like a car journey each and everyone of us will be able to keep going for different lengths of times and each one of us will have pit stops at different intervals.
Business planning is the same, some coaches will insist you create a 5 year plan or even a 10 year plan. I often hear business coaches say you must plan for 5 years or 3 years or 90 days etc. The truth is that for some people these time scales work but for many who are new to creating the planning habit I suggest you check in with yourself first and decide what kind of time frame would work for you right now.
Don’t worry about what works for other people you will learn how to plan at your best with a time frame that works for you and then you can transfer that skill to the different time frames later
Consider this question:
If your business and/or family life were just the way you would like it to be it would be like what?
Take time to really explore your response. Write down as much detail as you can. You might find you are drawn to certain words or phrases that stand out to you. If this is the case you can insert them into the questions below:
- What kind of….is that….?
- Is there anything else about…?
- Does ………have a shape or size?
- Where is ……?
- Whereabouts is……………?
Now you have more clarity about what you would like to have happen, now consider if you were to start a plan today to make that happen what time period would that plan be for?
Trust yourself. Check in and notice what works for you.
Last month at the Planning and personnel development retreat called Do delegate or Ditch we had one client working on an 18 month plan, another on a 4 months and another 30 days.
Why do we do that?
The truth is our clients have access to other information that as a coach I could never have known about. Besides if I impose a time period often they spend more time being uncomfortable with the time that they end up achieving no planning.
By checking in with yourself you can find your own unique way to plan.
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