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We’re well into the new year.  The dust from the holidays is finally settling and things are back to normal.  How much have you accomplished so far?  Have you taken steps toward the things you said you wanted to do this year?  Maybe you’ve already reached a goal that you set, which is great!  You might be stuck because you don’t have  a plan yet.  It might be time to take a moment to retreat and create your plan for accomplishing the things that you’ve said you want to do this year.  Take a moment to share where you are right now by taking this quick, anonymous poll.

Once you have your bearings for the remaining months of this year, you can begin to look forward and plan for next year.  It’s important to start thinking and planning your upcoming year before the holiday season begins.  If you don’t start planning before hand, then start after the hustle and bustle of the season.  It will make the process a lot easier for you.  You will have more clarity and be able to be realistic about what you can accomplish.

Create a list of the things you want to accomplish next year.  This may include some of the things that you wanted to accomplish this year, but know that realistically, you can’t get them done before the end of the year.  Don’t be vague; make your list specific and clear.  For example, if you want to increase your client base or sales, be clear and state how many new clients you want or the dollar amount or percentage of new sales.  Again, take you time with this process and be realistic.

Did you know that for every 1 minute of planning that you do you save yourself 4 precious minutes of your time?  It’s true!  Think about that for a minute then ask yourself how much time are you losing each day because of a lack of planning.  Daily planning helps you to focus on what is important and weed out the not so important things so that your day can be more productive.

Have you planned your way through this year or have you just been winging it; flying by the seat of your pants.  We’ve all heard the saying, “if you fail to plan you plan to fail”, and it’s true.  If you’re not consciously planning what you’re doing, how do you know that you’re going to get where you want to?  Of course, you can’t get where you want to go without a clear picture and the plans followed by the action to make it all happen.   If you didn’t plan your way through this year, it’s time to take some action and start planning for next year.

Before you begin to look at what you’d like to do next year, take inventory to see what you’ve accomplished this year and if you’re where you planned to be at this point of the year.  Look at the list of things you wanted to accomplish during the course of this year and in these final months.  What’s left to do?  Do you have time to get those things done before year’s end?  If not, choose one that’s most important to you and get it done during the home stretch.  Move the other items to your January calendar.  If you’ve been winging it, there’s probably quite a few things that you haven’t finished and might not be able to before the end of the year.  Be reasonable about what you can finish before the end of the year.  Don’t rush this process; take your time.  Once that’s done you can begin to think about what’s on the agenda for next year.  I’ll share more in my next post.

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