Whether you’re working solo or collaborating with a group, here are 5 effective strategies for planning your business strategy for 2014:
1. First, clear your mind.
Before tackling your business plan for 2014, create a list of all you want to accomplish this year in your professional and personal life. This so called “brain dump” will let you clear your head so that you can focus on creating your execution strategy.
2. Picture where you want to be.
Imagine yourself at the end of 2014. Where do you want to be in your business, relationships, health, and other aspects of your life? It’s impossible to build only one aspect of your life. Determine goals for your personal life and business, and then limit it to your top three.
3. Make short-term goals.
Break down your three, year-end goals into mini-goals that are defined by month or quarter. This will help you measure your progress and enable you to create the required tasks needed to achieve them.
4. Set up daily tasks.
Divide your monthly or quarterly goals into a to-do list for each day. Large goals such as, “I want to increase sales 20% this year” can feel overwhelming. Instead, your plan should be broken down into a daily task list that you can wake up to. “I know if I make these calls and send this email today, I’m on track to improve by 20% this year.”
5. Create visual goals.
Either on your own or with some help create vibrant posters, project sheets, and pictures of your goals in action. These visual tools will give clarity to your plan and instill images that will remain with you. As reminders, they will help keep you on track and serve as good references for where you need to go.
With the new year upon us, take the time necessary to lay out a clear plan for 2014. Prioritize your time and efforts on tasks that bring you closer to your goals, and outsource the rest if you can. Stay focused, and you will be sure to accomplish all you set out to this year.
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