Revv it up, Part 5: Your ACTION Plan
Over the last several weeks we’ve been breaking down the 5 (simple) steps to plan for your best year in business. If you’re just joining us, take a look at what we’ve covered so far:
Week 1: A year in review
Week 2: Bigger thinking = better results
Week 3: Ready, Set, Goals
Week 4: Money Talks
And Now…[Drumroll] it’s time to put this all together and create your ACTION Plan.
With a plan, you know what to do when you get to work every day. Without a plan, you spend all day sharing funny pictures of dogs on Facebook. You can call that “relationship building” – I call that wasting your time. And makin’ it rain with imaginary cash.
Your Action Plan
List out your BIG Picture Goals – you may find it useful to use something visual, like the chart below. If so, set up a different chart for each major goal. [Example: Launch a book]
List out the Milestone goals for each BIG goal (need a refresher? Read about Goal Setting). It may help clarify even further if you plan these by quarter.
List out the detailed tasks to accomplish your Milestones.
How will you accomplish your goal? Do you need money? Manpower? Workspace? Graphic design?
Write down all the elements that need to come together. This includes assigning tasks to yourself or others.
Set a date to accomplish each action step (This is why it’s sometimes helpful to set Milestones by quarter)
That’s your ACTION plan in a nutshell.
Finally, determine a regular time and place where you’ll commit to working on your plan.
Did you find this series useful? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.