So we are in the month of January ... last year has either gone by quickly or slowly for you?
Whatever you had planned at the beginning of 2020, all changed when we were introduced to lockdown right...
SO it was a really funny time for me and for many, I know that I had to adapt pretty quickly being an entrpreneur and home worker.
For many, who had never worked from home on such a prolonged basis before, they found themselves struggling with time management, soom meetings, routine and more.
Then for those furloughed and made redundant they struggled with finding another job or secondary income.
For many entrpreneurs it was a dream come true, more and more people were working form home, so your day did not have to start at 5pm or 6 or 7pm. Many of us found ourselves doing more Zoom meetings, developing online courses, and learning new skills so that we could maximise our income potential on top of our already sucessful online marketing business.
I could not have scaled up my business or done any of this without planning.
The fact is, when you look at successful people, you will almost always discover a plan behind their success. They know what they want, they work out a plan that will get them where they want to go, and they work their plan. It is the foundation for their success.
I want the rest of this year and 2021 to be a success for you—it's thrown off a lot of peoples plans I am sure, but you if you didn't have a plan, now is the time to begin one, if you want to go to a place you have never been before we know that means you need to have a plan, and then methodically work that plan. SO here are some of my pointers which I hope help you to develop a plan you can work with, and help you have a better 2021.
There are different types of plans, ones that are highly detailed, to the nth degree, and ones which are loosely based, but has enough information to give you an idea on what it is you have in mind. Listen, both of these types are fine, it has to suite you. If you are not into the finer detail, then thats cool. As long as you have the vision of what you are trying to achieve, this is the most important aspect. There is no one plan fits all, but base your plan around your strengths and weaknesses in order for you to be successful.
Once you have your plan in place you need to find time to work on it. How many hours a week or a day do you feel you need to ensure your plan is actioned on? It is no use putting a plan in place and having no time to work on it. That is a recipe for failure right there. You may need to develop small steps or disiplines to work on the plan on a daily basis, no matter what time it takes or when, look at slotting this in your day and it is non-negotiable.
Keeping track of whether you are on plan, on focus and on track is key. The best way I found to do this is to journal daily. Write down you wins, your failures and your takeaways for the day, reflection is a great way to improve upon failure and leads to success 100% of the time. Record your dreams and your ambitions. Your journals are a gathering place for all the valuable information that you will find. If you come across something that inspires or is important to you write it down in your journal.
No Man or woman is an island, and should never attempt to work their plan alone. Share your plans with others, it is good to get someone who can be your soundboard, someon who you can bounce your ideas off, get your strucutre right.
Collaboration brings so many rewards, accountability, shared burdens, great ideas and more.
Looking back on your day, your week, your month, your year can be a great leveller, especially if you feel you have not done much for the day, week, month or year. You will see progress or not, if you reflect and if you write down. If you do not keep a Journal you will easily forget the little wins along the way the little failures that are lessons we learn at the time, but if not written down, you may lose the lesson and repeat the failure until the lesson is learned.
An old mentor I look up to, Jim Rohn says - What separates the successful from the unsuccessful so many times is that the successful simply do it. They take action. They aren’t necessarily smarter than others; they just work the plan.Jim Rohn
Setting Goals is part of the planning process, the main reason we make plans IS because we have GOALS.
The last step in this process is to stop all the planning already. Book the flight. Buy the ring. Host the first meeting in your living room. Whatever it is, stop hovering 10 feet above your dream. You’re going to need to pitch forward a little bit more and get your wheels on the ground.
As you do this, don’t aim for perfection; look for proof that your ambition is taking shape in the world. Don’t think it will all go smoothly. Be ready for the jolt when you touch down. Block out all the reasons this could go wrong or why you shouldn’t try. Your ambition is worth it. All of it. It is worth everything you can throw at it. It’s worth every sacrifice you’ll make to turn your idea to reality.
Somewhere out there, someone is praying that you’ll put down your pen and spring into action. Stop talking about what you want to do some day. Get started. Don’t wait for the right day, a full moon, or a fairy to land on your nose. Make up an eighth day of the week if you need to.
Call it “Startoday.”