Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan!
I love the quote “A goal without a plan is just a wish” Yet I find many women in business don’t really have a plan. They may think they know what they want… but they really don’t have a method to get there. Mary Kay (and many other direct sales companies) year goes from July 1st through June 30th! Did you end up where you wanted to be? Either way… Happy New Year! It’s a fresh start, a clean slate, a crisp white page! What are you going to write in your next chapter? Where will you be this time next year? Now is a great time to evaluate, dream and most of all PLAN for success!
Reflect: Take some time to look back on the past year (or few months) in your business. What did you do that worked? What didn’t? If you had a goal poster or a goal list, pull it out and check off what you accomplished! Look back and remember the highs (and the lows) and reflect on what you learned!
Review: Take time to REALLY review your business plan, your business systems and your business budget. If you don’t have these NOW is the time to create them! These 3 pieces are critical to growing your business. All of these should be fairly detailed.
Re-set: What do you want in the next 90 days? Next 6 months? Where do you want to be this time next year? Take time to Dream BIG! Nothing is off limits! Make a new goal poster with dates! Give yourself deadlines. More importantly define your WHY… why are you working toward these goals? Make Daily, Monthly, quarterly and annual goals… Eat that elephant one bite at a time!
Revise: You’ve looked at what worked and what didn’t and reviewed your business plan and business budget. You’ve decided what you are working toward and why! Now revise your systems! Do more of what worked and revise what didn’t.
Re-evaluate: If you carry inventory now is a great time to do a re-count. You are required to do a physical inventory count at the end of the year for tax purposes, but now is also a good time to check in and make sure your physical count matches what your expectation is. If you have an inventory management program be sure your virtual shelf matches your physical shelf. Note what is moving quickly and what is a little dusty. Look for expired product and be sure you are rotating your product (1st in, 1st out). Next re-evaluate what you want to keep on hand. Do you have too much on your shelf or not enough? Decide what your goal is as far as product on hand goes. Stay tuned for a 2 part blog on what to do with expired product and how to stay stocked with the new items and what your customers want.
Re-Schedule: The beauty of working for yourself is you get to make your own schedule. Take some time to re-visit your work schedule and make changes. Set a schedule of when you will be working. Plan what you will be doing. Include Income Producing Activities (IPA’s) as well as the business management tasks that need to be done.
NOW you are ready to Rock! Taking a small amount of time to plan can make all the difference, but only if you work that plan!
Share with me your #1 goal for this year AND your ULTIMATE S-T-R-E-T-C-H goal below in the comments! Dream BIG!