When I first start working with someone, typically, the only thing on their calendar is appointments—doctor’s appointments, personal appointments and appointments to meet with their existing clients—all of them important, but there’s nothing on that calendar that’s going to grow their business. We need to make sure that we are putting the important tasks on our calendar that will actually help us to reach our goals, if its not on the calendar, it likely will not get done.
Your calendar can be used as a tool, a system that will allow you to achieve your business objectives. If we look at it like that, and go through this specific process of strategic calendaring, you can use your time more effectively and reach your goals faster.
Think about the last time you set a goal, did you achieve the goal? If not, why not? Did you put it on your calendar? If you didn’t, chances are you did not reach your goal and not using your calendar strategically is a big part of the reason why. If it’s not on the calendar it doesn’t get done.
When you do strategic calendaring, first you decide on your goals, what do you want to achieve over the next year—not “I’m going to do this tomorrow.”
Think about what you are doing beforehand, ideally you know what you are doing 90 days in advance. You don’t want to be thinking about what you need to do to reach the goals you set out for the quarter 2 weeks before the end of the quarter, which is stressful and unproductive.
Often, business owners take action in a reactive way, “Oh, my eZine’s supposed to go out tomorrow, I guess I better write it now.” Or “Oh, I don’t have enough clients, I guess I’d better make sales calls today.” You want to be thinking about these activities, the tasks that will help you to achieve your goal, way in advance so know what you need to do by when.
If it’s not on the calendar, it doesn’t get done, so if you don’t use your calendar properly in your business, you won’t reach your goals.
Once your goals are identified, determine how you will achieve those goals; what actions do you need to take.
The first step is to look at how much money do you want to make over the next year, what business goals do you want to accomplish. Once you know what goals you want to accomplish for the year, look at what goals you need to accomplish in the next 90 days that will lead you towards the goals over the next year. Once you know what you need to do in those 90 days you look at what you need to do in the next 90 days, and the next 90 days and the next 90 days until you are at the point of the year and you are able to reach your goals.
In order to look at strategically planning out the next 90 days you want to break this down by the month, then by the week then by the day, start at the biggest goals, start at the furthest point in time and walk backwards from there. What do you need to do in order to achieve those goals in the next 90 days.
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hey, I’m Kim + I am ridiculously passionate about helping you to work smarter and not harder + to realize how freaking amazing you actually are, exactly as you are and how easy business really can be when you are in alignment + simplify + add systems to organize your business + plan your business growth. I’ve been geeking out about online business, online marketing + systems + personal development + all that stuff since I created my first business back in 2006 + sold it.
This whole business owner thing is not for the faint of heart, there is a reason why most businesses fail!
While the road to burnout doesn’t look the same for everyone on it there are some similarities you typically experience on this path!
- You’re always in the weeds of your business
- You don’t have efficient systems and processes (or maybe none at all)
- You aren’t delegating effectively
- You can’t take time off
- You’re trying to do too many things at once + wearing all the hats
It’s exhausting just thinking about it! But there’s a way off the hamster wheel!
If you’re overwhelmed, overworked, stressed out, and worried that if you take time off the bottom will fall out from beneath you and your business will fall apart.
Then, you are in the right place my friend, been there, done that, got the tee-shirt and I’d love to support you in ending the cycle!