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A white cat, huge chair and plan is important…

January 16, 2012

For those with world domination on the agenda, a white cat, chair and plan is important…

Hatching plans can be exciting but sticking to them is something else.  I think time lines are great for a ‘big picture’ commitment to what is going on. For accountability you need something that boils those goals into actions for the month you are in right now.

A plan for the month should hold all areas of your business to account (even if you are not directly involved in each area) so you maintain an overall view of how everything is working together (whihc keeps the master plan on track).

Helpful tools:
I have created a month plan template which I am happy to share. It fits with my very large time line template. Just drop me an email and I will send one over. Any feedback is great. These things always need to be tweaked to suit you.

The Schedule Planner pro app integrates with iOS calendar and Google calendars. Takes a while to set up but charts are always a lovely way to see where your time and focus is going.

New Year, New Plans…

January 9, 2012

Ah the clarity of January! There is something lovely about the start of a year (even if the first week back was a bit creaky). We are all looking ahead at a fresh new year and thinking about what it could be.

Most of my clients are clear on what needs to happen in 2012 to move their businesses forward. I use a huge timeline template which when put together allows them to see the whole year (and walk along it if needed!).

I am happy to share the template, just drop me an email. Here are some tips for making the most of a timeline:

  • Goals need to be measurable. They might have to be broken down into several steps
  • Divide out business areas. There is always one withered area (I will happily tell you mine is finance)
  • Live with your timeline; stick it to the wall for a bit. It is the best way to get buy-in from your team
  • Make sure it plots over 12 months. There is nothing worse than stopping in December
  • Add in check points, your timeline needs to change with you to be valuable.

Once done,  you can decant this onto your preferred program / app. But nothing beats having a large piece of paper and felt-tip pens at the start – sometimes technology can be distracting!

A blu inc and Chesapeake production