This article originally appeared on Ms.Kenni NYC
2019 was the year I would set aside time on a consistent basis for business planning. For all 5,011 of my businesses (those that know, know lmfao) to grow I needed to plan out what I wanted to do and more importantly focus on growth; the two keys crucial to my success. But being a busy mother of six, a full-time senior manager, while balancing & maintaining my personal relationship, friendships and carving time out for ME … meant I would drop a few balls along the way.
I may have dropped more than a few… lmao!!
But it’s the perfect time for you and ME to get back on track! If you do not set aside time regularly to plan your business, I strongly encourage you to shift your thinking and embrace it for the latter half of the year. While you’re at it, get started planning for 2020. Over the next seven days, I want to share some of what I’ve learned and what I found helpful with you.
Still with me? Awesome!!
As someone who was good (and successful at) flying by the seat of her pants I figured I could wing this part-time entrepreneur “thing”. I had a mission, a vision, and a purpose at the 9 to 5. And at the 11 – 3. I had a routine. I knew the systems, I knew the processes I had to implement, and I knew it would be time-consuming considering my lifestyle but … hey… I am THAT chick….
El Oh El!!!
Let me briefly explain why business planning will be “the secret” to your success. The first is, you will become efficient. One of my FAVORITE work-related words and a top skill set of mine. I had it explained to me once as:
“When you go in with a clear plan, you can focus on what’s most important. Instead of spending time trying to figure out what you should be working on, what pieces of the puzzle are missing from your product funnel, or what you need to do to break through to the next income level, you know exactly what needs to come next.”
It becomes super easy to, walk backwards, creating effective and efficient daily, weekly and/or monthly to-do lists and content. You will become super-efficient at working on what needs to get done, when it needs to get done. Making goal attainment tangible! Don’t worry, I have another blog post on that #ThankMeLater.
Secondly, if you set a goal large enough that it is just outside of your reach your creative juices get to flowing. You start thinking outside of the box versus limiting yourself to what’s inside of the box. Not a believer? Try it. Set a big goal for yourself… it can be income-based, time-management related… I don’t care. Just decide on something and write it down. Keep it in front of you – on the wall, an alert on your phone, in your planner. Whatever works for you.
Then get to work. Notice what happens next. You start to think of ideas you never thought of before… or were too afraid to explore.
Two goals that immediately popped up in my head that you can explore:
- 5 ways to get more social media traffic
- Running a fun promo that adds $xxx (for some of us $x,xxx) to your bank account
You can do this. I’m sure you had a time (or two, or three, or five) when you’re anticipating leaving work after a long day and your supervisor swings by your office at 3:30 pm with an important deadline. Meanwhile, you have to pick kids up at 6:30pm before that $1 per minute late fee come into play. Or what about when college finals appear out of nowhere… or when the in-laws decide to drop in unexpectedly. You got very creative at work, with your studies and cleaning, respectively. *searches for the lie*
Now those were action steps. Making plans, setting goals, and following through. But let’s think about what is happening on a subconscious level. While we are going through our day-to-day life our subconscious mind is working towards those goals, too. While busy at the 9 to 5, being supermom, and even while sleeping, our mind is unconsciously focusing on that plan you’ve planned (I thought that was cute).
Planning and goal setting is important because it helps you grow faster, it makes your financial plans realized, and you will find more time to spend with yourself and with your loved ones. Sounds like a win-win-win to me.