It is no secret that I love planning and until this year I would take a day to literally plan out the whole year. It’s not exactly an addiction but close.
I love using a daily planner, it feels great to have your mind wrapped around what is coming in life and business. But sometimes we can get too stuck on “the plan” that we don’t take advantage of opportunities that come out of seemingly nowhere.
Don’t be afraid to move things around if an amazing opportunity comes along.
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So Much Can Change In 90 Days
Think about what life, in general, looked like just a few years ago. I bet it looks pretty different from where you are today. It is the same with business and the online world. A platform you planned on using in a launch the fist of the year might look very different by October when your launch actually happens.
Industry changes are just the name of the game.
It’s not to say you can’t have an idea of what is going to happen for the whole year. There are things that happen every year at the same time and you can’t change those. Then, of course, mark those down. The idea between planning for 90 days at a time is that you don’t wast your time laying a solid plan for a time period that will look very different when you finally get to it.
Does that make sense?
Plan As A Guide, Not The Law
Lay a plan for your year but be ok with changes. In the book Living Forward co-written by Michael Hyatt, he talks about people who planned out their lives were in a far better place than the ones who just lived out the life they were handed. We were created to have dreams and a vision for the future.
Have a goal of where you want to go, but also be willing to take a path you didn’t realize was there.
Plan as a guide for your year by laying out the dates of things that don’t change like birthdays and holidays. Plan for launches and promotions in your business but be willing to move things around.
Read this post for more on planning ahead.
How To Plan In 90 Day Increments
Get down to the details in the 90-day increments. But let everything else be.
Worrying about what it coming over 90days is far more manageable and less overwhelming than looking at a whole year. This is the simple way to Manage your year in bite-size chunks.
Start With The Dates That Don’t Change
Things like birthdays, holidays, and events that happen at the same time every year can be added to your calendar first.
If you hare a dedicated planner you probably won’t have to many of these to add but make sure all of your appointments and dates show up across your devices, planners, pieces of paper you wrote them on exc…
Plan High-Level Business Dates
Now take a look at your calendar for the year. Where do you have space to do a launch to create income in your business? Are you going to do one over Christmas or Thanksgiving? What about your quarterly launches?
Be intentional about the dates you set for launches. Have an idea of what you plan to sell and when but be flexible.
Choose Your 90 Day Big Goals
Whether it is a goal that will take you the whole year to complete or you can get it done this quarter, write out your top two goals.
Quick Goal Break Down
Something big like writing a book will take you a full year to complete. A project that big needs to be broken down into manageable tasks. For the sake of easy math, let’s say your book will have 12 chapters.
You will need to write:
- 1 Chapter a month. (if each chapter is about 15,000 words)
- Then you need to write 500 words per day.
If you have the goal of writing 500 words a day then writing a book does not seem like such a huge job now does it?
Follow these steps with each project you want to comple. If you need more detailed help read this post on How To Plan A Project.
Get Serious About The Next 90 Day Plan
When you are deciding on the end date for a goal. Start at the due date and work backward. Evenly distributing the tasks throughout the time you have in between the day you are currently in and the day it is due.
Make sure to schedule these goals and treat them like an appointment. If you don’t act on the tasks you set then there is no point in having goals.
Whether they are for your personal life or goals for your business schedule them out and be realistic about what you can get done.
Get a planner to help you.
The Living Well Planner is my FAVORITE PLANNER for running my rabbitry, blog, and daily life. With project planners for every month and hours marked for every day of the week from 6 am to 10 pm this planner is perfect for any busy wife.
Tell Your Day Where To Go
Planning does not stop there. It goes down to the very lowest level down the hour.
Every evening make a to-do list for the following day. If you are a business owner then do this at the end of your work time for the following day or block of work hours.
This helps you clear your mind for a restful evening and allows you to just have fun with family and pull your mind out of the office. You can do this whatever time of day makes the most sense for you.
Life might seem out of control and far from manageable but if we plan with intention do the best we can. That is a life well-lived.