MANY business owners I know hate planning. They find it annoying. They don’t know how to do it. They start a plan only to find themselves mired in the details of ‘who needs to do what’ and give up out of frustration.
Or they just simply prefer to go with the flow and see what life brings.
I get it – there are times I wish I didn’t have to plan either! But I know the benefit it brings to me and my biz so I’m willing to do it even when I don’t feel like it. 😉
Here are a few things to consider to make planning palatable (maybe even enjoyable?)
If you’re thinking “I need your help, Tina, to create a solid plan!” then check out my upcoming 3 hour virtual “Planning Made Simple” workshop.
1) Planning is about committing to your DESIRES
The heart of planning is simply about saying ‘here’s what I want in the next year’ and then getting clear on what it will take to get there. It is saying to the world that you are ready, willing and able to do what it takes to create what you want.
This of course means you need to know what it is you really want. Sometimes a reluctance to plan can be masking a deeper fear or resistance to what it is you really want to create. Embrace the truth of what you want and allow yourself the freedom to lay a path to creating it.
2) Planning means LESS WORK for you every day
Each day will start one of two ways – you are either waking up clear on what you need to do that day. Or you are flying by the seat of your pants and making it up as you go.
The first option allows you to get the right stuff done first, so that you have the rest of your day open to spend as you please. The second option requires that you waste valuable time and energy trying to decide what to do, when and how… often leaving you feeling like you’ve been busy all day but never actually accomplished anything.
It’s time to get that plan in place so you can stop working so hard! Say to another few weeks/months/years of exhaustion and overwhelm. Build in the 3 x 3 Planning Habits I share in the “Planning Made Simple” workshop into your business and you (and everyone around you) will know EXACTLY what to do each and every day (no more doing it all yourself).
3) Planning allows others to SUPPORT you
Be it an assistant or a team of 20, if you don’t plan ahead I guarantee that you will always struggle getting the support you need. The most successful teams are the ones where each person is clear on what they need to do, when it is due and is empowered to do great work. Last minute requests and constant changes will suck the life out of a team faster than anything else – and leave you feeling frustrated.
If you are unwilling to plan you will never find the support you crave.
The bottom line is this – you don’t have to love planning. You just need to love what it allows you to create. In the same way you don’t have to love flossing your teeth, but you do it because you know it keeps you healthy.
I created my Planning Made Simple workshop with this in mind – to give you a simple and, I daresay, fun process to laying a path towards getting what you want next year.
You are invited to join me LIVE on December 15th. Here’s where to find out more: www.tinaforsyth.com/planning
You may not like it (wink) but I assure you that – if you do the work – you will feel clear and empowered as we head into the
I know you’re tired. If you think about this for too long, you may just end up having another like this last year. Join me December 15th and put a solid plan together in just a few hours www.tinaforsyth.com/planning.