Staying focused seems to get harder the older I get. This means the faster time goes by faster and this summer has been no exception. The realization that we’re in the 2nd week of August with 144 days left this year opened my eyes. For kids it’s the start of a new school year, for business owners it’s time to get a plan in place to finish 2016 strong.
It doesn’t have to be complicated, but make sure it’s well thought out, and there’s an action plan in place to get you where you want to be. It can be as simple as a pad and paper to get started…writing everything down will not only get the ideas out of your head but also put them in front of you where it’s easier to organize your lists and priorities.
Get caught up. This might seem like an impossible task at times and a strange place to start, but it’s not as difficult as you’d think. It’s hard to move forward when you’re buried in things that needed to be done three months ago; that weighs on your mind and distracts you from your real focus. Climbing out from underneath can be overwhelming, but you can help alleviate some of the pressure by breaking up your to-do list into smaller pieces. Set aside time to make a list of what needs to be done. Organize your list into the things you can do, and those you can delegate. This will help you see not only what you can manage yourself, but what you can hand off to someone to get back to your break-even point.
Revisit your goals. Once you have your plan in place to get caught up, revisit the goals you set earlier in the year. Are you reaching them? Are you close? If not, why? Look at what you’ve done to get where you are now, and what you can do to either stay on track or pick things up if you’re not where you want to be.
Delegate. This is the hard part for most people. Take the list you made of the things you can outsource for a starting point. The rule of delegating is to outsource what you can teach. There are some things that you don’t want others to do, but there are many things that you can teach someone to do.
Make a plan. Now that you’ve got yourself caught up, you’ve revisited your goals, and found what you can delegate, it’s time to sit down and make a plan to take you through the rest of the year. Don’t try to “wing it”, that just doesn’t work. Plans can be changed and altered, but having something initially in place will give you guidance on where you’re going, help you see things you may not have noticed before, and keep you and those working with you accountable. From here you can scale as needed, but you have a starting point and something to follow.
Don’t overthink it…less is more. Starting with a basic plan to keep you organized and on track will produce greater results than going blindly into the end of the year and help you finish 2016 strong!
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