How to create the right plan for your business

I have been a great planner, just not always the best at executing my plans. I’ve made meal plans, business plans, marketing plans, and while they were all great, they were all lacking one thing.

Commitment.

I was scared to commit to a plan because what if I spent all this time following the plan and it turned out to get me nothing? It was easier to not follow the plan than to take full responsibility for my actions.

Planning is easy. Follow through is the hard part.

And I didn’t realize until lately that I’d been really holding myself back. I wasn’t follow any plan at all. I was following my wishy washy desires and my freak outs (how the heck am I going to make money?) and basically sabotaging myself.

Finally it was my mindset coach who pointed it out to me that I was still seeing myself as a victim and because of that I couldn’t take action. I was waiting for someone else to give me permission to take action. But guess what? You just need to give yourself permission to take action and you will! You need to allow yourself to do something when inspiration strikes and to keep going with it. Don’t second guess. Just do it!

So how do you create the right plan for your business? Here’s my basic layout:

  1. What is your business all about? How do you market it? (blogs, newsletters, social media, etc.) What daily tasks do you need to do to keep your business humming along? (inventory, content creation, crafting, creating, etc.)
  2. Pick the things you love to do (plus maybe 1 or 2 new ones) and create a weekly schedule with them spread out. I don’t do anything simple so my weeks have 3 newsletters, 5 blog posts and tons of social media. That may seem overwhelming, but I do a newsletter on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and only 1 blog post a day. If you spread it out over the week, it’s not so bad.
  3. Follow through with it! It’s really that simple.


One trick I found that really helps me get super motivated is to workout in the morning. I wake up, make some tea, sit down to write my daily actions (more on how to determine those later), then I go to the gym or trail for an hour. When I come home, I’m ready to get to work at 9 am and I’m actually excited for my day. If I wake up and head for the couch, I’m doomed. I don’t get to work until about 10 and even then I’m not really productive.

In fact, last week I didn’t do much of anything because I went straight to the couch. But this week, I’ve worked out in the morning and I got more done in the morning than I did all last week. Crazy, huh?

Let’s recap:

  1. Create a plan that works for you and your business, including doing things that you love.
  2. Get up and get moving to get more productive.
  3. Get your most important stuff done first, then work on the other stuff.


Grab my free weekly planner here!I have been a great planner, just not always the best at executing my plans. I’ve made meal plans, business plans, marketing plans, and while they were all great, they were all lacking one thing.

Commitment.

I was scared to commit to a plan because what if I spent all this time following the plan and it turned out to get me nothing? It was easier to not follow the plan than to take full responsibility for my actions.

Planning is easy. Follow through is the hard part.

And I didn’t realize until lately that I’d been really holding myself back. I wasn’t follow any plan at all. I was following my wishy washy desires and my freak outs (how the heck am I going to make money?) and basically sabotaging myself.

Finally it was my mindset coach who pointed it out to me that I was still seeing myself as a victim and because of that I couldn’t take action. I was waiting for someone else to give me permission to take action. But guess what? You just need to give yourself permission to take action and you will! You need to allow yourself to do something when inspiration strikes and to keep going with it. Don’t second guess. Just do it!

So how do you create the right plan for your business? Here’s my basic layout:

  1. What is your business all about? How do you market it? (blogs, newsletters, social media, etc.) What daily tasks do you need to do to keep your business humming along? (inventory, content creation, crafting, creating, etc.)
  2. Pick the things you love to do (plus maybe 1 or 2 new ones) and create a weekly schedule with them spread out. I don’t do anything simple so my weeks have 3 newsletters, 5 blog posts and tons of social media. That may seem overwhelming, but I do a newsletter on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and only 1 blog post a day. If you spread it out over the week, it’s not so bad.
  3. Follow through with it! It’s really that simple.


One trick I found that really helps me get super motivated is to workout in the morning. I wake up, make some tea, sit down to write my daily actions (more on how to determine those later), then I go to the gym or trail for an hour. When I come home, I’m ready to get to work at 9 am and I’m actually excited for my day. If I wake up and head for the couch, I’m doomed. I don’t get to work until about 10 and even then I’m not really productive.

In fact, last week I didn’t do much of anything because I went straight to the couch. But this week, I’ve worked out in the morning and I got more done in the morning than I did all last week. Crazy, huh?

Let’s recap:

  1. Create a plan that works for you and your business, including doing things that you love.
  2. Get up and get moving to get more productive.
  3. Get your most important stuff done first, then work on the other stuff.


Grab my free weekly planner here!