Are you making the most out of your long-term and short-term plans? In this post, discover how to make the most out of your efforts.
Make The Most Out of Your Long-Term and Short-Term Plans
It is easy to design a plan that will lead you towards your goal. The roadblocks that will arise during the travel can become very frustrating and overwhelming. The initial plan always looks great on paper, but when you start to go through the different layers of the plan, you could find yourself spinning like a top.
The problem that most people have with their plans is that they are not realistic. Studies have shown that people often underestimate the time that it will take to accomplish a task. If the jobs take longer than anticipated, stress will begin to build as the day progresses. By the end of the day, you will look at the list and become frustrated that you did not accomplish what you set out to do.
To write productive monthly, weekly, and daily plans, you have, to begin with, realistic goals. Once you have a clear vision of where you want to be in the future, you understand your business’s mission, and you have your goals written down, you will be able to write productive plans.
Every year I decide on twelve ideas that I will focus on for that year. These thoughts will become my goals and will lead me closer to my goals and vision. I break these ideas into monthly goals. Every month will have a different focus. It is easier to focus on one project for a month instead of working on all twelve during a month.
Here is an example of a twelve-month plan for someone who is just starting to sell art online.
January – Start a Blog
February – Build an Online Art Gallery
March – Learn everything that you can about building your blog’s traffic and directing it towards your online art gallery
April – Write as much content as you can for your blog to start having your blog listed in Google’s search engines.
May – Develop a blogging schedule and a plan for when you will update your online gallery.
June – Make any adjustments needed to your blog and gallery. They should represent your brand.
July – Set up a business email for an email list. Learn everything needed to build an email list.
August – Learn all about the top social media sites for artists and decide on one that you want to focus on.
September – Join the social media of your choice and learn the best way for you to build your brand with that site.
October – Build your audience on your social media site.
November – Assess your blog, content schedule, online gallery, and social media site and make any adjustment.
December – Be prepared for the Holidays and prepare paperwork for your accountant.
You can see that by breaking down your year into twelve sections, you can accomplish a lot. If you tried to do it all at once, you would never be able to do any job correctly. You would only be able to put twelve percent of your effort into each project. By focusing on one important priority a month, you will be able to put in one hundred percent of your effort into learning and achieving your monthly goal.
As your business grows, you will find that there will be many jobs that you will be focusing on. When that time arises, you need to focus on what is generating the most income. Filter out the time killers and put your efforts on what will build your business. It is easy for someone to waste time on projects that will not strengthen their business or generate income.
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