Running an online business can seem overwhelming at times. As an entrepreneur, you wear many different hats. So it’s easy to get distracted from task to task. When that happens, chances are that you aren’t pushing your business forward as much as you could be.
So how do you stay focused? Well, one of the best things you can do for your business from the very outset is to have a clear plan ahead. Decide on the most important tasks, determine their priority, and add them into your calendar. An effective way to get this done is to write out a 1 month, 3 month and 12 month action plan. The 1 month plan sets out your immediate high priority tasks. Your 3 month plan gives a broader list of things you must do in the next 3 months. And your 12 month plan concentrates on bigger tasks that are going to help you expand your business.
Before you put a plan like this together, here’s a few things to mention:
1) Your plan will naturally change. Things will crop up in the year that will need to take priority. That’s normal. But do make sure your overarching plan for the year stays broadly constant, even if minor things alter course.
2) Get every task in your calendar, or on your to-do list. It’s easy to write a plan and ignore it. But if you discipline yourself to working to a task list (or a calendar) then you will find your business progresses much faster.
3) Brainstorm with other business owners. I always recommend people join online networks or masterminds, and creating a short, medium and long term plan is something that you can often do together.
Need a little bit more help getting started? Well, I’ve created a download-and-print 12 month plan that is perfect for any new entrepreneur getting started on their business journey. This lists the most essential tasks that I believe every new business should have on their plan for the year ahead.
Download it now by clicking on this link: The 12 Month Plan