Create A Plan, Declutter Your Mind

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Creating a beautiful plan is akin to decluttering for your mind and procuring a beautiful container, that holds together all the parts of your business and life in a manageable and understandable format, which is easy to access.

Without a good plan, all our different threads of thought, can become a tangled mess leading to confusion and overwhelm.  

All the things we’re trying to remember, the things we want to do, the things we need to do, the dates and deadlines, the fabulous ideas for those new offers, programs, books, the strategies we want to implement, the systems we want to put in place.  It’s no wonder we can become overwhelmed and not know where to start, so we end up scrolling social media, watching Netflix, or eating when we’re not hungry!

Creating a beautifully aligned plan is like decluttering for the mind.  We metaphorically get everything out, see what we’ve accumulated, see what gives us a ‘spark of joy’ (borrowed from the wonderful Marie Kondo’s ‘The Art of Tidying Up.’) Chuck what we don’t want, and organize and prioritize what we do want so that it’s easy to find, pick up, put down and enjoy.  Who doesn’t want more ease and joy?

5 easy steps to create an aligned plan to declutter your mind and increase ease and joy.

1. List your Accomplishments.

We’re talking accomplishments, things you’re proud of, achievements, successes, wins, challenges you overcame, anything you can give yourself a pat on the back for.  You get to decide what time period. If it’s your first foray into structured planning, go back over your life and write down your major accomplishments. 

Then, focus on your more recent ones.  If you’re planning regularly, just list the accomplishments since your last plan. You can include just business or work life, but I prefer to work holistically and include non-business-related accomplishments too.  It helps us to see just how all-around brilliant we actually are!!!  If you’re having trouble remembering, flick through your diary, look at your financials, look back at your photos, look at your client notes, read your journal, look at your monthly review.

2. What did you learn?

First think about what didn’t go so well, what didn’t go to plan. What did you learn from these experiences? Which step will you take with you going forward? What will you do differently? This is not a place to beat yourself up. This is a place to help you use your challenges as springboards to your next accomplishments.

3. Vision.

Write down your 3-year vision.  How would you LOVE your business and life to look in three years-time?  You don’t need to think about how it will happen, if it’s possible for you, whether it’s realistic. Just allow yourself to dream.  Dream big, this is just for fun, it’s not set in stone, you can change it any time. Enjoy playing with the possibilities. Again, it’s just for fun.

4. Break it down.

From your 3-year vision, if it were to come true, what could you do in the next year to move towards that vision?  We’re getting a bit more ‘realistic’ here. What would you like to see happen in your business and life in the next year, which with a bit of luck, focus, and courage, could actually happen?  The from your one-year list, see what needs to happen in the next 90 days in order to move towards that one-year vision.  Be realistic.  Don’t overstuff your plan.  Give yourself space and time to breathe!  There are 4 x 90 day quarters in the year.  You don’t need to do it all this quarter!

5. Schedule.

Mark in your calendar what needs to happen when.  First add all your pre-existing commitments, your holidays, breaks, appointments.  Then add in CEO time that you can spend with your plan and take a regular birds-eye view of your business.  Then write your goals and priorities for each month.  Remember to schedule time each week to revisit your plan so that you can review how things are going and course correct if necessary.

I tend to come across three main types of relationships to planning:

A) Loves Planning, they regularly review their plan, course-correct and repeat. They mainly feel in control and on track.

B) Loves Planning, makes plans, gets all fired up, plan never gets looked at again. Planner feels rubbish and not in control.

C)  Hates Planning because they hate to feel restricted, and if they do plan, they don’t stick with it anyway, so what’s the point?

I help all these people with planning.  

Type A) can really benefit from regular reflection. They also check in to really align their business with their goals and values and accelerate their growth.  They appreciate that someone else has them and their businesses’ back and is there when the inevitable challenges arise, and to have support with course correction.

Type B) Benefits from all that type A benefits from but also relishes the regular accountability in both co-working and coaching sessions, to revisit the plan, to stay focused on the important things, and to prioritize and re-prioritize.

Type C) Benefits from all of the above, but also to experience what a really good feeling and aligned plan feel like.  They get to experience that not only is flexibility ok, but optimal!  They get to get stuff done and feel proud.

All types gain confidence, get stronger foundations, get stuff done, and feel accomplished.

If you’d like to discuss whether working together could be your next right step – book a call no-obligation call here, let’s connect.

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