Many mom entrepreneurs struggle with common inhibitors that stand in their own way of innovation and success in their businesses. No matter how efficient your systems become, you still need to spend time thinking and planning!
When do you plan?
So many people get caught up in doing, that it’s sometimes difficult to discern priorities. Without a plan, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with details and lose perspective.
Caught up in overwhelm?
If you’re overwhelmed and spinning… often… it is probably time for you to sit down and plan out your next steps. When you are in the act of doing, your brain is in implementation mode – not possibility mode! So, it’s important to take some down time periodically to create your plans and write down your goals.
Your focus on short-term results drives out ideas that take longer to mature.
If you only spend time on short term results, its time to put a 1, 3 or even 5 year plan in place. You don’t have to work out all of the financials just yet but it is important to have dreams and goals for the future of your business. Dreams and goals keep your future focused.
Stick to the routine…
Routine planning is a cornerstone for successful companies (and even families that work!) It’s a proven fact that planning is one way to ensure you lower your stress, encourage communication, and get your needs met.
One practice that works for both business and family is something I learned from a coach/mentor of mine. She called it the Sunday Summit!
Family – Each Sunday evening, we sit down as a family (usually following dinner) and review our week’s agenda. Each family member shares their commitments, activities and expectations. It works wonderfully.
Business – Each Friday – I go through my week’s checklists and roll anything un-done into the following week, while assigning it a time to complete. Since I save Mondays and Fridays for business development, I typically can block out segments of time then.
It doesn’t matter what your practice is – it simply matters that you are consistent with it. That is when you’ll really begin to see the payoff.
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How and when do you plan for your business?
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