Creating a 90-day plan might feel like another task to add to your already overwhelming to-do list. However, using this structured approach to business and marketing planning enables you to grow your business, connect with your strategic vision, and create actionable steps. It also boosts your productivity and creativity.

A 90-day plan is a roadmap that guides your business towards its destination – success!

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Why a 90-day plan?

90 days is just long enough to make a difference but not too long that you disconnect from your goals. If you are easily overwhelmed, then 90-day planning is the perfect solution. You break down your big business goals and focus on them in smaller, more manageable ways.

There are lots of benefits to planning this way:

Focus – breaking down your goals into 90-day increments provides you with a clear focus on your objectives. No more overwhelm! You are in charge of prioritising tasks.

Adaptability – when you have a shorter timeframe, it allows for more agility. You can adjust, pivot, and respond quickly to unforeseen challenges.

Measurable progress – achieving your milestones within 90 days leaves you with a sense of accomplishment. You can easily track your progress and maintain that momentum.

Boost in productivity – when you use the 90-day planning format, it creates a sense of urgency, which motivates you to work more efficiently towards your goals. With this clarity, you will inevitably establish better time management strategies and increase your overall productivity.

Better decision-making – reviewing and adjusting your goals at the end of each 90-day cycle allows you to make better decisions. You can easily evaluate your strategies and refine them where necessary.

Less risk – by regularly reviewing your plans every 90 days, you can prepare for and navigate any risks more effectively. When you are proactive in shorter bursts it gives you much greater control over the outcomes.

Where do you start with 90-day planning?

It’s best to start with a list of your main goals for the year ahead and how you hope to achieve them. Write down everything you can think of. This might include marketing your products or services, speaking at events, writing a book, creating an online course, etc.

Check in with your values and business mission statement to ensure that your goals align. There’s nothing worse than trying to achieve a goal when it doesn’t support your vision. It’s also helpful to review the last twelve months to see what you achieved, what you didn’t manage to do, be, or have, and if there is any room for improvement and growth. If a yearly review feels too much, try analysing the last six months.

Open a simple Word or Excel document and write all the months down on one side and add your goals or intentions and when you hope to do them during the year on the other side. Having this strategic plan is a great starting point for your 90-day plans; it helps you see what’s ahead for your business and plan accordingly.

Once you know what your entire year looks like, you can then focus on the next 90 days. Choose 3 areas you want to work on over the quarter – start with the overall goal for your 90 days and then break this into small steps.

Let’s recap:

  1. Review your last twelve months.
  2. List your goals for the next twelve months.
  3. Create a strategy plan including the months and the activity/goals.
  4. Choose three areas to focus on for 90 days or divide one big goal into smaller steps.
  5. Add your actions to your calendar where necessary.

Top Tip: do your planning away from your usual working environment. Pop to a local independent coffee shop, the library, or your dining room table. You could also arrange a planning session with other ladies in your network so you can keep yourselves accountable.

Want to learn more about 90-day planning?

Creating a 90-day plan for the new year can be an incredibly valuable exercise to set clear goals, create actions, prioritise tasks, and make progress towards achieving those goals.

In the Socially Shared Daventry Networking Session, Sandra Garlick, an experienced Business Mentor and Director of Woman Who, will be guiding us through a step-by-step framework for creating our own 90-day plan.

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Goals and planning for the new year are usually at the forefront of our minds at this time of year. As well as our 90-day planning session in Daventry, we have Taruna Chauhan, a qualified Brian Mayne Goal Mapping Coach, speaking about Goal Mapping in Solihull on Thursday 4th January.

Goal Mapping the Brian Mayne Method

Whatever your dream, Goal Mapping can help you achieve it. Goal Mapping works to develop the empowering mindsets, winning attitudes and effective habits that create success in an individual, a team or even an entire community.

Whatever form of success you seek, Goal Mapping can help you turn your dreams into realities.

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