We hear it all the time - to make a plan and schedule - but why is it so important? Does it actually make a difference? You may not see results immediately but in the long run, planning will be beneficial to your business. Let's talk about some reasons why.
HELPS YOU TO PRIORITIZE & REACH GOALS
Planning out your month really allows you to get the most important things done. As small business owners, we set certain deadlines for ourselves. With each deadline, there are specific things that we need to accomplish. Of course, we all have our way of going about meeting a deadline, but setting a weekly plan can really help.
If you are a procrastinator, it can be easy to wait until the last minute to do everything you need to reach your deadline. This is where a weekly plan can come in handy. Use your planner to break down each section of your deadline. You may have 4 goals you need to reach to meet your deadline. Use each week of the month and dedicate that week to one of those things.
You can also use the first couple of weeks of the month to schedule out the most time-consuming tasks and complete those so that you can have a smooth and relaxing final week to get ready for the next month.
We all know that having a business can be stressful. There is so much on our plate - especially if we also have other responsibilities we have to take care of. Writing down everything - and we mean EVERYTHING - you need to take care of helps tremendously! When you know how much you have on your plate and you don't take the time to write it down or schedule it out, it only lives in your head. This can be so stressful. Thoughts of chores, business goals, deadlines, and other tasks are just swarming around in your mind and one thing after another keeps getting added to your internal list.
Sitting down and writing out each task you need to do can not only help you keep track of them all, but will also relieve your mind of the constant stress of having to remember it all. You will probably feel a weight lifted off your shoulders once it's all down in writing. This way, you don't have to worry about forgetting what to do and when to do it. It also helps to see it written out because then you can decide what needs to be done when and which tasks are most important. Then you can start checking everything off with a clear mind and may even meet your deadline faster!
We know planning may not be for everyone, but it does have its benefits. Are you a planner?