As we race towards the end of the year, I always think that this is a great time to review what you have achieved so far, and to plan for 2017.
Planning for a great year takes structure, and not just the odd to-do-list. This is more about looking at what you want to achieve, and setting those points as markers for how the rest of the year will be structured.
I explain how to do this in the podcast that you can listen to below.
I still use to-do-lists (I know they can be addictive!), but if the major events aren’t planned out, it makes it hard for you to know when you need help, support or finance to get the project done. It is also crucial to make sure that you have given yourself enough time to complete the project.
Too often we think that we can achieve something in a certain time frame, and then life gets in the way. Make sure you build in contingency planning, both in terms of time and money, in case something goes wrong. It is better not to need it, than to wish you had it!
A challenge for you
At the end of the podcast I talk about a challenge for you to plan your own year ahead. Here are some of the key things you need to think about:
- Do you know the deadlines for your project?
- Do you have all the people you need to help you?
- Have you got finance in place for the project?
- If you don’t have finance in place, have you planned how and when you will need it?
- Are there press and PR moments that you need to plot out for the project? (Remember that some magazines have 3 months lead times!)
- Do you have support plotted out for the year, so that you are able to achieve what you need?
- Have you plotted out holidays and fun times with family and friends? It is so important to take breaks so that you have the energy to go back and finish the project.
- Have you plotted out points in the year to review your progress? By making moments to review, you can see if something is working or not, and whether you should continue with it or try something else.
Above all have fun with this. Things are flexible, and can be changed as we go along. Unless we know what the big challenges are, we can’t prepare for them. It might mean that you only focus on one big thing a year rather than several, but it is better to have achieved one thing, than to fail at several.
Let me know in the comments below what you are going to aim for next year. Is there any help that you need with it?