Why You Need to Start Planning for Next Year Right Now

Uncategorized Jul 31, 2019

If you’re anything like me, you're probably heads down evaluating success from the first half of the year: make adjustments in strategy, implementing new processes and adjusting team structures. You're doing what you do best... operating!

But I’m here to let you in on a little growth secret I have been using for years to accelerate my growth:

I spend 20-30% of my time in the summer setting and executing towards my goals for next year.

Why? Because without a vision of the next 12-18 mths, I might default to a routine of being comfortable at my current size of business and success. Staying in the weeds can be comfortable. I like the weeds!

But here’s the issue… If I don’t push myself to grow, our team, company and revenue never will either. Innovation will slow down, raises for my employees won’t happen, ideas that have been in the backlog will continue to collect dust.

When I signed up to be an entrepreneur, I didn’t sign up for comfort or for maintaining a day to day routine. I signed up to push myself. To rise to the next level. To evolve. My team is counting on me to be open to feedback and lead change within the organization. To push us forward... closer to our collective mission.

If I wait until December to set my goals for next year, it will take me at least 2-3 months to get things in order internally. I want my team to start sprinting on the first day of the new year. I want my team to be set up for success on day 1.

WorkSmart is all about anticipating your barriers and removing them before they even happen. It’s about preparing yourself to effortlessly get to the next level without the stress of last minute planning or missed goals….

This weekend I want you to set your next year goals and identify 2-3 things you need to set up in your business NOW to start that trajectory right when it hits January 1. Here are some ideas to get started:

  • Who do you need to hire?
  • Who do you need to start building relationships now with to be able to engage with them more deeply next year?
  • What tools need to be in place at the next level of business? a CRM? A Project Management tool? A shared calendar?
  • What metrics does your business need to be trending to in Q3/Q4 for you to reach the level of revenue you want to hit next year?

Work smart,

- Morgan