Do you ever feel like you spend so much time dog paddling, doing your best to keep your head (or at the very least your eyes and nose) above water, focusing on that to do list every single day (hoping to knock out at least a few items)…that you never pause to lift your head and neck up out of the water and ask yourself,
“Where exactly am I going?”
Right now is a perfect time to do this! We’ll be ending Q3 in just a few weeks. This means Q4 – the home stretch of 2021 – is just around the corner.
Where exactly are you going?
If you want to dive into this strategic planning for Q4 a bit more, here are a few specific questions to ask yourself:
What is one thing I got done (no matter how big or small) yesterday?
What is one success/accomplishment/win I had last week?
What is one success/accomplishment/win I had last month?
What is one success/accomplishment/win I had in the past quarter?
Celebrate your accomplishments! Then continue with your strategic planning:
What is one goal or objective I would like to accomplish by the end of this quarter?
What steps will I need to take to accomplish this goal?
What information, resources, materials or support will I need to complete each step?
When will I complete each step?
What is the first step I’ll take today? (Wait, you already accomplished this! You’ve answered these questions!)
What is the next step I’ll take tomorrow?
Did you just skim through these questions because you read the phrase “strategic planning for Q4” and immediately tensed up? Don’t let that phrase scare you!
If you don’t like the phrase strategic planning, call it something else:
Roadmap to more happiness
Path to even more success
Actions to take
When you pause to ask yourself where you’re going and how to get there, you’ll find that you live more intentionally and productively.
For the complete guide to improving your time management – including strategic planning – be sure to get The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer.