In each month’s time management tips e-newsletter that I create for my list, I include holidays to be aware of for the upcoming three months. As I typed up my July newsletter draft, I opened up the October section of my calendar. That’s right. October!
The end of the year will be here before we know it.
That’s why this is the perfect time for strategic planning! I know that the term strategic planning makes some people nervous because you might think it’s a lengthy process or requires too much thought or too much research or too much effort. If that’s the case, you’ll be happy to know that you can complete basic strategic planning in only 10 minutes!
Here’s how you can accomplish strategic planning to end 2022 on a high note:
- Set aside 10 minutes in a location where you won’t be interrupted by people stopping by or notifications from your device.
- 2 minutes – Jot down your successes from January through June, large or small. If you can’t remember what they are, browse your calendar to jog your memory.
- 2 minutes – Reflect back to January and note any goals you’d set for 2022.
- 2 minutes – After giving yourself a pat on the back for the goals you’ve accomplished so far, identify one or two not-yet-completed goals from your list that you’d still like to accomplish this year.
- 2 minutes – Schedule time on your calendar for taking the first three steps related to those goals.
- 2 minutes – Revisit the list of successes you just compiled and give yourself a high-five! Then glance at your calendar to see when you’ll be taking the first step toward your next goal.
That’s all there is to getting started with your strategic planning. Once you’ve spent just 10 minutes going through this thought process, you’ll begin to become more conscious of what your one or two goals are for the rest of 2022 and will be more likely to continue to reflect and plan for how you intend to accomplish them.
Here’s to your success!
For details on how to manage your time in order to accomplish your goals, check out The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer.