Business Plans, Blueprints and To-Do's: What fits Your Business Style
This weekend, this holiday weekend I might add, I came across this blog posting by Christina Hood, in Redlands, CA, Inland Empire Real Estate Blog. Her piece was entitled, "Time Off Vs. Laziness". Of course, it caught my eye!
This particular paragraph really resonated with me:
"As business owners, we operate our businesses with the habits that we have established for ourselves. That may mean we hold down a color coordinated calendar with our appointments, or just keep a daily task list with the most important to-do items. Either way is fine, because it is not the tool that matters, it is how you use it. "
"...because it is not the tool that matters, it is how you use it."
Man, I thought that was profound.
You see, some of us use blogging, others video, some photography, some knock on doors, some attend networking events, and on and on...We all have our style, and the habits that earmark our business plan.
I've been ewriting a lot about the business plan these past couple of weeks, mostly because I'm working on my own.
I finished up my process on it and wondered if it was too concise, or too short, or too...whatever.
I left it alone to stew on the back pages of my computer a few days, but it's often on my mind.'
You see, in order for me to function, I can't get too caught up in the details. Doing so makes me lose sleep! I am already a detail person, so if I spend too much busy-work compiling lists and plans and check marks and to-do's, I can lose sight of the far bigger picture:
I've boiled my business plan down to a concise blueprint.
What three things brought me the most business in the past?
What do I need to set as goals in order to profit from the right business patterns?
What's the plan I need to achieve those goals?
Because, it is not the tool that matters, but how we use it.
I need a blueprint, but I don't need to micro-manage it. If I stick to the plan, whether I go on vacation, take a day off, have a sick day...the blueprint insures that my plan is in place. And I'll reach my 2013 goals.
What's your plan? What tools work for you?