Is your plan for 2019 ready? Here’s our nine-point checklist to drafting a plan you can deliver

Is your plan for 2019 ready? Here’s our nine-point checklist to drafting a plan you can deliver

There’s lots of evidence to show that people who write down their goals are far more likely to achieve them. So as a new year starts it’s a good idea to decide what you want to achieve and get it down on paper.

If you have already done this then you’ve taken the first step to making 2019 a success.

If you haven’t then don’t panic. It’s never too late to put a plan in place.

Whatever your situation it’s a good idea to make sure the plan you produce has the right ingredients, so here’s our nine-point checklist to getting it right:

  1.  Plan v Goals - Writing down your goals is important, but you’re unlikely to achieve them if you don’t have a plan that sets out how you will achieve them. When you break goals down into actions it’s easier to commit to making them happen and will give you a greater sense of control and focus.
  2. Be a realist - A plan will help you be realistic about what it will take to achieve something. Without a plan it is easy to look at the change that you are trying to make, see how difficult it will be and decide to go and do something easier instead.
  3. Prioritise – It’s essential to deal with what it is important first. If your plan is to increase sales by 50% yet your team doesn’t have the skills to achieve it then you will never succeed. If however you prioritise training, recruitment, retention and performance reviews then you will turn things around.
  4. Be adaptable – When you keep things simple you are more likely to be able to deal with the unexpected. A good plan has room to adapt as things change.
  5. Give yourself time - It’s important to ring fence the time you need to make the plan a reality. If you are always sucked into emails, dealing with invoice queries and decisions on advertising banners then you won’t ever focus on what’s important. Consider what you will need to delegate or outsource to free up time in your week.
  6. Be concise - A plan doesn’t need to be pages and pages long. The more concise you are the more focused you will be and the easier it will be to communicate what it is you want to achieve. If it takes hours to read then it could take years to deliver.
  7. 90 days v 365 days - Setting out a plan for the year ahead can be very daunting. That’s why we recommend a more realistic timeframe of 90 days. With a clear view of the big important steps or changes you need to take in the first 30, 60 and 90 days you stand a far better chance of achieving it.
  8. Make it a rolling plan - Things will change so review your plan every 30 days to check what you decided is still relevant. You can then adjust the plan accordingly.
  9. Share the plan - Don’t just write the plan down but tell someone your plan – your colleagues, your peer network, a coach. Sharing the plan is one of the best ways of holding yourself accountable for delivering it.
Jon Kandiah
Jon Kandiah

Having spent 25 years in senior executive leadership roles, transforming large-scale businesses such as EE, T Mobile, Orange and Virgin Mobile (which achieved £500m revenue in 5 years and a £850m flotation); I have developed a range of tried-and-tested strategies, coaching and mentoring techniques that will equip your business and team with the skills necessary to scale up.