Do you make it your practice to create a 90 day action plan in your network marketing internet business and your life?
“Have a plan and work your plan,” I have heard it a hundred times if I’ve heard it once, but I haven’t always taken the time to create a plan for my business, let alone my life!
Thankfully building a network marketing business has introduced me to the importance of goal setting, but it’s always been one of those, “should do” things until this summer when I made it a “must do” on my list. I would set monthly goals, write them down, and refer to them frequently, but my vision didn’t go a whole lot farther than the next calendar month, let alone a 90 day action plan.
This past summer I shifted gears and started to plan out the next 90 days for my business AND my life.
I broke down what I wanted to accomplish in the different areas of my life and wrote down a few action steps I could take in each one of those areas to get closer to my goal. Then, when planning my monthly goals, I had something to refer to that helped me stay focused on my bigger vision. All I have to say is, it’s worked!
My July, August, September goals included blogging consistently, creating my free offer, creating my entry level paid offer, adding coaching, paying down debt, growing my network marketing team, getting a “system” created for making mornings run smoothly at home while getting the kids off to school.
And the amazing thing is, that I’ve hit every one of my goals except my entry level paid product…which is a work in progress!
I’m running with a pretty focused crowd online right now, and I suspect that a lot of you are already ahead of me on this amazing discovery…but I still think it’s worth sharing because tomorrow, Saturday, October 2nd there are 90 days left in 2010. (Can you believe it?) Time for a new 90 day action plan!
How are you doing on your yearly goals? If you’re coming up short, I encourage you to follow my 90 day action plan process and pick up a head of steam to cruise into 2011 with momentum!
90 Day Action Plan: Got Vision?
The first step I take in creating my 90 day action plan is to create a 90 day vision. Vision is a big deal for me, maybe because I’m such a visual person as it is, but it helps me to really break down my dreams into bite size pieces instead of having those lofty 90 day action plans with goals that I’m not likely to reach.
What do you envision for your life 90 days from now? Grab a notebook and craft a 90 day vision statement, written in the present, as if you’re writing what has happened in the past 90 days on January 1st. What have you accomplished, what have you experienced, what adventures have you had?
90 Day Action Plan: Got Goals?
Write down a few goals for each category and a few action steps you can take toward achieving them for any of the areas below. (Feel free to substitute any categories as you feel is necessary.) I recommend choosing 3 to 5 categories to focus on for your 90 day action plan.
- Business Goals
- Personal Development Goals
- Education Goals
- Health Goals
- Relationship Goals
- Financial Goals
- Spiritual Goals
- Home/Organization Goals
Refer to this list of goals and your vision statement every week as you plan out your weekly calendar. Stay focused on this list throughout your week. (I keep mine right in my day planner clipped to the page that has my week on it.)
90 Day Action Plan: Got Activity?
Without activity your action plan is not really in action is it? I’m challenging myself to come up with one activity a day I can do in each of the categories so that at the end of the year I will have made significant strides towards my goals.
Activity that will possibly make it on my 90 day action plan:
- Connect with 9 interesting people in social media and develop a relationship with them.
- Reconnect with 9 old friends, past clients, etc. and reignite a relationship with them.
- Create 9 pieces of flagship content and re-purpose it into various formats to distribute online: article, blog post, video, podcast, etc.
- Sprinkle 9 links each week throughout the web to drive traffic to my blog.
- Interview 9 people I admire or want to learn from.
- Write 9 guest blog posts.
- Drink 9 glasses of water each day.
- Pay $90+ extra each month toward debt.
- Get rid of, donate, or pitch 9 things each month that I don’t use or love.
- Schedule 9 “Fun Days” to completely unplug and enjoy my family.
- Read 9 books on my list.
- Plan 9 “Date Nights” with my husband.
I’m going to set aside some time this weekend to create my action plan for the next 90 days and I encourage you to do the same! Please share your thoughts in the comments below. You are on a dofollow blog so you will get some link love from me if you comment
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