Why focus on the next 100 days?
Following the launch of the next 100 days podcast, Id like to take some time to explain why I believe focussing on 100 days is the right thing to do.
Annual planning is fine, but annual goals simply don’t give enough emphasis to taking immediate massive action, and making things happen. Focussing on one main priority and taking consistent action for 100 days can make a real difference.
The problem with calendar based planning,
- It’s not necessarily the drumbeat my business follows. My business activities don’t fall nicely in line with calendar quarters
- Think about quarter 3; It starts in July, right at the start of the main holiday period. My experience is nowhere near as much gets done in the summer as the rest of the year.
- I need to respond to the needs of my business. If I discover something big I need to do in early February, do I wait to start it on 1st April? No, the next 100 days to sort it starts the day I find out I need to do something. The need to change doesn’t obey quarter dates!
Challenge existing thinking, don’t follow the crowd
Lets think about the next 100 days
- Plan, (5 days); where you work out where your biggest priorities lie, and focus in on the most important of them, the ones you are going to take action on. I aim to come out of this with a plan on a page that covers the what, who how and why for the next 100 days.
- execute, (90 days); where you turn the plan into reality, take action, measure your progress and work to achieving the goal in the plan.
- review (5 days); where you look back and take stock of what happened. What worked? what didn’t work? what are the lessons learned? Most importantly, go celebrate your wins.
The next 100 days planning framework video explains this further:
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