Follow along challenge: Planning your best year 2019 - part 2

 

The next step in my yearly planning process is thinking about the coming year. Or we can call it brainstorming. It’s about what I want the next year to look like, more or less. And for that I ask myself these questions:

What do I want to do more of?

What new thing/things do I want to start doing/try out during the year?

What do I want to do less of? 

Do I want to stop doing something the coming year? If so, what?

What would I like to learn (more) about during the year?

At the end of next year, when I sit back and reflect over my successes, what are they? What will I celebrate then?



Again, if you need some help or guidance to come up with answers for these questions you can go through each function one at a time and see if there are some answers touching the topics and tasks within them.

To make it even easier for your I’ve spelled them out, specifically for each function, so you can take a notebook, write down each function on a page, and the answer to each question. Note: It’s okay to not have an answer for each question in every function. Perhaps you don’t want to stop doing something in a specific function, right?


Design

What do I want to do more of when it comes to designing?

What new things do I want to try out/do?

Is there something I want to do less of when it comes to designing?

Is there something I want to stop doing?

Is there something I want to learn when it comes to designing?

What will be a design success for me during the year?


Product

What do I want to do more of when it comes to producing products or services?

What new things do I want to try out?

Is there something I want to do less?

Is there something I want to stop?

Is there something I want to learn?

What will be a production success for me during the year?


Marketing

What do I want to do more of when it comes to promoting my brand, products & services (branding, PR, advertising, customer relations, social media, digital platforms)?

What new things do I want to try out to make people aware about me or what I do?

Is there something I want to do less?

Is there something I want to stop?

Is there something I want to learn?

What will be a marketing success for me during the year?


Sales

What do I want to do more of when it comes to selling my products or services?

What new sales tricks do I want to try out (sales channels - physical & digital, selling processes, approaches, strategies)?

Is there something I want to do less of when it comes to selling my products & services?

Is there something I want to stop?

Is there something I want to learn?

What will be a sales success for me during the year?


Finance

What do I want to do more of when it comes to my business finances (budget, accounting, planning, bookkeeping, follow-up, profit & costs, salary, revenue, charity)?

What new things do I want to try out?

Is there something I want to do less?

Is there something I want to stop?

Is there something I want to learn?

What will be a financial success for me during the year?


IT & office

What do I want to do more of when it comes to the IT-solutions & office maintenance (computer, printer, scanner, other tools & equipment, furniture, software, settings, backup, clouds) ?

What new things do I want to try out?

Is there something I want to do less?

Is there something I want to stop?

Is there something I want to learn?

What will be an IT & office success for me during the year?


Logistics

What do I want to do more of when it comes to my logistics (delivery, stock, packaging, transportation)?

What new things do I want to try out?

Is there something I want to do less?

Is there something I want to stop?

Is there something I want to learn?

What will be a logistic success for me during the year?


Legal

What do I want to do more of when it comes to legal stuff (contracts, terms, conditions, GDPR, policies, copyright)?

What new things do I want to try out?

Is there something I want to do less?

Is there something I want to stop?

Is there something I want to learn?

What will be a legal success for me during the year?


HR

What do I want to do more of when it comes to taking care of myself for the sake of my business (exercise program, hiring, outsourcing, networking, education)?

What new things do I want to try out?

Is there something I want to do less?

Is there something I want to stop?

Is there something I want to learn?

What will be an HR success for me during the year?


There is just so much good stuff to be discovered in these questions and answers, don’t you think? For me it’s really helpful to do this step as it makes me really thing about what I want and need and what’s good for me and my business.

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