How To Prepare For A Successful Q4
Can you believe we’re approaching the home stretch for 2019? For most of us, the start for Q4 is right around the corner. Time to tighten up our plans and finish the year strong 💪🏻
Here are a few steps to help you plan out the last few months of 2019.
Review your progress so far
In order to create the proper plans to finish out the year, we first need to take a look at what we’ve done so far. Take a few minutes to look over your plans for Q3 and see how it compares to where you are at now.
Have you completed everything from Q3 that you wanted to?
What projects are completed and can be shelved and which ones still need more attention?
Are you where you wanted to be in your business by the end of Q3?
What’s working and what’s not?
Once you’ve taken some time to think about where your business is, let’s look deeper at what’s working and what’s not. First and foremost, are you happy with the projects you’re working on? The most important thing is to make sure you’re enjoying the work you’re doing. If you feel that a certain project isn’t bringing you joy and you find yourself dreading working it, it may be time to move on from that project onto something that you enjoy doing.
Next, you can analyze your current revenue by seeing which strategies are paying off and which need work. Have you tried different methods to drive in better results? Do you want to implement new strategies next quarter to compare to your efforts this past quarter?
Take a hard look at the different areas in your business and take note of the successes and the troublesome areas. By understanding what’s working and what’s not, you’ll be able to craft better plans for the future and drive in the results you want more effectively.
What’s your top priority?
It’s key to know what your priorities are and what’s going to move the needle in your business. Be clear on what your top priority is for finishing out the year and build your plans around it.
If you’re in the middle of creating your online course and your priority is to launch before the end of the year, then adjust your plans to hit that goal. Create a schedule around the completion of your course. It’s okay to put other things on hold for a bit in order to move towards accomplishing a top initiative for your business. Choose grace over guilt for the things that will take a back seat while you push through this project.
What can be pushed aside to help you hit that top priority
If you’re not sure what can be pushed aside in order to spend more time on your top priority, refer to Pareto’s Principle (the 80/20 rule) to help you out. Doing this will allow you to focus more on the things that matter most, primarily the tasks that help us reach our goals.
Review the tasks you repeat often within your business and consider delegating these to a virtual assistant or dropping them altogether if they aren’t necessary. You’re time will be better spent focusing on your top priorities.
Create an action plan for your top goals
Now that we know what’s important and what can take a back seat, it’s time to build out that roadmap to finish out the year. Take your top goal(s) for the last three months and break them down into milestone events — one for each month.
Once you have your three milestones for each goal, you can start to bridge the gaps between milestones by setting weekly action items that will help you reach that milestone.
For example, your goal could be to create an online course and your first milestone event is to curate and write all the content for the course. You would want this completed in your first month so you would create weekly action steps to get it done.
It may look something like this:
Week 1: Create an outline for the course
Week 2: Collect research for course
Week 3: Write first half of the course
Week 4: Write second half of the course
By the end of the month you will have everything done and ready to work towards milestone two. The same process will be done for all three months and you’ll have a visually map of what needs to be done and by when.
Cross the finish line!
Once you have all the steps laid out for the next three months, it’s time to put in the work. Stick to your plans as closely as possible and adjust as needed. Remember to put your priorities above the things that don’t move the needle for your business.
What plans are you trying to complete in this last quarter?