How to create a success plan in 6 steps (and why you need one)

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This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5

At the moment I don't have much time to work on my business.

I'm working full time and I commute so I'm out of the house 7.30am-7.30pm. 

I've got a couple of hours in the evening but after you take away time for dinner and a shower there's very little time (and motivation) left! 

I've been trying to use my train journey home to work on business tasks but I often just do whatever I fancy instead of having a clear goal to achieve and a set amount of time to complete it in.

Taking inspiration from Natalie's 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge I've created a new success plan to make sure I achieve manage my time to achieve my goals:

  • Set a pomodoro (25 minute) timer when I get on the train and work solidly on my business for that time.
  • Identify what the most important action(s) I need to complete are (not easiest or quickest as I usually choose!) And use that 25 minutes to complete them. 

When I complete those actions I am going to feel so great! I'll feel like I'm making progress with my business as I'll be trying more things out, failing more and learning from those mistakes.

Obviously I've been taking about time management and a success plan in relation to running a business. How does it tie in with finding your direction?

I know how tired and demotivated you can feel after a long day at a job you hate. The problem is, if you don't put in the time to look for new jobs, do research or take courses like 7DAYSTODIRECTION you'll always be stuck there.

You need to create a success plan for yourself so that each day you can work on choosing your direction and making that choice a reality.

Here are 5 tips for creating this success plan:

1. Have a think about when you can work on finding your direction and making your dream career happen. Do you need to get up a little earlier, watch less TV or take a proper lunch break?

2. Decide how long you will work on the tasks that will help you to find your direction each day. Will it be 30 mins, 1 hour or even longer?

3. How will you get into the routine? Do you need a reminder, alarm or a trigger to remind you to do it?

4. Come up with a list of the most important things you need to do to find your direction. Which will have the biggest impact on your search?

5. Plan in when you will do each of these things. You could use a diary, weekly planner or schedule them in on your calendar.

6. Work out what motivates you. If you haven't already take my quiz here and read the blog post that goes with it to identify what you need to stay motivated.