Planning In Advance

Thursday, September 4th, 2008 | Implementation planning, Organization with
Posted by: Kristen Beireis, Trust Marketing Expert

There are lots of projects in a Coaching business.  It seems that there is always something to learn and create.  If you have a professional, you can rely on them to pick up the slack on these projects.  However, that’s hard to do unless you plan in advance.  How many times have you started a project only to find it took another week longer than you wanted it to?  Did you feel like you were waiting on everyone else to get their pieces done before you could move forward?  These are signs that there wasn’t enough time planned. 

As a Coach, you know how to create a plan.  You also know that there is information you need in order to create that plan.  So, here are a few rules of thumb to help you plan projects.

1)  Get an estimate - If you are coordinating with a team of professionals, talk to them before you start the project.  Get an estimate of how much time it will take and let them know what you’d like your timeline to be. 

2)  Give notice - Let your team know what you are working on.  Give them a weeks notice or more so they can schedule in their part of the work.  Let them know when you want to have the project completed.  Keep them updated.  If something gets delayed or finished early, then let your team know as soon as possible.

3)  Technology - When it comes to technology, there are usually some delays.  If you think it will take 2 days to create that web page, when something comes up, it will likely be 3-4 days.  So, when planning for a project involving technology, expect a delay and plan for it. 

4)  Take a breath - Sound familiar?  When you are on a timeline and your business is just waiting for changes to happen, it’s easy to forget to breathe and allow the project to take on it’s own flavor.  It’s a journey, just like anything else.  Allow the journey and enjoy the changes as they happen.

Enjoy the process of developing your business.  I wish all of you much success in your upcoming projects this year!!

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