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Proper Planning For the Coming Year

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The fact is, we can’t stop time from ticking away, and every new year feels like it comes too fast. So, as we wrap up accomplishing the goals we set forth for every new year, we discuss thinking about what we hope to satisfy in the new year.

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True, the thought of future productivity growth may be far from the minds of many at this moment, but that doesn’t negate the fact that it’s an important topic to tackle earlier rather than later. So where to start? On the Espresso To Go Show, Robby Slaughter, founder and principal of AccelaWork, discussed the topic of planning goals with the show’s creator and host Eric Marasco. According to Slaughter, planning well ahead of time will help nurture future endeavors. Robby says:

It’s powerful to make the choice to plan your year farther in advance. Because if you’re trying to do it in December or after the new year starts, you’re just running to catch up. And for most of us business owners, that January 1st time frame is already pretty busy because you’re trying to get new sales and build new relationships. So, if you can do it in October or November and think about what you want to do for the next year, you’ll have a longer view of things.

Marasco then hops in with his thoughts:

It seems to me, every time I think back to when I started setting those goals and planning for the year, it usually took me thirty days to really dive through it. Next thing you know, you’re already in mid-February sometime. You’ve kind of lost the momentum there. I think if you go into it now, it makes a lot more sense.

For your convenience, the entire video is below:

To AccelaWork, it’s a no brainer—taking the time now to foster productive planning is the best way to avoid the stress and chaos that comes in the new year. So, what better time than now to get motivated about milestones you hope to reach in the upcoming year? We implore you to take the opportunity today to begin creating and setting goals for each new year.

Even if it isn’t near the new year, there’s no reason not to plan for the time ahead. Yes, people like to focus on January 1 since it’s a nice, clean date, but there’s no reason you can’t plan a year in advance from February, May, or even August. Proper planning is key to preparation, and if you aren’t prepared, then it’s going to be an uphill battle for your organization to find success.

Plus, as an article from Forbes explains, New Year’s planning often doesn’t mean a thing.

Self-improvement, or at least the desire for it, is a shared American hobby. It’s why so many of us—some estimates say more than 40% of Americans—make New Year’s resolutions. (For comparison, about one-third of Americans watch the Super Bowl.)

But for all the good intentions, only a tiny fraction of us keep our resolutions; University of Scranton research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals.

Don’t wait around until the first of the year. Take the proper steps to succeed today!

If you’re baffled as to where to start, you may want to read tips from our productivity consultants that will help get you on track. By taking the steps to prepare for what’s to come, you and your team will soon discover that the new year isn’t as daunting as it may currently seem. Best wishes to you and your team for a successful new year!

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