How to Write a 90-Day Plan

How to Write a 90-Day Plan

In this article, I will show you exactly how to write a 90-day and empower you to get put together a short-term strategy for getting things done. As an owner of two businesses and somebody who is obsessed with efficiency, I have always had a passion for productivity. I used to ask myself the same questions I imagine you have asked yourself a hundred times. How can I manage my time effectively? How can I focus on the important things and not get caught up in unimportant distractions?

There are many different tools out there for planning your time or projects and some of them are really good. The one I have always found the most effective is the 90-day plan. I’m not going to go into the in’s and out’s of what is a 90-day plan, you can read more about that here. This article is more about how to write a 90-day plan.

When sitting down to write a 90-day plan I would always with a much broader outlook of what I wanted to achieve. Think about the things you want to achieve in the next twelve months. If you were to hit your long-term goals, where would you need to be in the next three months to be on track? What can I do that will make the most impact in driving me towards my goals? This is will be your focus for the next 90 days.

Now write down a list of all the tasks you would need to perform to hit your 3-month goals. The next thing to do is to try and break those tasks down into achievable timeframes. Where do I need to be in 1 month, 2 months and 3 months?

TIP: try to spread your tasks out evenly over the next 3 months. When you come to write a 90-day plan, you are going to be in a good proactive frame of mind, eager to get things done, just be careful not to over-commit yourself.

There will need to be some logic to this planning, as some tasks will be dependent on other tasks getting done. Now you have your tasks spread evenly over the next three months, let’s take a look at the first month, in particular, the first two weeks.

Have a think about what your diary looks like for the next month and if it is fairly consistent and you are working for the next four weeks, then take half of the tasks you have in your 1-month list and pop them into a new 2-week list. Try focus on the most important tasks, or the tasks that will make the most difference.  Now take the 2-week list and split it in half again, creating two lists. These will be your 1-week and 2-week lists.

Again get the jobs that will make the most impact in nice and early. This will make you feel really good about your progress and keep you motivated.

A quick Google image search will bring up loads of downloadable templates that you can use. It’s in my content plan to create a resources page for you to use the format I use, but in the meantime, you should find something suitable here. I use Trello and create a board, it’s so easy to move stuff around and for me is an essential tool, to write a 90-day plan.

How to Write a 90-Day Plan

Well, hopefully, you now have everything you need to write a 90-day plan, and as always please feel free to get in touch and share your experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

What is a 90-Day Plan

What is a 90-Day Plan

If you’ve heard about the 90-day plan, but you’re not quite sure what it is, you’re in the right place. In this short article, I will explain what is a 90-day plan and how you will find it useful in both your working and everyday life. Although many consider the 90-day plan to be a business or productivity tool, it can be used just as easily in everyday life. I used it recently to get on top of my sleeping (I will write an article on this at some point).

What is a 90-day plan?

A 90-day plan is a productivity tool designed to help you focus on the tasks that will take you towards your goals faster and more efficiently. The 90-day plan can be really useful if you struggle with focussing on one task at a time. It is also really good to help you prioritise just what needs to be done. In short, it’s my go-to tool to get shit done.

In essence, you list everything that will get you to where you want to be and decide if they need to be done in the 30, 60 or 90 days. Sounds pretty straightforward, hey? That’s because it is – Its beauty is its simplicity. I use a slightly extended version of this that looks at what needs doing this week and goes beyond 90-days – It’s not unlikely that it will take you more than 90-days to reach your ultimate goal. By pigeon-holing your tasks, you’re able to put aside the ones that are not important right now and focus on the tasks that are. You can see the tasks that you need to be working on right now – nothing else matters. Work and focus on these immediate tasks and before you know it you will reach your end goal.

Alternatives to the 90-day plan

Over the years as a business owner and marketing consultant, I have played around with quite a few different planning tools and I’ve always come back to the 90-day plan. It’s worth taking a look at some of the alternatives out there. Other planning tools I have played around with and found useful include:

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Sean Covey

The 4 Disciplines of Execution or 4DX is really good if you have a team and want to get things done. The hardest part is getting your teams buy-in, but if you can master that, it’s a machine and can be very effective.

Todoist

If you’ve not tried Todoist, I’d recommend giving it a blast. It’s more of a to-do-list than a planning tool, but the ability to have multiple lists, add priority levels, and schedule tasks, makes it a great tool. It’s also multi-platform and if you go for the premium version it syncs instantly.

Goals: Zig Ziglar 

I prefer his audio books as I just love listening to him – You’ve just gotta love Zig Ziglar’s energy. That aside, I things Zig’s approach to setting goals is a really good one and definitely one that will get stuff done.

Now we’ve answered the million dollar question ‘what is a 90-day plan question, it’s time to give it a try and see just how focussed and organised it makes you. To help I’ve put together a resource page dedicated just to the 30 60 90 day plan. Here you’ll find tips, tricks, hacks and templates, to help you master the 90 day plan.

Now go give it a try!

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