Clear the cobwebs….and plan for 2020.

So, we are now in November and coming ever closer to Christmas and the countdown is on.

I for one do not know where the last 10 months have disappeared to as I have been running my business full time since 1/1/19 and had my 2nd Business Birthday in September. It has been a wonderful journey but has been full on, and I have had to miss things with my friends as the business took over.

Recently though, I was lucky enough to have been invited by a friend to a special showing of the Tutankhamun Exhibition in the Saatchi Gallery. We had a tour with a very passionate and knowledgeable guide who told us all about the artefacts.  Don’t miss this FINAL tour of the exhibits.

I felt very privileged to have seen everything close up and was in awe of the craftmanship and vibrancy after all these years. During the tour people listened very closely to the information the guide was telling us with no distractions until he had stopped speaking for us all to then take photos. Afterwards, everyone was engaged in conversation about what they had seen and that in itself was very refreshing. There was also no hurry for us to move on and we could linger and take it all in. I doubt the 30 minutes tours will allow the tranquillity of this tour that I experienced, but the glint of gold will definitely dazzle your eyes.

The following morning after a walk in Richmond Park I was thinking about how we are all so busy and must take time out to see things around us and absorb things and not be in a rush.  As a consequence, I felt an overpowering need to blow away the cobwebs on my walk and am lucky enough to live near Richmond Park so had a wonderful few hours walking, talking, laughing and absorbing the wonderful views and feeling grateful to see nature at its best.

This time of the year I also start thinking about my plans for the next year and have already started filling in my 2020 Diary but am determined to enjoy the rest of 2019 and stand back and take in all I have achieved and celebrate my successes.

2020 will hopefully see some changes and growth and  new projects including a new website, so watch this space and I will be following these 5 top tips to look at and review my projects;

  1. Defining my projects with detail of what I want to achieve and how.

Write down everything you are working on and everything you want to work on and group lists around specific goals.

  1. Give my projects a start and end date.

Sounds easy and some dates change, but this allows you to plan, sequence, prioritise and at least have an idea if something might take more or less time that you thought.

  1. Write a 1-page project plan;

Write down answers to

  • what this project will solve?
  • What is the benefit?
  • What budget do I need?
  • What are the stumbling blocks?
  • What are the risks?
  • What are the sub tasks?
  • How will I know when it is complete?
  • What have ai learnt from this?
  • Any feedback.
  1. Establishing who will be involved in the project
  • When a project involves multiple team members communication is vital. With everyone working towards the same end date and goals and with a clear plan which includes milestones and communication guidelines, everyone will work toward the same end goal.
  1. Decide whether to pull the plug
  • It is not the easiest thing to quit a project but if budgets change, there is no ROI, opportunity costs and the emotional toll of continuing do not stack up, then it is better to quit whilst you are ahead.

If you are working on a project for your business and need support, then please do not hesitate to contact me as I would be happy to discuss and help you plan and implement your project as your support partner and second brain.