Published on: January 6, 2016

How to plan for success in 2016

We are all victim to the New Year’s Resolution hype, so how can you plan to be successful in the year ahead.

Planning for success doesn’t always take five year project plans but can also be about the short-term or smaller wins – the things that are more manageable and measurable. This is the ‘stop, start, continue’ technique that works on any person, in any team, in any business and should ultimately result in success.

Stop

Is there something in your own or your team’s routine that is counterproductive? Are you spending too much time planning and not enough time doing?

We all procrastinate in one way or another, but we don’t always notice when we do it. Find a system that fixes your attention and prevents you from attempting to multi-task. We may think we are achieving at this point, but usually one job leads to another, which leads to another, leaving us with lots of projects started and none completed.

It could even be something as simple as snacking at your desk. This can quickly be the cause of distraction, so fill up at breakfast and ditch the desk drawer delights.

Start

Is there something you have never tried previously but could be highly beneficial if you added it to your routine? It could be as simple as planning the day ahead the night before, or having daily quick catch ups with your team to stay connected.

No person, team or business is perfect in the way they manager their day and roles and it could be as simple as taking 10 minutes on your lunch to get some fresh air and a breather; sitting as a desk all day through can be more damaging than productive.

Continue

There is surely something in the way you manage your job that is really helpful. Perhaps you are particularly good at communicating with your team, or perhaps you are a great motivator.

Whatever it is, find a way to grow it and nurture the skill or quality you might have. Could you pass it onto others? Maybe run some training on your skill if it is particularly useful and beneficial to the majority?

 Summary 

The ‘stop, start, continue’ technique is extremely effective in a variety of areas in business when aiming for success. Training sessions are a brilliant example as you want to give people actions points to take away at the end of a session, which is more manageably broken down by the ‘stop, start, continue’ approach.

Success is about recognising your strengths and weaknesses and building on them in a productive way. Those who sit comfortably on their sustained success won’t ever see a growth in their success. There is always something you can do to improve, so grab 2016 by the horns and begin it how you mean to end it!


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