6 steps every creator should follow when building an annual plan
Why Build a Plan?
(so many things come from all directions--oh what to focus on,)(an annual plan shows you the future so you know where to go and helps you focus on the future)
- To answer the question: What do you want?
(I think I know what I want, then I spend a couple hours, just a couple hours, it’s not rocket science--and then I realize what I want is not what I thought I wanted. An annual plan helps you clarify and specify--what do I want as a creator)
- Live your dream:
(“it’s so fun to know what you want, and then go for it, and to track progress against this over the course of 12 months--it’s one of the most rewarding things in the world”)
Here's what an annual plan is:
- Vision statement
- Key results (how will I know when I got there, how will I know when i succeeded?)
- Areas of Focus (what are the things we need to do, workstreams that we’re going to tackle in order to achieve those key results and hit that vision statement)
Here’s what a vision statement is:
A paragraph that ~*paints*~ the future for you very clearly about what life is going to be like a year from now -
and it should get you pumped! It should get your blood pumpin!
PLANS ARE LIVING BREATHING DOCUMENTS
People have a tendency to feel guilty if they don't hit their plan or if something changes. People feel like the reason they don't hit their plans is because they are failures.
NO, it's not true! Plans change, things happen, thinfs always happen. Feeling guilty about it doesn't help you get any closer to what you want.
You can begin your writing your vision statement with a brain dump. Brainstorm. During this process:
Ask yourself questions and answer them freely
- What do you want?
- What matters to you?
- What doesn't smatter to you?
- What are you great at, best at, as an individual?
- What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Why does it matter? Does it matter?
- Zoom out, what do you want to be doing 5 years from now?
Remember, during the brainstorming process - don’t censor yourself, don’t worry about meticulous organization, you can return and organize later.
AFTER brainstorming and getting it all out, it's time to go back and organize, refine, and define your vision statement.
Do a Retro!
Look back at the last year and figure out what worked, what didn't work, and what improvements could be made.