Posted by John Corban - Landscapers Coach
on 15 February 2019
You have probably been back at work for a few weeks and are fully entrenched in the daily activities of running a business. So with 11 months ahead, how can we set ourselves to have a great 2019?
I think a good excerise is to look back at over 2018 and ask yourself, what worked well and what needs improving?
When I do this excerise, i create 2 columns on a piece of paper with the headings as you can see below:
8 Jobs resulted in good profit
In 10 jobs clients were happy
Instagram posts were consistent
Retained core team and they works reasonably well
Jobs - actual man hours exceeded quoted man hours by 20% or more
3 jobs - clients were not entirely happy (running too many jobs at once)
Website hasn't been updated for 6 months
Don't have regular team meetings
Need some better systems (quoting, tracking jobs)
I work too many hours after work
Profits could be better
Sorting your list
Once you create this list, ask yourself - What do I want to achieve over the next 11 months?
To answer that question start by highlighting the items in both columns that you feel will make up your plan for this year. They should be the things you know will make a big difference to your business. Also add any additional important goals that aren't on this list.
Then prioritise the list and cross off any items that you don't feel will help you achieve what you intend and keep the important ones to focus on.
Make them Goals
To turn any item into a goal, just write it this way.
For example: on my list is written: don't have regular team meetings. Make it into a goal by writing: Meet with Site Supervisors in office every 2 weeks.
Give each goal a deadline and write down the steps you need to take to achieve them.
Don't have too many things to achieve or you may create overwhelm.. And no-one needs overwhelm!
Final step - Make you Accountable
Think of someone you could discuss your plan with (and become accountable to). It may be your wife, a good mate or business partner (if you have a business partner, then this is definitely an exercise you do together).
Let's make 2019 a great year!