"Some’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago" – Warren Buffet
I admire people who have a plan. I’m naturally a kind of ‘live for the day’ person.
Don’t get me wrong. I am incredibly good at planning, especially when there’s a client and a deadline involved. I’m talking more personally. When I was younger, planning for the future never really crossed my mind.
My other half, Sam, is someone I admire very much. Not just because he buys me flowers ‘just because’ and always makes sure there’s a stash of chocolate in the fridge (my choice of poison). He has a completely different outlook to me.
He had his life planned out from a very young age. And when I mean young, I’m talking about his teens. He knew what career path he wanted to follow, went for it, kept an eye on where he was going, tried different things along the way, tweaked it when it needed tweaking and now, he’s ...
Starting a business is a bit like planning a long journey.
If you’re taking a trip somewhere, you’d work out how and when you were going to arrive, how long it would take to get there and what you’d need throughout the journey.
Setting out a similar plan for your business is the right thing to do too. It will give you the same type of results you’d get organising a trip, and enable you to focus, track and reach your goals.
This is where creating a routemap for your business right at the very beginning is really important. (It’s never too late to create one either, even if you’ve been established for a while. That’s what I did.)
Why’s this so important?
Well, just like a journey, if you don’t have a map, how do you know where you’re going? Worse still, if you don’t monitor what you’re doing, how do you know if you’re anywhere near achieving what you set out to do?
By keeping an eye on where you are in...