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3 Steps to Creating Your 90-Day Strategic Business Plan

Do you have a love-hate relationship with planning?

Allyson Lewis, 07/28/2011

It happens all the time; you get together with your team with high expectations of creating or updating your business plan for your next month, quarter, year--and you don't know how to start. You know you need a road map, but you are not exactly sure what direction you should take.

We have all been there. Strategic planning is overwhelming. There is so much to accomplish. The goals you want to set are challenging, and you know they will be hard to reach. Your time is limited and you don't know where to begin.
So why doesn't everyone have a plan?

Because we have a love/hate relationship with planning.

Even the word "plan" has a negative connotation. When you hear the leader of your team tell you it is time to create a five-year business plan, you secretly groan and that sinking sensation hits you in the stomach.

Old plans have forced you to commit to things you knew you couldn't accomplish. And you realize each time your boss sets a lofty goal that it will demand even more of you.

Yet at the same time there is a part of you that loves plans. When we see what is possible to accomplish and when an entire team buys into this new strategy, a strategic plan gives us hope. It inspires us. It allows creativity and freedom for new paths to engage us and challenge us. When we clearly see new possibilities, there is a newness and a novelty that captures our imagination and makes work fun again.

This article will give you an outline for how to structure an effective strategic planning meeting. The 7 Minute Life 90 Day Focus Agenda has been specifically designed to just that. We hope you can use this tool to kick-start your next team meeting.

In this article we will share with you the template for how you might choose to create your next strategic plan using The 7 Minute Life 90 Day Focus Kit.  You can download this free kit here.  It is filled with the actual questions, worksheets, and checklists to walk you through our strategic planning process.

Allyson Lewis is the author of The Seven Minute Difference. She speaks about improving time-management, increasing productivity, and rediscovering purpose. Find out more about her new online video training program, The 7 Minute Life System, here. She also has a blog and a Twitter account.

The author is not an employee of Morningstar, Inc. The views expressed in this article are the author's. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Morningstar.

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