Right - we all know that coming up to the end of the year is a time for reflection and assessment and forward thinking.
However, if you're anything like me, which you may well not be, but if you are, there are many excuses that pop up as to why I don't have time to do that right now.
What it seems to come down to is TIME or lack thereof. This kind of activity is one that requires uninterrupted, clear-thinking, time & space. When I'm talking about space here, I don't just mean space as in office space or environmental space. Headspace in some ways is probably even more important then creating time-space.
Why is that? Because, even if you have a good external environment to work in and the necessary time to stop being rushed, it will all fall over if your head is too full of other things that are urgently requiring your attention. A lot of people therefore leave this kind of planning till after Christmas when they have a bit of a breathing space and can give the task the undivided attention that it deserves.
So the trick here then is to schedule in that time now. Some people do their planning with vision boards, others use mind mapping, flowcharts or even sticky notes. These days there are plenty of ideas to choose from. If you want something that's really flexible then sticky notes are a good option. I've used them in the past for planning things like blog posts or other social media posting events that have to be done regularly. A yearly plan for posts is also a good idea, or at least six months.
I don't know about you, but I find it so much easier to do those kinds of tasks if I have a plan worked out in advance for what I'm going to post on every single day. Also when I work like this I then have an overall view of where I'm going with it. Consequently I don't end up doubling up on posts with similar material, being too close together and all that kind of thing.
How did you go with scheduling that time for your planning?