Have you set your goals for 2019 yet? Yes I’m serious. Have you written your goals plan for 2019? Or will you just wait until January, after you return from a break to then start working on your goals? The answer to these questions impacts your business bottom line. Yes, what you are doing, or not doing, in the next months will show up on your P & L next year. Planning is invaluable. I can’t stress enough how truly valuable it is to plan ahead for your business. The most common problem in smaller businesses is the time spent (wasted) on fighting fires- dealing with “urgent” things that have come up. Planning is not done because there is “no time” to plan! The irony is, the more you plan, the less fires you have to fight! If this is you, it’s time to get out of this tail-chasing circle. You need to embrace planning to create results in your business. The other benefits that also go hand-in-hand with planning are: increased momentum , increased productivity and increased enthusiasm. Certainly worth trying out with these added benefits, surely? Now is the time to think strategically, to take the time to write down your ideas and goals that you want for yourself and your business in 2019. Now, before the party season kicks in and you get swept up in the busyness. So, can you commit to taking an hour or two this week to put pen to paper or open up a doc and start typing? What you commit to doing now will bring you rewards next year. When January comes around, you can hit the ground running. You can walk into 2019 with a clear vision of what you will be creating and working on. Wouldn’t that be a great start to the New Year?