Take a day and STOP, Part 3


Over the past two weeks, I’ve outlined my ideas about why you must STOP and look forward in your online business. STOP is the sample that we suggest for taking a while to plan for the subsequent yr or extra of your online business’s life.

STOP stands for:





That is the final within the collection. If you happen to’ve missed both of the primary two components, you possibly can click on right here for half 1 and click on right here for half 2.


OK. That is in all probability the toughest half for me. I’m not an organizer by nature. I’m extra of a “Hey, why don’t we do that?!!?” and stroll away type of individual. I’m additionally the type that jumps right into a undertaking with out actually pondering it by means of all the best way. Hear, I don’t decide you in your shortfalls. I’m engaged on some of these things. It simply takes time.

I’ve to place programs in place to ensure that I’m organized. That’s why the third a part of STOP is to Manage every little thing. It grew out of my want to have the ability to put every little thing collectively in a method that I perceive as a result of, like I stated, I’m not an actual organized individual by nature.

Don’t (but) throw any of the concepts away. Even when they appear inconceivable, impractical, unlikely, or too exhausting, go away them within the combine. In actual fact, by now, you must have extra concepts than you could possibly probably implement in 1 / 4, a yr, or in 5 years. That was the large aim of the Considering step, to get you to consider as many potentialities as you possibly can.

Hopefully, you may have your sticky notes. Right here’s what needs to be on them:

  • The locations
  • The beginning locations
  • The historical past
  • The methods you assume you will get your locations

Right here’s why utilizing a co-work house can be nice in the event you can. Begin sticking your sticky notes to the wall. If you happen to don’t have that type of room, don’t fear, simply use the desk that you simply’re utilizing. If you happen to don’t have a desk, you might need to discover a artistic solution to unfold these concepts out and begin to set up them. I hope your lap is sufficiently big…

I at all times begin on the left and go from left to proper, however that’s simply me. You can go from proper to left, as much as down, right down to up, pile them up, construct a pyramid, or a bunch of emojis if that makes you cheerful. It actually doesn’t matter the way you do it, however placing these sticky notes out the place you possibly can see them is vital. These visible cues will show you how to to resolve what makes essentially the most sense whenever you get to the subsequent step.

Begin along with your beginning locations (or if you’d like, begin on the very starting, which everyone knows is an excellent place to begin). Lay them out in order that they’re in the identical aircraft, pile, or circle. Observe that with organizing your locations in an analogous lay out the place you possibly can draw some type of line from begin to vacation spot. Now you recognize why I like going from left to proper. It simply visually is smart to me.

Along with your beginning factors and locations laid out, use your loopy, enjoyable, wild, and (even) your wise concepts to attach them. There are concepts which may show you how to attain a number of locations. Just remember to seize these. That may change into a vital determination making level for you. Get all these sticky notes on the market and ensure that each concept that you’ve got finds a house. It’s even potential that your concepts take you from a place to begin and don’t level to a vacation spot that you simply’ve considered. That’s okay. Simply get all of the concepts on the market the place you possibly can see them.

What about these sticky notes about your previous? Put them in a spot of prominence exterior of the remainder. I might put mine above the others. That is to remind you of the vital classes you’ve already discovered and a few of the failures that you simply’ve had they may assist to focus you on the place you’re going and that’s what’s most vital within the subsequent step.


Right here we go. The prior steps have been actually enjoyable. OK, at the very least I believe that they’re as a result of they’re based mostly in dreaming and being artistic. They’re about what is feasible. Now, we’ve to get right down to determining which of your potentialities you’ll work on. It’s time to begin paring down choices as a result of in the event you did this proper, there are extra potentialities obtainable to you than you could possibly probably successfully deal with in a single yr and even in 5 years.

Begin taking a look at these locations and determine that are essentially the most vital to getting your online business to the place you need it to be. What are your actual targets for your online business? The place do you need to be in 5 years? As you take a look at your potential locations, pull the probabilities that don’t match the place you need to go down and preserve them in a pile. Determine which of those locations it is possible for you to to succeed in in a yr, and which it’s worthwhile to push out to the 5 yr plan. These locations don’t need to be essentially the most sensible, the best, and even essentially the most price efficient. We haven’t even checked out these components but. That’s so that you can deal with later. What we need to reply now could be which locations are essentially the most vital so that you can get to the place you need to go?

Now that you’ve got solely these locations that finest show you how to get to the place you need to be, it’s worthwhile to take a look at the concepts that you simply posted and resolve which ones will get you to these locations. Take people who don’t show you how to get there and set them apart for later.

That is it. It’s the house stretch and hopefully you possibly can take the time to get right here. Create the plan. You don’t want all the implementation concepts, simply the majority of the plan. You’ll nonetheless want to speak the plan and work out the implementation after that. You may’t talk the plan till you may have a stable concept of what it truly is. That’s one other level for an additional day.

What you must have left in your wall, desk, or in stacks are a very powerful locations and that paths that may take you there. Take your locations and get them organized from longest time period to shortest time period. Right here’s a touch. These shorter-term locations are mile markers and celebration factors alongside the best way to the subsequent vacation spot. Then you definately resolve what actions it’s worthwhile to begin taking instantly to get to the shortest-term locations and what actions you possibly can push off to later.

The important thing with later actions is that you must resolve what has to occur to begin on them. For instance, when you have a aim of increasing your crew into two workplaces, it’s worthwhile to know what revenues it’s worthwhile to generate earlier than you are able to do that. It’s all about setting secondary milestones that let you know to do one thing else.

By the point you’re performed planning, you may have the subsequent 5 years all laid out, proper? Proper, at the very least it’s the proper plan for now. That’s why it is a quarterly course of. You don’t have to handle something past the present yr’s plan quarterly, however you do have to pay attention to the place you’re going long run. Whenever you STOP once more subsequent quarter, it’ll be simpler to get began since you’ll have stable info to begin with and also you’ll be higher at it. By the point you do that for a yr or two, you’ll be amazed at how significantly better you’ll be at creating plans that basically transfer issues ahead. Hopefully, it received’t take you lengthy to essentially plan some audacious targets. By the best way, preserve these sticky notes that you simply didn’t use in the present day. They may change into vital sufficient for an additional STOP day.

Now, STOP and see what’s forward.

PS – I needed to get this in in three items as a result of subsequent week is Vacation coverage language, Christmas version. YAY.


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