Have you ever gone full force into a new business plan or groundbreaking projects?
I don’t mean full force like you’re a little excited and work late a couple of nights.
I’m talking full force like you are a three-year-old on Christmas morning that just saw the presents under the tree for the first time. Like you forgot everything else in the world existed. You couldn’t succumb to your rational thoughts if you wanted to.
If you have — you probably know it’s not such a good idea.
Don’t get me wrong; enthusiasm is vital when it comes to business success. Forgetting your foundation, however, is a quick recipe for disaster.
Here’s some advice on how to implement a new plan properly.
Complete Projects One Step at a Time
When you create a new plan or project for your business, it is essential to implement it one step at a time so that you do not disrupt your workflow or cause a downward spiral of disaster when something with your new plan goes wrong. Replace one part of your old process with a component of the new process and move forward piece by piece instead of all at once.
It’s Not One and Done; Test Before Moving On
As you implement each piece of the plan, be sure to test for your desired results. By examining small portions of your new plan at a time, you can help to ensure that you will not lose any critical data, compromise client information, or disrupt a workflow that will impact your bottom line.
Always Have a Back-Up Plan
There’s still the possibility something could go wrong when you are completing something new. Knowing what you are going to do when that prevents you from having to start over from scratch or from losing valuable work time.
Excitement feels good in the moment. Take your time and move one step at a time. That’ll make the result even sweeter.
Jen McFarland is a business systems expert, podcaster, and blogger. She’s helped hundreds of businesses and thousands of podcast listeners make better business decisions. Jen’s passion is helping women-owned businesses get the growth tools they need to meet their 3-5 year business goals.
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