The more your grow, the more important your planning time and process are to keeping you on the right path.

It’s easy to get caught up in the “doing” of business under the assumption that “doing” is the path the growth, but without short and long-range planning – and specifically action steps to guide your “doing” – you’ll just be treading water…or sinking.

Small Business Strategist Jackie Nagel offers these five types of planning is your critical levels of detail:

  1. Annual Strategic Planning: provides the framework for decision-making that translates into daily action (plan #5 below) that keeps you focused and on fire.
  2. Quarterly Planning: establishes focus for the upcoming three months AND gives you the opportunity to realign or readjust your planning practice
  3. Monthly Planning: stay on top of what’s working and what’s not, and make small adjustments to keep you on the right track
  4. Weekly Planning: keeps priority activities at the forefront – typically client acquisision activities and talent acquisition activities
  5. Daily Planning: sets the tone and direction of every day with a plan for using your resources: your time, your staff, your tools.

Armed with these levels of planning, you can more easily enjoy seeing the strengthening and growth of your business.

Read the full article on LinkedIn.