Plan for success with a 90-day plan
Do you have a tangible plan in place to support you to get your career from where it is, to where you want it to be?
Something that outlines your key priorities, guides your actions and keeps you focussed and on track?
If you don’t, know that you’re not alone … many mid-level professional women I meet don’t have a plan in place for their success. They often tell me they know what they don’t want – but are unable to articulate for themselves or others what they do want.
Which usually means, they aren’t quite where they want to be in their careers because of it.
Why are 90 day plans so important?
When we don’t have a clear vision or a plan, we tend to ‘float about’ doing bits and pieces of everything.
Our days and actions lack intention and direction and while we are still being busy, we’re not being as effective as we could be, nor are we working to our full potential.
A 90 day plan helps you get clear about where you do and do not want to be adding value in your workplace.
Rather than being everything to everyone and the ‘Jack (Jill) of all trades’, your plan helps you stay focussed, in your lane and moving in the direction of the growth, impact and recognition you crave and are more than capable of.
90 day plans really do have the potential to be the stepping stone to your success – I’ve seen it happen time and time again!
How to create your 90 day plan
1 – Start with the end in mind
In order to get to where you want to be, you first need to know where you want to go!
Consider for yourself – what would you like to be doing/working on/experiencing/have completed in your workplace in 90 days?
Be aspirational and innovative, but also be realistic (there is only so much you can get done in 90 days after all!)
Is there a project you want to initiate and get off the ground?
Is there something you want to have finalised and signed off?
Is there a new way of showing up in meetings you want to aspire to?
2 – Let go of the less important
Many of us waste many hours in our week doing things that don’t ultimately support us to move forward in our careers …
Being available to everyone – all of the time, micro-managing others, being a ‘YES’ woman, constantly doubting ourselves – the list goes on and on.
Make a note of all the things that are standing between you and where you want to be in your career so you can recognise them when they arise, and choose a different path for yourself.
3 – Create an environment for success
Now that you’re clear on the things that are standing between you and where you want to be, you can create an environment for success.
This could include doing external things like shutting your door when you’re in deep work mode, being focussed and intentional in meetings, or encouraging your team to independently problem solve …
Or internal things like seeking out professional supervision for support, working on your self belief and confidence, or connecting with a community of fellow mid-level career women who understand you and the unique challenges you face in your workplace. (Join my FREE online community for mid career professional women here!)
4 – Write it down
It’s one thing to know where you want to focus your time and energy, but ambition is fruitless without a plan.
Write down your goals, schedule time to work on them in your calendar, and then commit!
5 – Review
At the end of the 90 days, set time aside to review your progress.
Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get all your goals ticked off – learn from it!
Did your commitment waiver, and do you need support to stay on track?
Did you get inundated with other work, and do you need to share the load?
Did you put too many goals on your plate, and set yourself up to fail?
From there, you can create another plan for your next 90 days!
6 – Celebrate
Goal setting quickly becomes a chore if we’re not celebrating our progress along the way.
Don’t just celebrate your big wins – celebrate your small ones too!
You spoke up in a meeting, even when you felt scared to? AMAZING!
You got a project off the ground? EXCELLENT!
You said ‘no’ and honoured your boundaries, when you’d normally say ‘yes’? GO YOU!
These are all incredible achievements that deserve to be celebrated.
Need 1:1 help getting clear on where you want to take your career and how to create a 90 day plan that gets you from A to B?
Book in for a Leadership Support Session here, and together we’ll create a plan for your success!