Simple steps to planning…

Every business needs to set clear goals and have a success plan. However, your plan will only be successful if you follow it through. Here are a few thoughts on how you can do this right now.

  • Make a work plan to accomplish your goals. This involves identifying in detail what you will do each hour, each day.
  • Each moment during the day, ask yourself, ‘How exactly is this particular action ensuring I achieve my goals?’
  • Prioritise tasks in the day to ensure you are working on both short and long term goals.
  • Do the most challenging task first.
  • At the end of each day take stock of what you have achieved and note how this has contributed to your success plan.

The work plan helps you define a critical path, i.e. the most important steps that must happen for the goal to become a reality and the key accomplishments to be achieved along the way.

Stephen Covey said:
“All things are created twice.”

There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation of all things. Once you have made sure that the blueprint, the first creation, is really what you want, that you’ve thought everything through, then you must translate this into doing the actual tasks.

Establish times for checking your progress in your calendar system, whatever it is: a digital planner, smart phone or a hand-written list. If you’re not making progress, don’t let your optimism keep you from accomplishing your goals.

No matter how positively you are thinking, you need to assess your lack of progress. Take a look at all of the factors that are keeping you from accomplishing your goals and develop a strategy to overcome them. Add these steps to your calendar system as part of your goal achievement plan.

Commit to making small changes each day in order to become more effective. At the end of each day and each week ask yourself, ‘What’s working well?’, ‘What do I need to do more of’, and ‘what do I need to do less of in order to achieve my success plan?’

Remember to focus on achievements and find ways to make your tasks fun and meaningful to you.

As you work through your success plan you will have an amazing and positively focussed week.



  • The UK and Ireland division of Brenntag, global distributor of chemical ingredients, received a multi-million-pound investment and launched its new UK head office, based in North Leeds.
  • Empiric, the property investor and operator of student accommodation, has acquired its second York site this week for £9.25m.
  • Yorkshire based Moda Living has agreed an £85m build-to-rent loan for its biggest development.
  • The Heart of London Business Alliance said international tourist spend in London’s West End throughout December surged by 25 per cent year-on-year, while retail sales went up by 15.4 per cent and footfall increased by 13.3 per cent.
  • Leeds-based metals business Kloeckner Metals UK have invested £7.7m in equipment after reporting increasing demand from the automotive sector.
  • Hull-based TRG Wind has increased its investment in staff and equipment after securing a seven-figure deal in the German renewables market. The firm will retrofit more than 560 wind turbines.
  • Construction, facilities management and professional services firm Titan Group has launched an office in Leeds to support its continued growth in the North.
  • Hugo Boss shares skyrocketed following an announcement that its full-year profits would be far better than expected with £2.39billion in sales for the year.
  • The second phase of a relief road in the East Riding, which will pave the way for a £200m mixed use scheme, has begun.
  • Brough Relief Road will open up land on the south of the railway to develop Brough South, a residential, retail, leisure and commercial scheme.
  • Yorkshire businessman Sir Robert Ogden will part fund a £10m a planned cancer treatment centre at a North Yorkshire hospital. The facility, at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, is being commissioned by the Macmillan charity.
  • Co-operative Group has welcomed positive quarter four trading results, making significant headway in its turnaround strategy. The retailer posted a like-for-like food sales rise of 3.4 per cent, helped by a 4 per cent increase in like-for-like at its core convenience stores.
  • The Jacamo, JD Williams and Simply Be owner, N Brown Group, saw an overall sales increase of 4.1 per cent, while retail sales rose 5.9 per cent in the 18 weeks to December 31.
  • Consumers spent £133 billion with UK retailers in 2016, £18 billion more than the amount spent online in 2015.
  • Zalando has broken the €1 billion barrier for the first time, the online retailer raked in €1.094 billion in revenues during its fourth quarter.
  • Legal & General secures funding for Kier’s £85m Arndale shopping centre extension in Eastbourne. Development will include 22 retail units, 300 extra car parking spaces, seven restaurants and a nine-screen cinema.
  • Womenswear retailer Hobbs recorded a 14.3 per cent year-on-year spike in total sales.
  • Leeds economy is worth £18 billion, a growth rate of almost 40% in the last decade. It’s the base to over 25,000 businesses and has the highest ratio of private to public sector jobs of all major UK cities.
  • US natural food maker Hain Celestial has entered into a joint venture to expand its brands in the Indian market with Future Consumer Ltd (FCL), the consumer products division of Indian conglomerate Future Group.
  • British car manufacturer Caterham has announced record sales figures for 2016, with nearly half of its transactions being with overseas customers.
  • Willmott Dixon has bagged a £28m science job in Wales for Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus. The build includes a seed biobank and processing facility, a bio-refining centre, an analytical science centre, a future food centre and an interaction hub.
  • A £335m joint venture of housing associations in the North and the Midlands has announced plans to deliver nearly 3,000 homes.
  • Wates has secured a £52.8m housing-driven mixed-use scheme in north London.

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