Quarterly Planning for Success

May 15, 2024


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I'm a Christian wife and proud boy mama on a mission to use my God-given talents to help you build and solid, sustainable foundations in life and business. I'm here to help you strengthen your roots, so you can thrive in your purpose and journey with confidence.

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Do you feel overwhelmed by annual planning? Thinking through an entire year to come up with a solid game plan for success can be daunting and overwhelming. However, shifting to quarterly planning for success can transform the way you approach your business. By focusing on shorter timeframes, you can better manage goals and objectives, reducing stress and increasing flexibility.

Understand Your Mental Capacity

Much like our phone batteries, some days we just burn through energy faster. While you may have been able to make 50 decisions yesterday without breaking a sweat, making 10 decisions today may leave you feeling overwhelmed and drained. Your mental capacity isn’t just about your ability to make a decision but is about the entire functioning of your brain and its creativity, functionality, and ability to think cognitively.

Early symptoms that your mental battery is running low include decreased focus, impulsivity, procrastination, and mental exhaustion. Fix these issues by giving your brain the break it needs. Implement micro-breaks, movement to reset your focus, breathing exercises, grabbing a snack, or maybe even a short power nap. Quality rest is more important than the length.

Prolonged Fatigue: Know the Signs

Struggling with prolonged decision fatigue can negatively impact your body, life, and business. Signs of prolonged decision fatigue include feeling mentally drained even after rest, a notable decrease in enthusiasm or motivation, increased irritability, impatience, or frustration, and difficulties with memory.

At this point, your brain needs more than a weekend off to recalibrate. Entrepreneurs often find themselves in emotionally and physically exhausting seasons. If you can’t fully step away, be mindful of working at a shorter mental capacity and be more intentional with your time. Incorporate activities other than work and, when possible, take a longer break.

Reduce Decisions: Simplify Your Day

Limiting the number of decisions you make daily helps keep decision fatigue at bay. You can try:

  • Planning Ahead: Set goals, plan lunches, and schedule tasks to reduce decisions later.
  • Delegate and Automate: Limit repeatable tasks to keep things exciting and free up your time and mental capacity.
  • Establish Routines: Ensure you’re taking care of yourself and giving your brain the mental break it needs.
  • Learn Your Limits: Recognize how your brain’s energy fluctuates throughout the day and plan accordingly.

By understanding your mental capacity, implementing rest, and limiting decision-making, you can overcome average decision fatigue. Quarterly planning for success helps prevent it from evolving into prolonged fatigue that negatively impacts your life and business.

Boost Motivation and Productivity

Quarterly planning for success is similar to annual planning, except you focus on smaller chunks of time. This approach offers a shorter timeframe to achieve your goals, boosting motivation and productivity. Shorter timeframes also help limit procrastination and provide more flexibility to pivot when necessary.

Frequent Course Correctio

With quarterly planning for success, you can assess what is and isn’t working more frequently. Market trends and business priorities constantly evolve. If a particular strategy isn’t yielding the desired results, you can correct it sooner, saving time and resources.

Review and Reflect on Your Progress

Looking back at your progress can give you new encouragement to keep moving forward. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the future and our goals, overlooking what we’ve already accomplished. This reflection is especially important when you face challenges and aren’t where you want to be.

Spend time reflecting on the blessings and achievements of your business over the past year by journaling. What are you most grateful for in your entrepreneurial journey? What prayers related to your business were answered last quarter? What challenges and setbacks did you face? How well did you balance your personal, business, and spiritual life? How effectively did you manage your business resources?

Focus on Future Goals

Now that you understand what you’ve accomplished, turn your attention to the future. Ask God to join your planning so you can better align your goals with His vision for your future and business.

Success looks different for everyone. Spend some time identifying your definition of success before setting goals for the coming months. Success is defined by you. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when laying the groundwork for a successful next quarter and embracing your role as a purposeful entrepreneur.

If you’re tired of feeling overwhelmed and scattered in your entrepreneurial journey, check out The Sustainable Foundation Collective and join other Christian women entrepreneurs as we transform chaos into calm, uncertainty into confidence, and dreams into structured reality!

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I'm a Christian wife and proud boy mama on a mission to use my God-given talents to help you build and solid, sustainable foundations in life and business. I'm here to help you strengthen your roots, so you can thrive in your purpose and journey with confidence.

I'm ashleigh —Business Efficiency Coach

I'm a business efficiency consultant and systems expert, dedicated to assisting Christian business owners in constructing robust systems and structures for their businesses.

My mission is to help them reclaim their time, enhance client experiences, generate consistent income, and cultivate simple yet powerful habits.

With over a decade of experience in automating and implementing efficient business practices, I discovered my true passion in guiding women-led businesses to avoid burnout and create scalable systems for growth.

Let's work together to build a foundation that supports your business's success while maintaining your well-being and balance.


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