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2018 Strategic Planner

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This 2018 Strategic Planner will give your business LIFE!

Having a vision is mandatory in any business. Being able to stay focused, be accountable, follow through and execute are completely different skill sets.

The number one frustration I get from business owners and managers is the lack of ability to complete what they started. There will always be bumps in the road and detours, but staying the course is truly the only way to make sure you can make your vision a reality.

To help you get started on the right foot, every Sunday evening starting January 7th, a new video will be release helping you break down your strategic goals. Those videos can be found on our Facebook page Apostrophe-Consulting.

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Benefits of a Scope Management Plan

Planning & Defining Scope is about determining and documenting a list of specific project goals, deliverables, tasks, costs, and deadlines.

A key element to avoid scope creep requires implementing a Scope Management Plan 

A Scope Management Plan

Explains the roles and responsibilities for each participant in the scope management process.

Helps effectively manage the triple constraint elements of time/schedule, budget,    and quality.

Helps prioritize and reduce ad hoc work requests, which can save time and money.

Facilitates productive communications with stakeholders and their team.

Serves as a tool to manage client expectations, workload balancing,

and team morale.

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Greece

My first project was planning my lifelong dream trip to Greece. I had no clue that what I was doing was project management. Back then before all of the apps and templates, I used a 2-inch binder with dividers and a printed calendar that I color coded into phases.

I remember trying to plan every detail about a place I had never been to, thinking, this seems impossible. I was deep into the weeds of making this trip happen and I wanted to make sure every single thing I read about, I experienced.

Solid Advice

Focus

Such a small word, huge responsibility. It is so easy to be all over the place.

Here are my top 5 tips to stay focused when working on a project.

  1. Know what needs to be done. Don’t spend time wondering what you need to do, keep an ongoing to-do list handy. After every meeting, there are always to-do’s. Write them down. Bonus write a due date next to the task to add some urgency.
  2. Prioritize your day. If your office is busy first thing in the morning, use that time to clean or organize. If lunchtime in your office is like a social hour, master your to-do list first thing in the morning.
  3. Use a project management tool. Don’t freak out. You can use a calendar. Set aside time to complete tasks. This is a great time management tool as well. Sometimes we misjudge the amount of time it will take to complete a task. Using a calendar will help.
  4. Accountability. Find a coworker that will hold you accountable. If you work solo, reward yourself based on completion. I use Microsoft project to manage almost all of my projects. Each morning I spend about 30 minutes making sure I update it. I won’t get coffee until I have completed this task. I love my coffee, so this is a huge motivator for me.
  5. Step Away. Our brain can only handle about 45 minutes or so on a task at a time. After that, we start to wander into la la land. You all of a sudden remember that you need to respond to that Facebook post from yesterday. Step Away! Give your brain and body a break! Clear your mind and then come back fresh.

BONUS TIP! Don’t multitask! Start and finish one task at a time. If the task will take more than 45 minutes, break it up into smaller tasks. If you are getting ready for an event, you might list “finish swag bags” as a task. If you have 100 bags to do, you might want to break that up. This task might include confirming you have all swag for bags. Do you have to pick it up, do you have to put any items