December 18th, 2020
In business, planning doesn’t really work.
Planning is like New Year’s resolutions.
We set New Year’s resolutions because we want to change something.
But we don’t want to change now. We want to change later.
This is procrastination.
We like the idea of “the new us”, but we don’t like it enough to actually do the work involved and build the necessary habits. That’s why we usually fall back to our old selves on January 8.
If we really wanted these changes, we would have started yesterday.
It’s the same in business. Planning is like setting New Year’s Resolutions for your business.
It’s exciting to “make big plans”. We feel really good when we do it, and it’s fun!
(The fact that business planning feels so fun is already a sign that it’s bad)
But just like getting a six-pack requires going to the gym and eating 1200 calories/day, reaching ambitious business goals also require a serious change to how we work every single day.
So, the better thing to do is figure out how you can change/improve your business through daily work/habits.
Break things down into their smallest tasks and work on those tasks every single day.
Get things done as quickly as possible, and try to be as complete as possible with your work.
Software teams have done exactly this with the Agile implementation framework.
Agile is anti-planning. At most, there is a one-hour meeting every two weeks with what needs to get done.
At Starter Story we also operate this way. One meeting every two weeks to get on the same page with what we’re working on.
We break things down to the smallest possible tasks and execute on them. The faster, the better.
Things change every day, and so do we.
We have ambitious goals, clear direction, and a strong vision, but no elaborate plans to get there.
Just a place to express our ideas freely, and good systems in place to get work done, fast.