It can be really frustrating to invest time in planning out your year, only to find out later that you haven’t accomplished what you set out to do.  

Keep in mind these 4 big reasons plans fall apart as you put yours together, and as you implement them along the way.  

1. You set and focus on outcome goals (the what) but not process goals (the how.)

Let’s say you decide you want to earn $8000 per month. That’s an outcome goal. It’s a result you want to achieve.

For your plan to work, you also need to set some process goals to go along with it, and then focus on hitting them routinely.

You need to ask yourself how you will earn $8000 per month and set process goals.

A process goal would be something like:
Hold 10 sales calls per month

Focus your mind and energy on scheduling and completing those 10 sales calls rather than just focusing on making the $8000.

2. You don’t measure your progress.

Notice how both the outcome and process goals I mentioned above are measurable? Attaching numbers like that helps you know if your plan is working or it’s not.

When you don’t measure and track your progress, you leave yourself open to:

  • burnout and resentment because you keep making the effort without knowing if you are creating the results
  • be distracted by the next new bright and shiny opportunity, which takes you off course and expends energy that could have been used to move you closer to your outcome goal
  • forget that you have a plan at all, because you have nothing to bring you back to it regularly

Focus on meeting your process goals regularly, and keep track of your progress on the outcome goal too, so you can make adjustments as you go.  Evaluate your actions to make sure that what you choose to do is helping you move towards your end goal.

3. You follow someone else’s plan

Your business is your business – not anyone else’s. So why would you follow someone else’s formula instead of creating a plan that would work best for you?

I’m becoming a bit of a business model geek (I love variety and it’s so fun to see all the different ways people structure their businesses.)

I also believe that you can build a prosperous business by doing what feels natural to you, even if it’s perceived as “different” or “unconventional” by others.

All the more reason to have a plan that fits you and your business.

Here’s a cheat sheet to help you decide how to get started on your plan for 2019 (there’s 6 options to choose from and you get to tailor the content.)

If you’re struggling to create your plan for the year, or you know that planning is not your strength but you want a great foundation to guide you, then Planned might be a good fit for you.

4. You keep your business plans separate from your personal plans

Let’s say your plan is to earn $5000 per month in your business, and one of your personal goals is to improve your health.

You’ll need to coordinate the two plans, otherwise implementing one just might de-rail the other!  Both take (and deserve) your time, energy and commitment.

The same applies for your planning calendar.  

I have my clients start with their personal commitments and then have them layer their business commitments over top.

Keeping the two isolated or leaving your personal life off of the calendar can leave you over-committed and/or scrambling to keep up.

Planning Facilitates Progress – 4 Tips to Keep Them on Track

Having a plan facilitates your progress from where you are now to where you want to be.  Making a plan is a critical part of your ability to achieve your goals and dreams.  

I’ve turned these 4 big reasons plans fall apart into these tips to help you keep yours on track:


  • set outcome goals (the what) as well as process goals (the how)
  • measure your progress on process goals so you can evaluate your actions
  • tailor your plan to your business, your goals, and your dreams, not anyone else’s
  • co-ordinate your personal plans with your business plans


Also known as The Gentle Results Coach, Mary Strachan helps heart-centred entrepreneurs and creatives achieve their goals and dreams without having to compromise their energy and well-being.  You can learn more about me here or say hi during weekly Open Office Hours.

Are you where you want to be in your business?  If you’re not, and you’d like to understand why you’re not making more progress towards what it is you say you want most, take this self-assessment