Preparing for Next Year

Preparing for Next Year

Planning at this time in the year allows you to mull over the situation in front of you and your team.

The end of the summer is fast approaching. Your employees are working hard, temperatures are high, and your customers need you more than ever thanks to pent-up demand.

If this describes your current situation — what should you do about your business? The answer is simple. Start planning for next year. Here’s why:

  1. Planning at this time in the year allows you to mull over the situation in front of you and your team. You can make detailed notes of what is working and what isn’t, then file them away for your formal planning sessions at the end of the summer season.
  2. Reflection forces you to start developing a realistic goal for next year that is based on your real-time observations this year. In-season planning forces you to see what you are leaving on the table and how you can benefit through improved staffing, better customer service, and a more robust bottom line.
  3. Real-time ideation once a week will be beneficial in tackling tasks down the road. To execute this, simply ask your employees to write down three things that went right and three things that need to be improved from their workweek.

    Implementing these three points will give you some improvement this year, but most importantly — will position you for a banner year in 2016. When planning time rolls around in the fall you will be ready to rock ‘n’ roll. On the surface, early planning for next year may sound crazy but this set up will only take a little bit of your time and will help you begin 2016 in a proactive and organized manner. Try spending two hours a week on this process and see if it makes a genuine difference for you.

Mike Moore offers HVAC advice for managers, technicians, and sales teams daily on Facebook, Twitter and a blog. Follow Mike and stay in the know.

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