While approaching NaNoWriMo, I learned a new technique as a writer and saw an immediate application to improve the process of Business Planning for those of us who are more visual or artistic in nature.
An outline is important to the success of a story, and a Business Plan is important to your success story as a Picture Framing Shop or Gallery owner. The traditional approach can put us off from the process of planning, leading to haphazard decisions, plot lines that go nowhere...Our business will wander without direction to oblivion.
But here's a technique that's fun and brings the plan forward in an intuitive manner. Mind-mapping! Use colored pencils or markers and choose a color to represent your center. Write the first word that occurs to you. This can be your endpoint, or where you are now. Begin adding colors, words, images if you'd like, that build out from this center in all directions. Some may circle back and most will interconnect to other ideas you've represented.
The point is to be free and express whatever associations you find as you represent your path to success. You may be surprised what shows up on this map from your mind and how many great points you'll find to work on with a purpose.
Enjoy the process of creating and discovering all those goals and ideas for getting where you want to go, and enjoy following your map to a stronger business and more directed workdays.
-Sheri J. Kennedy, Editor