resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview
resource preview

Download and customize this and 500+ other business templates

Start here ⬇️

Voila! You can now download this Presentation

Download

Preview

Synopsis

Start your yearly planning early with our 2021 Calendar slides, available in light and dark modes, and give your business, professional and personal life the direction and momentum to experience its best year yet. Reflect, let go, schedule, brainstorm, define New Year's resolutions, set goals and upgrade your mindset to match your dreams in 2021.

stars icon
25 questions and answers
info icon

Early planning can contribute to a successful year by providing direction and momentum. It allows you to reflect on the past, let go of what didn't work, schedule important tasks, brainstorm new ideas, define resolutions, set goals, and upgrade your mindset to match your dreams. This process can help you to be more prepared and focused, thus increasing the chances of having a successful year.

You can use a calendar for personal planning in several ways. Firstly, you can schedule your tasks and appointments to manage your time effectively. Secondly, you can use it to set goals and track your progress towards them. Thirdly, you can use it to plan your personal life events like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Lastly, you can use it to reflect on your past activities and plan for future ones.

A calendar can help in managing your professional life by allowing you to schedule important meetings, deadlines, and events. It can also help you set goals and track your progress towards them. By having a visual representation of your time, you can better manage your workload and ensure that you are not overcommitting yourself. Furthermore, a calendar can help you establish a routine and create a balance between your work and personal life.

View all 25 questions
stars icon Ask AI
info icon

Download and customize this and 500+ other business templates

Start here ⬇️

Voila! You can now download this Presentation

Download

Slide highlights

Slides, such as this one give you flexibility and functionality of various customizable designs. For instance, you can use them to add brief notes to your plan for a particular month, quarter, week or day.

resource image

Use this slide if you need to create a business calendar for a month. For example, monthly calendars are perfect for planning marketing and social media campaigns around trends and holidays.

resource image

For your convenience, the dates have been matched correctly to the days of the year 2021. For yearly planning, consider SWOT analysis, a tool to reveal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

resource image
stars icon
25 questions and answers
info icon

These slides can be used in various ways for planning social media campaigns. Apart from adding brief notes for a particular time period, they can be used to create a business calendar for a month. This is particularly useful for planning marketing and social media campaigns around trends and holidays. For yearly planning, these slides can be used for conducting a SWOT analysis to reveal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

Apart from using these slides for adding brief notes to your plan for a particular month, quarter, week or day, and creating a business calendar for a month, you can also use them for yearly planning using SWOT analysis. This tool can help reveal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Additionally, these slides can be used to plan marketing and social media campaigns around trends and holidays.

In addition to the monthly calendar design, other customizable designs that can be used with these slides include weekly, daily, and quarterly calendars. You can also use them for SWOT analysis for yearly planning. These designs are perfect for planning marketing and social media campaigns around trends and holidays.

View all 25 questions
stars icon Ask AI
info icon

Overview

Planning is essential for any company of any size. But, as Alessandro Di Fiore, the founder and CEO of the European Centre for Strategic Innovation (ECSI) and ECSI Consulting, puts in in his piece for "Harvard Business Review:" "executives are wary of planning because it feels rigid, slow and bureaucratic." The remedy for this issue, Di Fiore says, is agile planning.

stars icon
25 questions and answers
info icon

Agile planning can be adapted to suit different types of businesses by making it flexible and responsive to changes. It involves iterative and incremental work sequences known as sprints. The planning process is broken down into smaller, manageable parts, allowing for adjustments and refinements as the project progresses. This approach allows businesses to adapt quickly to changes and deliver value to customers faster.

The future of agile planning is promising as it offers a solution to the rigidity, slowness, and bureaucracy often associated with traditional planning methods. Agile planning allows for flexibility and adaptability, making it an increasingly popular choice among businesses of all sizes.

Agile planning trends are not explicitly mentioned in the content. However, based on general knowledge, some trends include the use of digital tools for better collaboration, increased focus on customer feedback, and continuous adaptation to changes.

View all 25 questions
stars icon Ask AI
info icon

Per Di Fiore, agile planning has a number of characteristics, which include:

  • frameworks and tools able to deal with a future that will be different
  • the ability to cope with more frequent and dynamic changes
  • the need for quality time to be invested for a true strategic conversation rather than simply being a numbers game
  • resources and funds are available in a flexible way for emerging opportunities
stars icon
24 questions and answers
info icon

One can ensure that resources and funds are available in a flexible way for emerging opportunities by implementing strategic financial planning and management. This includes setting aside a portion of the budget for unexpected opportunities, maintaining a diverse portfolio of investments, and regularly reviewing and adjusting the budget as necessary. It's also important to have a contingency plan in place for unforeseen circumstances.

Some strategies to ensure that strategic conversations are not simply a numbers game include investing quality time in the conversation, being flexible and open to emerging opportunities, and being able to cope with frequent and dynamic changes. It's also important to use frameworks and tools that can deal with a future that will be different.

One can ensure that strategic conversations are productive and not just a numbers game by investing quality time in these conversations. It's important to focus on the future and be prepared for dynamic changes. Also, having flexible resources and funds for emerging opportunities can help in making strategic conversations more productive.

View all 24 questions
stars icon Ask AI
info icon
resource image

Download and customize this and 500+ other business templates

Start here ⬇️

Voila! You can now download this Presentation

Download

Application

Society for Creative Founders lists these steps for planning a productive and satisfying year:

  • Think "bigger picture" – first, dump everything you can think of on paper. Don't worry about the order of goals, accuracy or even how realistic it is to accomplish them. Then think about what the number one priority is, circle it and list all the tasks needed to accomplish the biggest goal.
  • Cross off three months of the year – when the goals are determined, look at your year and cross off three months you will not set goals for new things to do for your business because your need to account for when life is going to happen (and it sure will).
  • Create an ideal week – look at every single hour of the day and decide which days will be dedicated to achieving your goals. "Plugin the times you'll do your personal items as well – for example, if you know you want to begin your morning reading a book or going for a walk, write that down!" the experts say.
  • Use time blocking – see if you can use time blocking to help you complete more in one sitting. Try to block out 2-3 hours to focus solely on one task.
  • Learn which tools help you the best – next year, choose one planner and one productivity tool to master and stick with it for at least 90 days. Scientists suggest that it takes 66 days to develop a habit, but if you know you have a high priority for the quarter, you can dedicate the whole 90 days to improving the process.
  • Don't be afraid to change direction – make sure to be open to possibilities that could present themselves next year. "You don't want to be so focused on sticking to the goals that you set for yourself in January that you don't see that perhaps your business is shifting in a new direction," the experts say.
  • Appreciate consistent and steady progress – think out one goal, one task, one day, one hour at a time. Working through them at a steady, consistent pace will help to not only check-in continually, but also be able to see the progress you make, knowing it is from a place of mindfulness rather than hustle.
stars icon Ask AI
info icon
resource image
resource image

Statistics

To help you plan the upcoming year like a pro, we turned to a study conducted by Harvard University. Researchers tracked the time allocation of 27 CEOs for a full quarter. The companies run by the CEOs surveyed were primarily public and had an average annual revenue of $13.1 billion during the study period.

stars icon Ask AI
info icon

Here is what the study found:

CEOs make time for personal well-being

Given that work could consume every hour of their lives, CEOs have to set limits so that they can preserve their health and their relationships with family and friends. Most of the CEOs in the study recognized that. They slept, on average, 6.9 hours a night, and many had regular exercise routines, which consumed about 9% of their non-work hours (45 minutes a day).

stars icon Ask AI
info icon

They work face-to-face

The top job in a company involves primarily face-to-face interactions, which took up 61% of the work time of the CEOs we studied. Another 15% was spent on the phone or reading and replying to written correspondence. The final 24% was spent on electronic communications, the researchers found.

They avoid the lure of email

In theory, email helps leaders cut down on face-to-face meetings and improve productivity. In reality, many find it ineffective and a dangerous time sink – but one they have trouble avoiding. Email interrupts work, extends the workday, intrudes on time for family and thinking and is not conducive to thoughtful discussions. CEOs are endlessly copied on For Your Information (FYI) emails and feel pressured to respond because ignoring an email seems rude.

stars icon Ask AI
info icon

They are agenda-driven

The CEOs invested significant time – 43%, on average – in activities that furthered their agendas. Some were far more disciplined about this than others. In fact, time devoted to the core agenda varied widely, ranging from 14% to 80% of leaders' work hours. Most CEOs the researchers talked with agreed that the more time they spent on their agendas, the better they felt about their use of time.

stars icon Ask AI
info icon

They rely heavily on their direct reports

The CEOs invested significant time – 43%, on average – in activities that furthered their agendas. Some were far more disciplined The study found that about half (46%) of a CEO's time with internal constituencies was spent with one or more direct reports, and 21% of it was spent only with direct reports. The total time spent with direct reports ranged from a low of 32% of the time with internal constituencies to a high of 67%.

stars icon Ask AI
info icon

They manage using broad integrating mechanisms

The most powerful integrating mechanisms include strategy (on which CEOs in the study spent an average of 21% of their work time), functional and business unit reviews (25% of their time), developing people and relationships (25% of their time), matching organizational structure and culture with the needs of the business (16% of their time) and mergers and acquisitions (4% of their time).

stars icon Ask AI
info icon

They are always in meetings

CEOs attend an endless stream of meetings, each of which can be totally different from the one before and the one that follows. Their sheer number and variety is a defining feature of the top job. On average, the leaders in our study had 37 meetings of assorted lengths in any given week and spent 72% of their total work time in meetings.

stars icon Ask AI
info icon

They juggle many external constituencies

While the CEOs the researcher surveyed spent the majority of their time (70%, on average) dealing with internal constituencies, a good chunk (30%, on average) was spent with outsiders: 16% with business partners, such as customers, suppliers, bankers, investors, consultants, lawyers, PR firms and other service providers; 5% with the company's board of directors; and 9% on other outside commitments (service on other boards, industry groups, dealing with the media and the government and community and philanthropic activities).

stars icon Ask AI
info icon

Download and customize this and 500+ other business templates

Start here ⬇️

Voila! You can now download this Presentation

Download