How to Write a 30-60-90-Day plan
A 30-60-90-day plan is a reliable method of planning out activities that you want to set within the next 3 months. It's also one of the documents employees present to a company when applying for a job as it gives a sense of professionalism and preparedness in you. Hence, when applying for a job, not only does it improve your reputation to your would-be employers, but it also sets their goals and expectations for you as an employee and gives you criteria to follow. To assist you, make use of planning templates.
So how do you write a good 30-60-90-day plan? Here are a few tips.
1. Understand the Goal of Your Plan
Make it clear what your goal is. If you want your training plan to be successful, you have to know what it's supposed to do, achieve, and how you intend to get there. Presenting a 30-60-90-day plan and actually knowing how you can make it a reality gives an impression of preparedness than simply just using it as a prop. Make sure that this is the first thing your plan makes clear and the rest is easy.
2. Set Realistic Goals
Now that you have an idea on how to use the basic plan, make sure that your plan is actually doable. Don't plan to be the next employee of the year within just 90 days—set realistic goals for yourself. It varies on the job, but the best thing to do is use your plan to track progress and to set criteria based on what you want to achieve per month (more on that in the next tip).
3. Plan Out Your 90 Days
You have 90 days to fulfill your plan and be a good employee. You may not be the employee of the year after this plan, but it's a step in the right direction. Here is a sample of how you can do it:
- For the first 30 days (Month 1) you can work on the basics of the job and adjust to the new environment. Make new friends, ask around and try to be a good sport to everyone while you learn the ropes of the new job. Tell yourself that you are allowed to make mistakes in this stage but you also have to learn from them as best you can.
- Your next 30 days (Month 2) are your growing up days. Around this time you've already developed a pattern to your work. You've got the basics down and you're starting to get a hang of your tasks. Now it's time for the intermediate tasks, the ones that are not as easy as before but still doable. This will help you grow and improve your work while you continue on your 90 days. You still ask help from time to time but you pretty much stand on your own.
- The final 30 days (Month 3) is when you learn to be independent at work. You have a set daily pattern; you know how to get things done and what to do and not to do in the office. By this time you are on par with some of the older employees and you know that you've successfully made your plan a reality.
You may use a planning checklist to see if you have accomplished certain tasks.
4. Don't Ignore the Details
When you make a strategic plan, it's never really set in stone. Some things can change and/or disrupt your growth and you'll have to adjust somehow—don't be too hard on yourself if you have to do so. A good plan has a set start, process, and end, but a great plan gives allowance for the unexpected.
It's always good to proofread your work. This gives you a chance to correct grammatical errors, rearrange items in better order, or add in new items before you finally print it out. Remember that the first draft is rarely the best draft.