What is a Good 30 60 90 Day Plan? And How Do You Create One?

A Good 30 60 90 Day Plan is a Completed Template that Describes Your Goals, Risks, and Support Needed for the Next 3 Months.

The document lists your priorities (Goals), what might trip you up (Risks), and what you need from your business to achieve the goals (Support). In essence, your approach for the next 90 days of a new job, new role, being a new manager, or for a project.

When Could You Use a 30 60 90 Day Plan?

There are a number of applications for a 30 60 90 template. For example:
  • Applying for a new job and in the interview, they ask, ‘What would your first 3 months look like?’, you would create a 30 60 90 day plan for the interview.
  • Becoming a manager and you want to lead your team to success within the first 3 months, you would create a 30 60 90 day plan for a new manager or maybe it is an internal promotion and you want to make a good impression in your newly promoted role.
  • Wanting to re-ignite your sales team, you would create a 30 60 90 day plan for sales managers.

You would complete the 30 60 90 day plan template, which is available later in this article.

Why Would You Use a 30 60 90 Day Plan?

To focus. As most people know when you start a new job or take on a new role it can be overwhelming. By having your approach written you can focus on what is important. It is very possible that you look back at the last 3 months and ask yourself, ‘What did I do?’. Yes, you worked hard, replied to & sent a lot of emails, but what did you actually achieve?

A 30 60 90 day plan is like the North Star, keeping you focussed on what is important and the direction of travel. A sense check of what you are going to achieve so that you don’t get lost in just doing the do.

Close up of two people looking at a plan on paper

How Did this Tool Come About?

It is believed to be a version of the 100 Day Plan. The 100-day plan seems to be more popular with USA Presidents, though the roots are believed to have been derived from the French ‘Cent Jours‘ – 100 days. This refers to the period of 1815 between Napoleon Bonaparte’s return to Paris from exile on the island of Elba and his final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, after which King Louis XVIII regained the French throne.

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt made the first 100 days popular when he took office in 1933. Taking swift action to calm the nation’s crippling financial panic, where he then began rolling out the programs that made up his New Deal, including 15 major pieces of legislation in the first 100 days.

How to Create a 30 60 90 Plan by Completing the 306090 Template in 7 Steps?

The template below is available just by clicking on the image:

30 60 90 Day Plan Table showing Goals, Risks and Support

Then There are 7 Steps:

Step One

Why are you on the payroll?’. A simple question, but not always easy to answer. Before you do anything, find out what you are paid to do. Yes, many things, but what does the business expect you to achieve at a higher level? Start by looking at your job description. Also, speak with your stakeholders too, to ask their opinion on what your plan should contain.

Step Two

To complete the template will need you to choose. Yes, there is lots to do in the first 90-days, but what do you want to have proudly achieved after 3 months? This is the key question that must be answered. Once you have no more than 3 ideas of what you want to achieve, these then need writing as SMART targets.

You’ll need SMART targets because you’ll want to look back and know that you have achieved those targets. Whilst an ambiguous target is easy to write, it also will give you no job satisfaction when you look back because you will not know whether you achieved it.

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Step Three

Once you have your 3 SMART targets in column 2, then each target needs to have the biggest risk put against it. Identify the biggest reason that the goal/target will not be achieved.

Step Four

Once the risks are completed in column 4, then complete what support you need to achieve each target/goal. Write into column 5 what you need in order for those goals to happen and those risks to be reduced or eliminated.

Step Five

Share this completed 1-page template with your boss to get their feedback and you will need to do it quickly because the clock is ticking and you only have 90 days. If that 90 days is 3 months, and you work 5 days per week, then you only have 60 working days.

Step Six

Update the plan based on your boss’ feedback and share the updated copy with them and book your first 30 60 90 day plan review in their diary for 2-weeks time because you’ll want to check in with your line manager and share your progress. Plus, this will focus your mind. Share the elements of the plan that you want the team to see so that you can get them focused on achieving your goals too.

Step 7

Book with yourself a meeting to take a look at your 1-page 30 60 90 day plan Friday afternoon each week for no more than 15-minutes. In these sessions write one thing that you will do next week to keep the plan alive and on track.

What Does a Good Day Plan Look Like?

I have completed the template below for a manager. The example is for a new manager that has taken over the team and is keen to make a difference early on in their new job. The priorities that the new manager has chosen is about understanding their team, their clients, and delivering news idea.

Example of a 30 60 90 Day Plan for Managers

When the new manager looks back at the last 90 days they can be proud to have achieved:

  • An appraisal with each of their team and delivered one significant change that will make the team happier.
  • Met and gained clients from 7 clients and delivered one significant change that will make the clients happier.
  • Held an innovation day and delivered one significant change.
  • Mapped their team in terms of performing and not performing, with support plans in place.

For a new manager to achieve these 4 would look would impress most people and will provide the new manager with great job satisfaction. In essence, a 30 60, 90 day plan is about making choices that deliver focus and ultimately results.

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