Let’s get real for a second and talk about business goal setting.
We got so excited at the beginning of the year from all the big goals we set for ourselves.
We ask ourselves: How are we actually going to do this? Where do we begin?
We want to achieve all our goals WHEN WE SET THEM!
But we have no clue how. We sometimes even buy a course or a book and we start to read it but by page five we understand that it’s not really what we were hoping for.
And that’s why we feel overwhelmed and defeated.
One study shows that the end of January is the most depressing time of the year and that by January 15th of every year, 95% of people have already broken their New Year’s resolutions.
Most of the time, the problem is a lack of planning. It’s great to have a resolution or goal, but without a clear-cut, detailed plan of action, it just becomes a wish, an idea, a nice-to-have. If you can learn how to plan out your goals (business and personal) and assignments, your can actually achieve the and see real results. You will also of course save a lot of time and aggravation.
1. Break down your goals to bits and pieces and every week focus on just two or three things you want to achieve. Then break it down to tasks.
For example, let’s say that the big goal is to work on your website, then you break it down to learning about web design, interviewing web designers, looking for websites you love and that inspire you, working on the content of the site, getting a profile image for your website, etc.
The next step is to break it down even more to weekly and daily assignments.
Week of January 16th – send emails to my friends and ask them if they know a web designer
Do the same on social media
Tasks: Monday – send emails
Tuesday – post on Linkedin
Wednesday – post on Facebook
Friday – create a list of all the web designers suggested
Week of January 23rd – interview web designers and ask them to send examples of their works
Monday – email and interview web designers 1 & 2
Wednesday – interview web designer 3 & 4
Week of January 30th – photo for website
Monday – look around for photographers
Wednesday – contact photographers and ask for examples
Friday – schedule a photoshoot
2. Next, open your calendar and copy the assignments into it. Give it a specific day and time frame. Once you completed an assignment, put a check by it. It will make you feel driven, organized and focused.
3. Now, Instead of doing this goal-setting plan once a year, I like to do it every three months. This way I reevaluate my goals and progress regularly and stay on top of my business.
And this is how
-I keep the momentum going
-I Have a clear to-do list to follow
-I don’t get overwhelmed
-I don’t procrastinate
-I follow through
-My business is keep growing
So put it on your calendar for every 3 months. Clear one day and make this happen. Commit to it and see what happens.
One last thing, try to accomplish the tasks first thing in the morning when your mind is clearer and your clients’ work and other shiny objects will not distract you.