Goals; love or hate the word, if you are in business, you’re no stranger to setting them. While you might disguise them as strategic planning, budgets, or simply, meetings, you are constantly working with an end result in mind; the goal.
The proof in the pudding, lies not so much in the goal setting, but more so in the follow through. And while tempted as I am to write a post on the myriad of ways to set goals, today I’m focusing on how to make them happen.
Block off 2 dates in your calendar approximately 6 months apart as your non-negotiable reoccurring bi-annual goal setting refresher. Use this time to dream, monitor, tweak and reignite an action plan for the months that lie ahead.
- What works for me: We combine our February wedding anniversary celebration 1 – 3 nights away from home, kids, office and life as we usually know it, with a goal setting refresher. While we don’t follow a strict schedule, we do spend a couple of hours each day reflecting on our own goals, and then come together again later that day to chat about what we’ve worked on, what inspires us and what we are aiming for in the next couple of months and/or years. In July, we book ourselves off just for the day to recap on our February session. Sometimes it’s nothing more than a good couple of hours at our favourite coffee shop, but it does the trick and keeps us on track.
Break big overwhelming lists into manageable sized chunks to prevent procrastination.
- What works for me: I do my goal setting on an Excel spread sheet with the following 6 column headings: “Description of the goal/desire”, “1st quarter”, “2nd quarter”, “3rd quarter”, “4th quarter”, “+”. I place an “X” in the cell representing when I choose to focus on the goal so that I only need to focus on that quarter’s goals instead of being overwhelmed by a long list.
100% Strategy x 0% Execution = Zero. Block off a half or full day every month to check in with your progress. Monitor and tweak accordingly.
- What works for me: I have a recurring calendar appointment scheduled for the last Friday of every month where I take myself somewhere fabulous like the waterfall at Cascade Country Manor, to focus on big picture business strategy and personal goals.
Ask a colleague or friend to help you with accountability.
- What works for me: I share my goals, setbacks and successes with a trusted accountability buddy. We meet for 10 minutes every Sunday evening on Skype where we both have an opportunity to check in with where we are at. Just knowing I’m going to need to check in every week, helps me stay on track on a daily basis.
Do something every day towards reaching your goals.
- What works for me: Reading was something I always wanted to do but never made time for. I’ve started waking up at 5am every week day morning to read in my area of expertise. Besides getting to hear the birds chirping, I’m amazed at how many times what I read that morning, I use during my day.
There is no wrong or right when it comes to reaching your goals. Please share in the comments what works well for you.