You’re spending a lot of time reviewing what worked for you this year and what didn’t. What you want to change and what you want to do the same.
Ultimately, you want to kick booty next year and reach those amazing goals you’ve set for yourself.
In order to do that, it’s all about planning to make it happen.
The beginning of the year is dedicated to the excitement of newness. New goals. New opportunities. And, new successes.
But, as the year progresses..sometimes that excitement dies off. It happens to us all.
But, how can you ensure that you not only continue to work towards your goals, but also meet them?
Glad you asked, chica!
Are you with me?
They aren’t revolutionary…but, they are easy to implement, actionable, and guaranteed to get you reaching those goals. Basic consistency is what gets things done.
So, as you think about this year and plan for the next, think about which of these strategies will help you reach those big audacious goals you’ve set for yourself! Here’s to kicking booty!
You’ve probably got a list of pesky things that you’d love to get done, only if you had more time. Or, you probably want to spend a bit more time improving yourself in a certain area. This is where the Black & White (B&W) goal comes into play. It’s a goal that you absolutely must stick to – no matter what. It leaves no room for interpretation. Sounds scary doesn’t it?! But, I assure you it’s not. It’s for your own good.Think of the one thing that you want to commit to do every day (or week or month) next year. And, make a promise to yourself that you will complete it.
A few years ago, my B&W goal was to write one post each week. No matter what, I posted an article each week.
This year, my B&W goal is to post on Social Media daily (both Twitter and Facebook)!! I need to up my Social Media game and I want to learn more about a few of the platforms.
Think of something you want to get done and make it happen, captain! Choose your B&W goal and stick to it. (Although, I wish I were so smart to come up with the B&W goal concept, it really comes from the book Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard. Seriously, go grab a copy right here.)
Last year, I was a crazy woman. I worked full-time while building my business on the side. I’d work evenings and on the weekends, which literally left little to no time to hang with my boyfriend (or do much of anything else).That’s when I realized that I had to rearrange my priorities. Whether you know it or not, where you spend your time really spotlights your priorities.
I wanted balance – or at the very least happiness in certain areas. I decided those areas would be my business, family, and health. No exceptions.
With only 3 priorities, I had to say no to a lot of things. I said no to the Toastmasters group that I was a part of for 4 years, and I said no to some projects that didn’t fit into my priorities.
So…what are your top priorities that are going to help you reach your business and life goals? Write them down and commit to saying YES to those things that will help you lean into those priorities.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. Yet, we’re always scrambled for time. If only we had more time, we’d do X, Y, and Z.But really, it’s a matter of using the time you do have wisely. How much time are you really spending on watching television, scrolling the Facebook timeline, and doing the things you wish you would have said no to?
I double dog dare you to find out.
Seriously, this week, I spent a few days timing each of my activities with the Time It app. And, I was completely shocked! Here, I thought I was the perfect time angel. I don’t watch television and I’m always cautious about the activities that I do.
But, after timing my week – I realized that I waste 30 minutes each day walking to and from the coffee shop, spend a lot of time on “non productive tasks”, and get sucked into Social Media way too much.
So…..time your tasks…but don’t just stop there.
Based off what you’ve discovered, create your ideal weekly schedule by eliminating those time sucks, blocking off time for your priorities, and making sure you’re spending time working towards your goals and those priorities you set. Here’s an example of my current weekly schedule:
Sometimes I feel like I can be all over the place doing this and doing that. Emails, blog writing, creating products, etc.Really..you can’t do everything.
So, next year as part of my goal-setting and planning, I plan to break down my business tasks into 5 super big projects.
So, instead of trying to overcommit and do it all. It’s a matter of working on those major projects that will shift your business forward. Is it list building? Creating new products? Marketing your business? Retaining your current customers?
Spend some time thinking about your big goal for the entire year and then map out the 3-5 projects that will get you there!
Along with that comes the D word. Yup, delegate. Think of those tasks that need to get done, but are not your top priority, or that you totally dislike doing. Figure out ways you can get help to get them done.
When I was a teacher, I hired some high school kids to grade papers for me. I’ve also hired someone to clean my house 1-2 times a week.
Think of your personal and/or business tasks that would be absolutely DELIGHTFUL to delegate. And, then hop to it!
Picture this..you’re in front of your laptop..working on your latest blog post. You’re in the zone, the words are flowing, and then your phone goes off. You pick it up and reply to the text message. Afterwards, you get back to your post…and then, a notification for a scope comes on and you absolutely must watch the “5 Ways to Be a Super Awesome Entrepreneur”.You see where I’m going with this?
Distractions. Distractions. Distractions.
To reach your goals, you must eliminate your distractions and set up non-negotiable time (NNT, baby!). Time that you’ve set aside to dedicate to only working on the task at hand .. nothing else.
I have blocks of NNT every single day where I’m working on my goals and projects.
To keep myself away from distractions, I have a few secret weapons (shhh…don’t tell anyone):
1. The Kill News Feed App. Take a quick break, jump on over here, and download the Kill News Feed extension for Chrome. It blocks your Facebook timeline so you don’t get sucked into all of the cutesy cat and children videos and gossip. You’ll thank me.
2. Pomodoro. I’ve talked about this a lot before. Use the Pomodoro app or a timer to time each of your tasks and concentrate on working for that 25 minute block.
3. Add the NNT to your calendar and use it to make a date with yourself. Make sure you honor it and don’t allow anything else to break that date with you.
Your goals aren’t going to happen automatically. Guess what you have to do?Yup, you guessed it. Plan. (You’re so so smart! 🙂
You’ve got to have a plan before you sit down to work. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
– Week: Plot out all of the things that you must to do each week. At the end of every Friday, plan out the following week’s worth of work and appointments. No more surprises come Monday because it’s already planned out in advance.
– Day: Each day, before you get to work..make sure to review your daily tasks and write down anything that you must complete during that day. And, again, at the end of the day..make sure you look at the plans for the following day.
– Meals & Workouts: This is a total life changer. Seriously, each Sunday I sit down and plan out what meals I’ll eat and the workouts that I’ll complete. I grocery shop each Sunday (oops..sorry. I’m a liar. My boyfriend does the grocery shopping! I should give credit where credit is due ;). Now, each and every day I’m not sitting around wondering what I should eat because I’ve already planned it. (Extra Credit if you meal prep on Sunday AND lay out your workout clothes in advance!!!)
– Clothes: Now, I haven’t really done this, but it’s on my radar to do. I spend a lot of time in the mornings figuring out what I’m going to wear. I imagine that I’m not the only one like that! Ha. So, let’s make a pact to set out our clothes for the week so we know what we’ll wear. (This actually might be super easy for me since I wear sweatpants each day! 🙂
I’m sure you’ve already heard the importance of having someone to check in with about your goals. Support helps especially when the person (or persons) you’re checking in with are on the same wavelength as you.Here are a few ways to get support on your journey:
– Accountability Partner (AP): Find someone who you can work with and touch base with on a weekly basis about your goals. My partner, Kate of Sunflower Paperie, and I have been AP-ing for almost a year now! Wowser! We check in weekly about what we accomplished, and what we’ll do for the next week.
– Mastermind Group: I have a serious group of dope mastermind ladies that are there to support and help one another. We meet on a regular basis to goal-set, check in, and share resources. Not sure how to join a Mastermind group, start your own! I started a MMG earlier this year with some entrepreneur buddies of mine!
Woohoo! If you’ve come this far and feel like you’re excited, hold on to your britches because this is the ultimate goal achieving tidbit. Yup…a workcation – a mix between working on your goals and taking a vacation at the same time!I plot out 2 workcations each year. I rent an AirBnB, map out the tasks and projects I’ll work on during that time, and then spend 3-7 days in a location other than my home to get it all done. And, since I’m usually in some cool places, I spend the evenings enjoying myself. You know I love wine, so more than likely I’m workcationing in a wine region, so my evenings are all about that Malbec.
Grab your calendar and plot out at least 1 workcation where your time is spent working on you and your business.
Well there you have it. Here’s to kicking booty in 2016! Oh..and if you can’t get enough of this planning and goal-setting goodness why not check out how to create a vision board and other fab ways to kick booty (there’s never enough of kicking booty)!
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In the comments below, let us know what ONE STRATEGY you have used or will use to be more productive next year and reach your goals.