Guess what? It’s time for a little booty kicking…
When I sent out my end of the year survey to my fabulous readers, one theme kept coming up over and over again: Time Management.
I’ve chatted a bit about time management on the blog, especially the importance of creating a weekly schedule, avoiding distractions like social media, and strategies for reaching your goals. (If you’re interested in a post on getting a hold of email, please do let me know!)
I’m a firm believer that getting control over your time and goals is the most important step in building an online business and creating your digital products.
In the survey, someone even went so far as to say that they really needed their booty kicked. Ha. (And, if you’ve been around Teach Good Stuff long enough, you know I’m all about giving you that kick – in a polite way of course.)
So, I want to start something new: A monthly goal-setting post to kick off the month.
It’s all about public accountability and getting the support you need to reach your goals.
When I trained for each of my 3 marathons, I had one goal in mind. That was to cross the finish line in under 6 hours and with enough energy to keep standing up.
I had a goal and then wrote a plan to get that done. Each week I increased the number of miles I ran. I fueled my body with the right foods. I learned about the proper form. I worked my plan and made it happen.
Having a clear understanding of where you’re going, creating a plan, and working that plan is the only way to achieve your goals.
How to Take Massive Action + Reach Your Goals
Set Powerful Goals
I’m sure you already know the importance of setting goals. So, I won’t dive into that aspect of goal-setting.
Oftentimes, we set goals randomly and in a vacuum. They aren’t connected to our larger why or purpose. You can tell if you’ve set this type of goal if you feel like you’re all over the place and not really getting anything accomplished.
Instead, think of what you want to accomplish by the end of the year. My mentor, Kelly Thorne of iBloom always asks: What will success look like on December 31, 2016? Do you want to have X number of products created? Do you want to reach a certain income goal? Build your email list? How do you want to feel? Take a moment to look at the big picture and then make sure you set powerful goals that’ll help move you towards that big picture.
Outline The Tasks That Will Get You There
It feels great to plan and set goals. You get excited about what’s to come and everything that you can accomplish. But, don’t let that false sense of excitement trick you into thinking you’ve actually reached your goals.
It takes action. It takes completing one task at a time in order to truly achieve success.
After you’ve written the goals you want to achieve for the month, break those down into the step-by-step tasks that you need to complete in order to get those done. If your goal is to create an online course, perhaps your first steps might be to plan what your course will look like and then outline the components. If it’s to list build, your tasks could be to create a freebie opt-in and get signed up to an email provider.
Whatever your goal is, write out the tasks that you must do to complete that goal.
Prioritize and Schedule Your Tasks
There’s a lot vying for your attention. It’s up to you to prioritize what’s important. And, if building a business is important, you must make time in your schedule in order to consistently work on your business.
When you prioritize your goals, it’s a matter of adding the tasks that you outlined to your calendar. I like to create my schedule on a week by week basis. So, I’ll spend time on Friday afternoon looking at the upcoming week and adding all of the tasks I will complete that week into my planner.
Review What Worked and What Didn’t
At the end of the month (and every week for that matter) it’s important to take stock of what you did and didn’t complete. Spend some time celebrating your wins and then also figuring out what you need to do differently the following month in order to make it better.
I tend to review my day, week, and month so I’m always on top of what’s working and what’s not. So, add some time to your schedule to not only plan your days but also to evaluate how things went.
So…are you ready to kick booty in March (the last month for the first quarter…eek)?
Grab a copy of the monthly goal-setting worksheet and use this to plan out the next month. Set powerful goals, outline your tasks, and make it happen, captain!!
Okay. Over to you, what 1-3 goals do you want to accomplish next month? And, what’s the first task that you’ll complete to work towards those goals.