The holiday’s are over, most of the kids are back at school, and January is nearly done. With almost a 12th of the year over already – and time whizzing by as fast as ever – it’s essential that you start putting your proverbial wheels in motion if you want to make the most of 2016. But where should you focus your time if you’ve been easing yourself into this year a little too slowly, and have lost your mojo already?
In order to make the most of this year start-off by answering these 3 questions thoroughly (pens at the ready, you need to physically do this, not just think about it …..): –
1. What are your top 3 goals this year?
Write your answers down and be very specific, making sure you use dates and numbers to quantify the results you want to achieve i.e. I want to bill $100,000 in additional website sales by 30 June 2016, or I want to secure promotion to Senior Analyst in my current company by 30 December 2016.
2. What steps do you need to take to reach each goal?
Grab some post-it notes and write down every single step required to get the outcome you’re looking for. Having the steps on post-it notes means you can rearrange them if need-be ensuring the actions are sequential – plus you can easily add/delete steps if the process changes along the way. Importantly, make sure each step is small – this will help you build and maintain motivation along the way instead of crushing your mojo when you see a huge task ahead of you and feeling overwhelmed by the sheer prospect of it.
3. What additional support, knowledge or skills do you need to execute each step in #2?
Don’t rely on old skills, a lack of knowledge, or inadequate support – identify any gaps in your current skill set or network, and write down specifically how you’re going to fill them. Perhaps you need to go on a course, hire a Coach, read a book, outsource a task to an expert… whatever needs to be done, know what it is and how you’re going to do it.
Once you’ve gone through each of these steps thoroughly, and written down your answers on paper, make sure your diarise the actions involved in steps 2 and 3. Physically write/type each action into your diary and ideally mark them up on your career/business roadmap (book a consultation with me if you don’t know what that is).
When you know what you need to do, by when, and the vision of where you’re heading is crystal clear, it becomes much easier to use your time effectively and to stay motivated throughout the year.
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