At this time of the year, you’re likely very busy planning for the new year. December is a perfect time for reflection, and goal setting for the year ahead. Look back at the current year and analyze. What worked well this year? What didn’t? Based on your findings, what do you want to accomplish in the new year?
When creating your plan for the new year these are the 3 critical steps you need to take.
Create Your Goals
A goal without a plan is just a dream -Dave Ramsay
I’m certain you’ve heard this quote by Dave Ramsay. Have you considered what it actually means? When creating your goals for the new year, write them all down first. Visualization is a powerful tool to use when mapping out your plan. After you’ve created a list of things you want to accomplish, take the next step and break your goals down into smaller steps that you’ll need to take in order to reach your goals.
When I map my goals out, this is what mine looks like:
Goal 1: Gain 5 new clients from my target market.
Steps to achieve this:
- Develop a consistent social media strategy to grow brand awareness
- Consistently develop new content for my website to give valuable information to potential clients
- Spend at least 3 hours per week networking on LinkedIn and Facebook
- Utilize my current system for tracking leads to ensure follow up happens in a timely manner
- Book a minimum of 2 discovery calls with potential clients per week
Looking at the goal on its own is very vague and seems a bit overwhelming. When creating the steps to get there, it seems quite straightforward and simple.
Create A Plan
After mapping out your goals and the steps needed to get there, it’s time to create your plan of attack. They key when creating your plan is to ensure you set a realistic number of goals for the timeframe you’re working with. I prefer to set my goals quarterly, however, you need to choose what works best for you.
I personally use Trello and a good old-fashioned day planner to map out my goals and create my steps and plan of attack. My day planner is best for me to map out my daily to-do list after I have created my larger plan of attack.
I use Trello to create different boards for each quarter of the year. In there I create cards with each goal and the steps needed to achieve them in the notes. Then I take my tasks and divide them up daily in my day planner so I know what I need to work on when!
Execute Your Plan
Execution is the hardest part about goal setting. Once you have a system that works for you in place, you need to commit to yourself, your business and your future clients to make your goals a reality. As you begin to work on your plan, also keep in mind that finding help is also an option. Outsource your graphic design to a designer, your website to a web designer or your admin work at a VA-whatever is going to make your goals reality the fastest.
After you map your goals out, I would love to hear what you’re working on for the new year!