We know we should set goals but as busy mums and business owners, it can seem that we don’t actually have the time to sit down and plan out our goals for the next 12 months. But this is why it is essential that we do set goals so that we can create the business and life we want (and deserve).
Here are the 3 simple strategies I use which have helped me to achieve all the goals I set myself without sacrificing any more time with my 2 young daughters – these are going to come in very handy when baby number 3 makes their appearance in the next few weeks. They’re easy to implement and you don’t need to spend hours getting it done – enjoy!
Break Your Goals Down Into 90 Day Chunks
When you’re mapping out your goals, what I recommend you do is break it down into 90 day chunks; 90 days is a bit more realistic. It’s more focused. Whereas if you’re just doing something for 12 months, that’s ages away; that’s a year away. Whereas if you do 90 day chunks, it gives it a bit more urgency and it makes it more real and achievable because you know you’ve got to get it done. There’s no, ‘I’ve got 12 months to do it.’ You’ve only got 90 days. You need to get on it.
Once you do start changing it up to 90 days focus, it does make a big difference.
The thing that you need to keep in mind for every task is it should always help you achieve your long-term goals. Ask yourself. Does this take you closer to your goal? If the answer is no, you then need to think about and consider, do you need to do it in the first place? If you do, can somebody else do it for you?
Always think about the end goal and everything that you do has to work towards that point. That is the reason you’re in business. That is your why. Always have that clear in your mind so you can map everything else out, you know what you’re doing and you know you’re doing the right tasks and delegating where appropriate or even deleting a task. When you ask, does it take me close to my goal? If the answer is no, do I have to do it? If the answer is no, then why is it on your list. Get rid of it, just cross it off.
Realise That Planning is Everything
When it comes to mapping out your goals, you need to have a 12 month plan to be working towards. This doesn’t have to be a complicated document but you must make sure you include the following:
- Any personal events (school events, school holidays, weddings, family holidays etc)
- Any business events you want to attend
- Any events you’re running (physical or online)
- Product promotions so you know what products to be focusing on each month
- Set deadlines for your goals (think about your 90 day chunks here so you can set specific dates to work towards)
If you did just this one thing, it would help to transform your success!
Do a Brain Dump
Some people don’t like the term Brain Dump but I love it – just think of it like a download. This takes everything out of your head and on to a piece of paper. Every single task, every idea you have, write it down. Think about projects you want to do, what are the tasks involved.
Taking everything we’ve talked about planning your goals and creating your schedule – brain dump the information.
What happens is you’re literally freeing up space in your head so you’re not feeling so stressed that things haven’t been done. You now have this master list which you can use to prioritise the work that will move you closer to your goals and bring money in to the business – we all want that don’t we?
I’ve been using these strategies for a while now and it has improved my productivity so much and makes me feel as though I’m achieving my goals quicker as its great crossing off items from a brain dump
Your action plan
Take some time now to go through these strategies for your own goals.
- Create your 12 month plan
- Break your big goals down to 90 day chunks
- Do a brain dump
I’d love to hear some of the goals you’ve set, share them in the comments below.