Setting goals for next year

Setting goals for next year

As you begin to wind down for the holidays, December is the ideal month to take some time to reflect on the past 12 months and to start thinking about and planning your goals for next year.

All you need to do is follow my 8 simple steps.

 

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MAKE A LIST
Make a list with 3 columns. Label these columns, 'Short-term', 'Medium-term' and 'Long-term'. These columns will represent your 3 month, 6 month and 12 month goals.
Divide this list in half to separate your business goals from your personal goals. This is really important but might seem tricky if you run your own business because inevitably at times your business and personal lives are entwined.​
Star Green 2 REFLECTION

The trick to setting goals is to reflect; what worked, what flopped and what could work with some tweaking. Look back at your calendar and journal. Make note of the good and the bad each month.

Star Green 3 MILESTONES AND EVENTS

List any milestones and events that recur every year or are already planned. When you add goals it is important that they are quantifiable. Milestones and timelines are an important factor here because your goals have a life cycle, and a deadline.

Star Green 4 DEFINE YOUR GOALS

If your goal is to increase your customer base, you might start with a goal like increase customers. Then make this goal quantifiable, for example, ‘I want 10 new customers by June next year’.

Star Green 5 PLANNING FOR SUCCESS

Break your quantifiable goal into bite-size pieces that can be managed in defined time blocks. Using the example above, on average for every one new customer you need 3 leads or prospects. So to have 10 new customers in 6 months, you need at least 30 new prospects and that equates to 5 new prospects a month or just over 1 new prospect a week.

Star Green 6 EXECUTION

Fill in your list. Try to add 3 business goals and 3 personal goals to your list. Remember you are just as important as your business! Start blocking time out in your calendar to put your plan to achieve your goals in place. Register for networking events on a regular basis. Remember that networking takes time.

Star Green 7 MORE REFLECTION

Diarise a quarterly meeting with any business partners or family/friends that are part of your goals.  This can be as formal or as casual as you like.  The trick is to look at your short term goals – How did you go?  Did you achieve every thing you wanted to?  Why/Why not?  Are you on track to achieve your medium and long term goals?  Do you need to change anything?

Star Green 8 REALIGN YOUR GOALS

Use this quarterly meeting to realign your thoughts and goals.  After the first 3 months, move your medium goals to short-term and your long-term to medium term.  Start thinking about new long-term goals that you can add.  Realigning your goals is a continual and ongoing process.

Plan to succeed, because to succeed you need to plan!​


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Sue’s devotion to Learning and Development is conveniently her area of expertise. Sue and her husband Rob founded Calculation to support their family while indulging in their passion of helping others and working with SMEs. For over 30 years she has been able to assist a wide range of clients, each with their own unique requirements. Sue uses her well-honed skill set to design, deliver and implement interactive training activities in a face to face or virtual environment.  Team work – tick, soft skills – tick, Microsoft products – tick, Financial Services – tick, Train the Trainer – tick.

 

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