Kicking Those 2014 Goals
Have you ever noticed how flexible time is? Sometimes the minutes are longer than ages, the days are slowly passing by, but there comes a moment when you turn around and you can’t believe that 3/4 of the year has already gone and you have just three months to complete your annual plans, achieve the yearly goals and prepare for the next year. When did this year pass and what have you done during it? Hopefully, the answer to the second question is not ‘too little!’
If you want to make the most of the last three months of 2014, you will need to sit down and check your progress so far. Try to remember what your business plans and goals were at the start of 2014 and tick the ones you have already achieved. If you made the effort to write down what you aimed to achieve at the beginning of the year, it will be easier for you to see where you are now. If not – you can always try it next year.
So, when you mark, cross out or tick everything that you have already achieved (and take a moment to be proud of yourself, your team and your successful business), you will be pretty much left with a list of business goals you need to achieve by the end of the year. Of course, when you find yourself in a tight situation (and 3 months till 2015 may be quite tight depending on what you have achieved so far), you will instinctively start reconsidering your aims and plans. That’s not a bad strategy and if you go for it, you will see that some of your aims will be better off when left for 2015. More time and more preparation can do wonders with some business projects, but others are not so flexible and need to be carried out on time.
Once you shortlist only those business events, activities and projects that need to be carried out this year, you may need to reschedule. Optimising your business schedule is a very useful process and will certainly help you to realise most of what is left. Even if you don’t manage to achieve everything that was planned for this year, you will still achieve more than if you kept going without rescheduling, re-planning and optimisation.
So far so good. The last thing left is to motivate yourself. One great strategy proposed by Karen Gunton is to choose a word that defines your business situation, a word that will remind you of your goals and will motivate you to keep going no matter what. Take this one word and post it everywhere – your social media, your desk and monitor, at home – everywhere that you can see it and think about it. Or, if you prefer, take an image, a quote, or an object – anything that will be with you most of the time and make you keep going. With the help of this small trick and the tips above, you will be able to kick those 2014 goals in no time at all.