It’s important to establish business goals that help you stay focused and weed out the clutter. Have you taken time away from your business to establish some priorities and goals for where you want to be 6 months from now? 1 year? 5 years?
I’ve found this activity really helped me focus among the distractions. I map out exactly where I want to go and what I want to focus on. For my business, I find this works best if I I do it quarterly. Your review period may be different; do what works best for you.
Here’s what I do:
Each quarter, I set aside 1/2 day to get out of my office (this is important!) and review the last quarter’s goals. Did I reach them? Do they need to be modified? What has happened in the last 3 months that will shape where I want to be in the next 3 months?
After I map this out – I choose 3 things I want to accomplish. It’s important that you have achievable goals. The more you have, the less you’ll accomplish! You want to feel the progress you’ve made, not defeat.
During this time, I also give a quick review to my 5 year goals to see if they are still applicable.
When I’m finished, I allow myself a small reward for achieving my current goals. You must give yourself permission to do this. It’s so easy as a small business owner not to take time for this. if you’re like me, you wear all the hats and feel as though you mus keep your nose to the grindstone, always. Allow yourself time to enjoy your progress; even in the smallest way.
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