Setting Your Goals in Motion
The last article was all about setting your goals (read it here), you now need to set them in motion.
Download your ideas
Working on one goal at a time, create a mind map or lists on a sheet of paper (or you can do this on a whiteboard, your computer using post-it-notes, etc. – whatever works for you). Capture all your thoughts and ideas for each goal on a separate sheet. From this download, you will start to work out the steps needed to do to achieve each goal.
For example, if your goal was to create your website, it could include the following:
- Register domain address
- Page needed
- Website functions
- Research other websites
- Who’s creating your website?
- Website design
- Write copy
- Collate pictures
- Links from social media, professional bodies, directories
- Email sign up form
- Terms and Conditions
Prioritise the steps
The next thing is to prioritise your steps and create your master to-do list. Add in a completion date against each one so you have deadlines to work to.
By breaking your goal down into steps, you’ll be able to tick them off as you go. You’ll see the progress you’re making to help to keep you motivated. Your goals will be more achievable, less overwhelming and you’ll remember the small steps which could easily get overlooked.
Now you have your list, decide which ones are mini projects in their own right as opposed to individual steps. Using the website example above, registering your domain is a step but collating pictures for your website may be a project, especially if you’re obtaining them from different sources.
Now go through the same process with the mini projects, getting all your ideas down and creating a prioritised list of the elements required or the steps you need to take.
You may not be able to identify every step from the start but you can re-visit them as you progress. With the photo example, you will need to consider the structure of your website and design before you will know what images you need.
Following this structure, you will have a master to-do list for the main goal and secondary to-do lists for the mini projects. Keep these lists together in a folder, creating one for each goal. You now have a plan of action for achieving your goals.
Schedule in your diary
Add the different steps to your calendar or diary so you know which need to be completed each week. You’ll be able to tell at a glance if you are being realistic with your deadlines or where you may need help or more time.
As a whole, the goals and lists may be overwhelming. By breaking them down and focusing on one step at a time, you’ll work through the individual tasks smoothly. Before you know it, you’ll be achieving your goals.
Display your goals alongside your vision for your business where you can see them every day to help keep you moving forward.
If you struggle with setting your goals, contact me for a chat to find out how I can help you.
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