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We’ve finally made it into 2019 and if you haven’t already, you really should be thinking about setting your business goals for the year ahead. My mum has always taught me that failing to plan, is planning to fail and she’s absolutely right. If you don’t know where you’re going, how are you going to know if you are on track? 

Sunday 13th January is ‘Making your dreams come true day’ so there is no more perfect time, to sit down and map out your goals. Your goals are what you want to achieve, so let’s look at how to set them.

  • Think about your big picture goals and write them down on paper. 
  • Now looking at each goal decide on your timeframe to achieve them. Make sure you are being realistic. 
  • Next to each goal, note down when they need to be achieved by. I find it’s easier to put down the Quarters of the year. E.g. Q1 2019 (Jan, Feb, Mar) Q2 2019 (Apr, May, Jun) Q3 2019 (Jul, Aug, Sept) Q4 2019 (Oct, Nov, Dec). 

You may choose to break it down further than is, but I find it’s easiest to look at the year in this way. You may also want to think about your goals longer term, such as five-year goals. 

It is also useful to categorise these goals. I always categorise my goals into business growth, existing clients, marketing and finance. 

How can I plan to achieve these goals?

Now looking at the goals you’ve set above make sure your goals are SMART (Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound). We’ve covered off the A-R-T part above, but now we need to make sure they are specific and measurable tasks. 

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For example: 

Business Growth- Networking- Q1 2019- GOAL: Attend 3 networking groups per month- Task DUE 4th Jan 2019 – Research, book and attend suitable networking groups in Devon, Dorset, and Somerset during January 2019. 

The next big thing to do is to put your goal achievement dates in your calendar/diary. I use Google Calendar and ICal. This way you’ve made yourself accountable and will always have access to knowing when your goals need to be achieved by. Afterwards work backwards from your goal deadline and schedule in regular reviews. This is really helpful as it allows you to make sure you are on track and make any changes along the way to help you achieve your goals. 

I find it really useful to have my goals displayed in my office and once a week setting myself a challenge of achieving a small step, to help me work towards my big goals. 

Accountability 

It’s really important to stay accountable when setting goals. I find it helpful to share my goals with others, usually my husband or parents! Perhaps you might choose to share your goals with friends and family or perhaps post it on social media.

Celebrate your goals! 

Make sure you celebrate your achievements! You deserve it! 

Let’s be honest, life sometimes gets in the way and we don’t always reach our goals or they need to be reassessed. Whatever happens, hold your head high and know that a simple shift in your perspective or moving the goal posts a little, can get you back on track in no time! 

Goals are never fixed and should be reassessed when life gets in the way. This is the smartest approach you can take when that happens and is never a failure. 

A final word

Goals are absolutely vital for business success, as there is no way to measure success unless you have a target.  

If your 2019 goals include scaling your business and you know you’re going to need a helping hand, a Virtual Assistant can help. A Virtual Assistant can provide flexible support whenever you need it. If you’re interested in working with a VA to make your business dreams come true, send me a message meg@weareauxilia.com I’d love to hear from you!

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