Gearing up For The New Year
by Shannon Suetos
Now that we are officially in the New Year, we are inundated with articles and blog posts about new business goals, personal goals and of course how you can do better in the New Year with X. Besides candy, presents and family time December is also when you usually get your projected goals for the upcoming year in order. How did you do?
Where Have You Been?
When making goals, no matter for who or what they are, you need to realize where you have been first. What did your company accomplish in 2010? Did you meet the goals you wanted to for last year? How did you reach them? What kept you from not reaching them? Evaluating where you have been is half the battle for making and reaching new goals.
Plan, Plan Plan
How are you going to make 20% higher revenue this year? Making goals are great, but you also need to know how to make it possible. When you are deciding on what goals you need to accomplish, also have at least 3 sub goals on how you will be able to hit the big mark.
Knowing how to plan is just as, if not more important than hitting your goal. If you don’t know how you’re going to hit your goal, how will you make it? Lisa Barone writes on Small Biz Trends, “Small steps will allow you to move closer and closer to your final end goal. For example, if you’re planning to add catering to your cupcake business by March, then perhaps by January you’ll need to have vendors in place and by February you’ll need to have your staff fully trained.”
Savvy Blogger reminds us that you need to be SMART when goal planning, “Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Timely. Revisiting your goals and having a power planning session every quarter (or month even), will help you stay on track and keep you focused on your goals, your mission and your vision.”
Just like with anything, the more you see it the more you will be thinking about it. Why do you think someone came up with billboards? Having your key goals posted where you can see them is one way to do this. Goals can give you motivation each day, so why not have a reminder post-it note to give you the motivation you need day in and day out?
What help keeps you on track for your goals? Let us know in the comments below.
Shannon Suetos is an expert writer on GPS fleet tracking software based in San Diego, California. She writes extensively for an online resource that provides expert advice on purchasing and outsourcing decisions for small business owners and entrepreneurs at Everything Business and Resource Nation.