A new decade is around the corner and it’s time to set some goals for the new year to come. Setting goals is a practice that I’ve been doing religiously since I first started my business in 2013. While things have changed through the years I have 6 tips to setting goals and reaching them that are certain to help make 2020 the most successful year for you.
1: Set goals you believe in.
Mindset is such a huge part of reaching your goals. If you don’t believe something is going to happen, the chances of it happening are slim. While setting a goal to become a millionaire or make 10k a month might sound like a dream come true, the chances of it coming true if you haven’t created the systems in your business, learned the lessons needed or gotten to a space where it can manifest you will spend the next year spinning your tires instead of marking things off of your goal-getter list. Instead start small. If your end goal is a million, but you’re new to business start with $500 a month, or $1,000 a month. Starting small will help build your confidence and trust me, if you are building a blog or business it can take years to get this figured out.
2: Schedule time off
Another thing that I learned the hard way is to schedule time out for yourself. Starting my business with a 3 1/2 year old daughter and newborn son life was hectic from the beginning and I was able to see significant growth in my business within the first year. I homeschooled my daughter for preschool and packed the day with crafts and child-led learning. While my children and business were thriving my health was taking a big hit. Fast-forward to 2018 I was in a severe burnout and diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. Chronic stress is detrimental to your health. Women often take on more than we should, so my one ask is that if you print off this calendar please, please schedule time out of yourself. Even if it’s 15 minutes a day to just fill your cup up. You deserve it!
3:Schedule priorities first
The best way to make the most of your year is to figure out what your priorities are and to schedule them first.
I know my family and my health are my priorities for 2020 so I will make sure to schedule all of my family activities first, along with any health related appointments. After that I can schedule in my work tasks, such as client meetings, and work times.
Spend a few minutes envisioning what you want your year to look like and schedule your time with intention.
4: Focus on the hardest items first
People are usually the most productive right after waking up, so it’s a great idea to check off the most difficult items first. This gives you a sense of accomplishment and the rest of the list seems easy.
My days vary so I like to take a minute each night and run through what needs to be done the next day. From there I usually prioritize my to-do list. Some days I have set client meetings, and tasks that need to be completed so I am sure to schedule time to complete each task.
5: Brain Dumps
I have a creative job so I like to schedule time to feed my creativity. I like to call these “brain dumps”, I either pull up notes in my phone or laptop. You can also do it the old fashion way by grabbing a pen and notebook. From there you just jot down everything that comes to mind. The point is to unload all of the extra thoughts, things you need to get done, worries, goals and ideas you have. Don’t worry about structure or censoring any thoughts, just write down everything.
I like to do this first thing in the morning while I am getting ready to work, or right after I have completed my work day. You can choose to keep or throw away these brain dumps.
What it helps with;
- Finding creative solutions
- Untangles your mind
- Helps you prioritize
6: Do everything with intention
No matter what goals you set, or how well you schedule your day the most impactful thing you can do to reach your goals is to practice living with intention. Take each step and action with meaning, think about why it is you want to do what your doing and how it is helping you reach your goal. While practicing focused action you may see that what you’re filling your time with isn’t helping you reach your goals at all.
This is really about slowing down and smelling the flowers. Turn your phone off and drink your tea. I mean, really drink it. Sip it slowly and focus on the feeling of it warming your mouth. Try to use all of your senses as you eat.
I suggest trying it for a week and journaling your findings. Take a moment each day to reflect on how you want your day to feel and then focus on that feeling as you are going about your day.
Trust me, I know this can be hard. As the queen of multitasking I often said I felt funny only doing one thing at a time, but honestly this has been the best thing for my productivity and success.