How do you manage your goals?
I am curious how people manage both their personal and business goals. Do you create a list and print? Excel? Word document? Other? Goals could be as simple as: running a 5k, vacationing in Paris, or revenue for 2015 will be $250,000.
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It is just like a healthy body, like the saying laughter the best medicine, if you have a happy life you will automatically have healthy body. Not necessarily it means having lean mean body you are healthy and fat big size you are unhealthy or vice versa. It all depends what you feed into you thoughts. Just like how you feed your thoughts into your body, hence healthy body digest the good nutrients which are necessary and discards the unwanted or overly dossed nutrients out automatically. Equivalently a good management at individual level or organization level in which consists of goals, visions and strategies, you shall at all times never mind the bad vibe and encourage the good vibe. In other words promote the good nutrients in which it means it helps in your personal growth or organizational growth either in quantity or quality in good way with good will, and discard the nasty nutrients which brings down the economical status or humanity status either physically or morally or even emotionally damaging another in bad way. Keeping and promoting good nutrients will help increase your revenue and profit and other very human good willed friendly and harmonious, and even more to say supportive, information, generosity, knowledge sharing, added values, and just never mine the snappy shocks which brings about hurts where one can't smile, especially if it is shallow or petty. Of course you need your foot on ground with good pair of shoes, even if you are not taking it for granted, that doesn't mean you have to put your foot or shoes on your working office table or your home dining eatery table. Put it where it should be. It is very wrong to bring personal shoes to office embarrassing one and making ones life awful bitter and hurtful and hateful! Work is work, personal life is personal. Its wrong of me to discuss about my office partner who is the opposite sex of how handsome or pretty she is, or the attributes of hers or his beauty back home in my bedroom with your life partner. Work is work, life is different!
What a great question! I feel that writing down my goals is vital because it allows me to be specific.I then place my goals in my phone calendar, which serves as a daily reminder to work towards them. I often encourage clients to write down S.M.A.R.T. goals.
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound.
In my experience Bill it's best to set yourself up with success than failure. If your goals are set too high your going to feel overwhelmed. Set them in between. If you succeed then raise your expectations.
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I think that the first rule is to always keep your goals in front of you as much as possible. The more we see our goals, the more we reminded of what we need to do to accomplish them.
It's also always important to ensure that you have SMART goals:
1. Have clarity of your goals.
2 Separate the Business from the Personal
3. do a flow chart of each activity with a time frame - Prioritise
.4. Focus on either of the goals till it is completed. **
5. No overlapping of goals
6. dont get your emotions into either of the 2 goals
Best of luck, Florence MacDonald
If you want a systematic and structured way, I recommend the SMART method (the goal should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound). I usually add some other questions: do I REALLY WANT this (goal)? Who and how will be affected if I will reach it? Is there a "price" to pay and if yes, am I ready and willing to pay it? Is it under my control or does it mostly depends on other people?
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Either excel or word or print ...I have vision, mission, lifetime goals ...monthly ..
I set goals but revise everyday - mentally or written - spend not more than 15 mins a day. I am agile in planning and with a set of values that govern the way I plan & set goals. You may need the same.
You need to find ways to measure your goals everyday, if you can't measure, you can't use the goals properly.
Goals are just numbers if we don't monitor against the actual activities. Disciples are essential for you to achieve your goals.
I do not split personal and business goals, as I am entrepreneurs who working in the field of my passion.
Now if you are not working in the field of your own passion, you will find yourself different when you are working as compare to you are doing private thing. Than separating goals may be appropriate. Having said that, separating is not ideal as you are not the whole you than.
Hope above do help you.
As much as our life has become synonymous with the word digital, when it comes to managing my goals I am still the make a list kind of person. Hand written, or typed and printed, I like having a list in front of me.
I believe in setting OBTAINABLE goals. This time of year everybody makes a news resolution to loose weight, or make life changing things about themselves. Very few of these things actually happen. The goals for business are different. I believe in starting at a goal you know you can reach, some plateau milestones to get you to the top of the mountain. For example, I want to increase my revenue this month by 10%. Thats an obtainable goal. Then I say ok, next couple of months lets bring that to 12% and so on...
Trello.com is a great way to manage goals as well as Google Analytic's for Business. It truly depends on the comfort level of the individual, many like to use an excel spreadsheet to project goals and record actuals.
I use a platform called Asana and break them up into steps (tasks). I use this for both business and personal goals and projects and I find that, once it's laid out there in front of me, and it has a deadline, I am more likely to work toward completing each step. The key is to give yourself ample time to get through each task and all those little tasks combined will get you through to reaching that goal.
You reverse engineer it. . The thing with setting goals is you set smaller ones along the way.
The other aspect is you review were you are at, and what you need to achieve the next goal and to make sure that your pathway is still leading towards your bigger goal.
Sometimes the main goal may change, or your pathway is more clearer and now you can see that you need to modify your directions. That is always part of life. Things change.
First...I write them down and review them often. In Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill says you should get up each day and read your goals. I don't go that far, but point made. Second...I have a detailed task plan that I keep with me. I cross of tasks done, take notes on tasks worked on but not completed, and add new tasks. Once a week I update my tasks (actually I do it more often) and I prioritize them for the upcoming week by highlighting them in colors (bright yellow needs to be done by end of week, light yellow I want to complete by end of week, etc.). I then have a pretty solid plan for the week. Third...I block out time on my schedule to be in my office to catch up on things and to work on my tasks. I try my best to manage my schedule to maximize my work time. Fourth...I have a database of contacts and customers that I maintain that tells me every time I touch them (e-mail, LinkedIn, phone call, mailing, etc.). Being in consulting this is important...also for sales people. For executives this is not something I would recommend.
The key to achieving goals is to make the as specific as you can. Create a description of your goal. What does it look like? Write it down -- and include every detail you can imagine -- details such as what people will be saying to you when you've achieved your goal; how you'll be feeling, what you'll be saying, etc.
Once you've cemented all this detail into your mind, you'll find that the myriad of decisions that you make as you move forward will be guided by your goal -- without having to give it a lot of constant conscious thought. It's like planting a personal guide in your brain to keep you on track.
As to your question about using Excel or Word, I recommend you use whatever is comfortable for you.
A list is the first step. Then, make sure the goals fit the SMART profile (search if this is unfamiliar). Then, put the goals on a spreadsheet or project board. Lastly, create tasks (up to four hours timeframe, you can accomplish the task alone, and there is a clear start and end) and put them--in order--into a to-do list and into your calendar.
Best of luck!