A goal setting process that actually works
Setting goals is vital to forward movement with intention. It’s what will keep you on track in your general tasks and to-do’s and it’ll keep you from getting distracted by all the coulds and shoulds.
And if you’re thinking, “Where do I even start?” then you’ll want to carry on reading!
It could be easy to be drawn into the finer details from the outset (I know, printmaking major here). But you’ll want to think big to start and make a list of your overarching goals. You can even use a spreadsheet and add a row for each product or service you offer, as well as your marketing/executive/operational tasks. Or if you’re a pen+paper girl, start scribbling!
Then get to work filling in what you want to achieve in the bigger picture (for me that’s a 12-month period). Outline your overarching goals for each category and add as many as you need.
Now start thinking about how you’ll be able to achieve those goals and break it down into quarters. If they’re financial, what will you need to earn each quarter of the year in order to total your goal figure. If it’s the launch of a product, break down each step from content creation to launch.
Now go into the details and break down how those overarching goals will be accomplished each month and week. Make notes of specific tasks will you need to schedule and complete each week. Here you can start seeing your overall schedule take form, so it’s a great time to move goals (and due dates) around to ensure you’re not working towards a burnout. Use a monthly and weekly overview calendar to get specific and track dates.
By writing and breaking down your tasks into small actionable chunks, you’re setting yourself up to be able to achieve them!