The actionable tasks you need to do to make your goals work.
Well, it’s officially 2016 and goals are the talk of the town… at least they were. It’s now into the middle of the first quarter and you’re wondering why you haven’t been to the gym, you’ve been back to your old eating habits and you’re not even sure where your goals went. Sound about right?
Well, here’s the deal, in order to make your goals work, you need to make them actionable. Some may have heard this term but don’t exactly know what it’s referring to. Actionable goals are the difference between something vague and something that you can actually DO. Here’s an example:
Plain Goal: I want to learn Photoshop
Actionable Goal: I want to learn Photoshop by practicing once per week on Friday. Then you block your calendar off on the specific time and you do it.
I recently hired someone to help me with my marketing business and after studying my own generation, I understand that Millenials like having goals and feeling like they’re part of the business’s growth. So I had her come up with some goals. The goals were like everyone else’s, they were great but now, what are you going to do to make them come to LIFE?
Here’s what we did and what you can do to in order to make 2016 your best and most actionable year yet:
- Start with your goals & write them down
- Now, how will you accomplish each one? (This is the actionable part)
- Write the actionable part down (What it will take to make that goal real)
- Check back each month or every other month
Here’s a real life example:
- I want to read more.
- I want to read 12 books a year
- I will read 1 book a month
- I will read 1 hour per day
Here’s another example:
- I want to make $100,000 this year.
- If I make 10% commission, I need to bring in $1,000,000 this year.
- I need to bring in 4 clients per month worth a little over $20,000 in order to make my goal
- I need to bring in approximately 1 client per week in order to make that goal
The core part to goal setting is checking back on them to make sure you’re on point and to make sure you’re doing everything you can to make sure these work. Something people also forget is that they have to consistently see the goals each day. Yes, each day. When you see the goals and look at them, they’re more likely to come to life. Here’s an actionable couple of ways to do this:
- Take a PostIt note and write your goals on them. I did this last year and placed them on all the mirrors in my house. I wrote down the top goals I NEEDED to meet this year and placed them all over. A couple friends came over and complimented me on them and they all ended up happening.
- Take a picture frame for a desk and put a nice piece of paper on the background of it. Get a dry erase marker and write your goals down on it. As the month passes, cross them off and add to them. I have this sitting at my desk in my office. It’s a plain black picture frame and I chose a Rifle Paper Co. background and a blue dry erase marker. I see it every day and it makes me remember what I need to do for the day.
The To Do List
If you’re more of a to-do list person for your goals, there’s a great new app I’ve been using. I use this for books I want to read and for tasks for my employees. It’s called WunderList and it’s amazing. You can create different lists within it and when someone you assign to the list completes the task it sends you a notification. It keeps everything organized and keeps you on top of all work. You’re able to schedule recurring tasks, assign them to people, place a due date on them and you can chat within them, send a link, write notes, etc. It’s available for your computer and for your phone.
Now that you have a simple how-to on goal setting, what will you do to make 2016 your best year yet?