Looking forward to a new year offers a lot of excitement. While lots of holiday fun still waits on the horizon, take the time to set some goals now. With goals in place, you can hit the ground running at the beginning of the year instead of using January to catch up. And yes, we think of future plans as goals instead of resolutions. It helps to break down end goals into smaller, measurable steps.
Reaching goals gets harder when you can't remember what to do next. Getting organized seems mundane when you're talking about setting major year-long goals, but it's crucial to success. If you use apps to keep your life together, 24me or Evernote—or both!—need to be on your phone.
Entrepreneurs love Evernote because it helps you jot down ideas, tasks, and lists and helps keep them organized and prioritized. If you've ever wanted an assistant at your beck and call, try 24me. It syncs all sorts of things, from calendars to to-do lists, creates reminders, checks off tasks, and even uses traffic data to let you know if you need to leave earlier than anticipated to get to an event.
Set SMART goals
SMART goals offer you the best chance of exceeding your own expectations. The acronym stands for: specific, manageable, attainable, relevant, and timely. Checking off those five touchpoints for each goal will help you set yourself up for success. If your goal doesn't meet one of the criteria, break it down into steps until those goals do meet the SMART checklist.
Don't be afraid to dream big
Setting goals isn't only about doing the things you think will help you succeed professionally. Goal setting is also about reaching for things you might think are a little outside your grasp, like a vacation to the other side of the world or a new business. Aiming high—and putting actionable steps into place along the way—will make you uncomfortable, and it may mean more work than you ever expected, but it also gives you a chance to truly live the life you are meant to lead.
One of the best ways to keep moving toward your goals is to find someone to help you stay accountable. Your accountability methods can be as informal as checking in with a friend each day by text or as formal as hiring a coach. Knowing you'll have to check in with someone and explain to them why you are or are not working toward your goals can be enough to keep you on track.
Share your goals
Sharing your goals with friends, family, or your professional community helps in countless ways. It's another way to stay accountable, but it's also a way to bolster support—and to celebrate as you make progress.
Dionne couldn't wait until 2019 to share one of her new project goals for the new year: she's becoming a coach! After feeling the support and camaraderie of the iFundWomen community, she knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of other entrepreneurs. Dionne began the certification process to become a Certified Crowdfunding Coach, and she can't wait to work with small business owners and brands in the new year.
Have you set any big, SMART goals for the upcoming new year?
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