Setting and sticking to goals

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Setting goals is easy, but how good are you with sticking to them and actually achieving the milestones you set?

We came up with a little list to make sure you’re on top of everything you set to achieve!

Define a target
Let’s get started! What do you want to achieve? Write it down. It might sound silly, but once you can visualize what your end goal is, it will become clearer and easier for you to establish a plan of action.

Be realistic
When we start we feel like anything is possible and end up setting ambitious goals that might be a bit hard to achieve as the months go by.

The secret here is to be pragmatic when deciding what you want to achieve. Use 13-week cycles to set important milestones for achieving your big goal, and don’t set too many! For example, if your ultimate goal for the end of the year is to achieve £200K in revenue, you can set yourself to achieve one quarter of this amount in 13 weeks. The actions you put in place for this could be to work on your marketing strategy, revise your pricing, and develop relationships with current and future clients.

Three clear quarterly objectives that help get you to your end of year achievement would be perfect!

One way to organize your goals is by setting them as S.M.A.R.T. 
Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Relevant
Time-bound

Making objectives easier to meet will give you a boost of confidence and energy when you get them done, motivating you to keep moving forward. You can always revise them as the year progresses.

Create a plan of action
Once you have clearly outlined what you want to achieve it is time to create a plan to get this done. Try writing down three actions you think will contribute to you achieving each milestone and do everything you can to stick to it. TIP: Look at these regularly to remind yourself to keep doing them!

Get organised!
The best way of keeping everything in check is to get yourself organised. There are a ton of apps you can download to help you with that --Evernote, Wunderlist and Trello are just a few of them. If you want to try something analogue, why not try a bullet journal?

These are also good ways to track your progress and keep you motivated. It doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you get it done!

Start the work!
Now that you have realistic goals, an action plan and are on top of everything, just go get what you want! Remember: don’t be too hard on yourself and be open to change. When something is not working, make adjustments. Go over your strategies to improve your results and do not be afraid of trying new approaches.


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