Quarterly Goals

I had a meeting with my business coach last week to talk about my business in general and where I’d like to take it. Of course, I had a flip answer ‘To the Moon’ I replied. That drew the expected chuckle from her. She then said, ‘Really, what are your goals for this year – 2017’. I had no reply. I was deep in thought. I was thinking about all the areas that I want to improve regarding my business.. more speaking, sell more books, work with organizing clients, write my blog. I have an endless list. Being very smart, my coach then asked me to focus on just one topic and create a short term goal. Her question was what would I like to focus on this quarter?

I love this idea which is why I’m sharing it with you. Focusing on just a few things for just a few months makes the goal so much more achievable. Since the end is in sight I better create a plan and write down the steps I need to take, to make measurable progress by the end of March. I like this so much better than planning what I want to have accomplished by the end of December – 12 long months from now.

I encourage you to think about your goals in small chunks. Think about what you would like to accomplish between now and the end of March. Is there a house project? If there is, is it something would contract out or is it a project you want to tackle yourself?

Do you have a personal goal to exercise more? Now is the time to sign up for that gym membership! Or maybe you want to create your own exercise routine. Perhaps you’ll mix it up and create a schedule to walk so many times a week combined with an exercise class or two.

Do you want to cook at home more often? There are many different companies which offer pre-measured ingredients packaged meal by meal and are delivered to your home. You can check them out online.

A great short term goal might be to get control of your papers and filing system. Think about it. If you worked on that a little at a time between now and the end of February. You would accomplish two things. You’d have a paper filing system that is current and you would be able to tackle your taxes in March, enabling you to get them off your desk promptly.

Wow! Aren’t you just loving the thought of these short-term or quarterly goals?

My short-term goal is to focus on promoting the children’s books I wrote with my co-author Jonda Beattie. 

What will you choose to be your short-term goal? Write me back and let me know!

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “Quarterly Goals”

  1. Sabrina Quairoli Says:

    Great idea. I love planning the end of the month for the next month. It gives me focus and allows me to see the big picture to make sure I am going toward my goal.

  2. TheSeanaMethod Says:

    I love this conversation about focus. I think most people cannot focus on too many things at once. The result is a vague feeling of insufficiency, which is highly demotivating. Connecting a period of time with a quantified goal is powerful.

  3. Linda Samuels Says:

    I can hear the excitement in your voice with your new way of looking at goal setting. Having a big picture or direction in mind is great. But it can be too vague and make it hard to focus on what’s next. I also like setting shorter term goals that add up to longer more profound changes. I use the change of seasons to reset and rethink.

    My current focus on mindfulness. I started a mindfulness practice class this month and have been working on weekly goals and practice. I love it!

  4. Sarah Soboleski Says:

    For just this reason I recently stopped making weekly to do lists and instead make a daily to do list with just a few items. I’m much more productive this way instead of feeling scattered by week’s end.

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