Do You Set Goals for your business?
If not, why not?
I have found that every time I have failed to set a goal either the project didn’t do very well or it didn’t get finished at all.
Without tangible goals you will never achieve the results you want and you will be destined to have a mediocre business with mediocre results.
No whether you are just looking for an extra income or if you are looking to quit your job and make a full time income from your online business, goal setting is imperative.
So how do you set goals?
Well I like to work backwards with this.
I look at what I want to achieve whether that is a monetary goal or numbers of subscribers or a certain amount of traffic. I come to a number or something like that and then set a timescale to it.
Once I have the goal and the timescale I can then work from the end to the beginning.
So say I want to have 10,000 subscribers on my mailing list in 6 months.
I then look at the end of month 5 and what I need to have achieved by then to make it realistic.
Then I go back a month at a time with interim goals each time until I am at the end of month 1 at which point I go to weekly targets.
Once I have got to week 1 I then break it down into daily tasks to be done and then I have tasks for tomorrow which I then prioritize into A, B & C tasks to get done.
Then tomorrow I will get started on the high priority tasks and get through them then move to the B tasks and then the C tasks etc.
This way I can keep track of everything I need to get done and I can also see how my goals may need adjusting as I go along.
Each week I will review everything I have done and then plan out the next week ahead followed by planning out the tasks for Monday on Sunday night.
Using this process I tend to get things done a lot quicker and I will generally complete my goals on time and most of the time I will surpass my goals.
So what tools can you use to help with goal setting?
Well I am just going to list a few things I use for free that really help me
- Pen and Paper
- Work Flowy
Yes I said it! Pen And Paper!
Although I am talking about an online business and that generally means using a computer it doesn’t mean you should be handcuffed to your computer 24/7. I love going back to pen and paper every now and then to write out my goals and targets.
This is something I found out from Mike Filsaime and Andy Jenkins on their Video Genesis launch. They went through using this software (which is free) and I have found it really useful. You can organise your tasks around from things to do for the project and then move them around as they are being done and then move them to the completed pile once they are… Wait for it… Completed! The great thing about Trello is that you can add other people to the project so as you come up with new tasks you can assign them to other people working on the project. They will get an email and fingers crossed will start working on it.
Now this is a great tool that I have used for a few years now. It is basically a list creator with infinite depth. I create a few main lists for my major goals and then for each project I will have another list which can then be split down into priorities and more detail. It is very intuitive to use and can really help with organising your business and life in general.
Ever since I found this I have used it on an almost daily basis! It is a very easy to use mind mapping tool. Whenever I start a new project I create a new mindmap for it so I can brainstorm everything that is needed. Once the mindmap is created I will then move all the tasks over to something like Trello or WorkFlowy and then get to work. MindMeister is also good for collaboration as you can share your map with other people so you can all edit the same map at the same time. I would like them to have some sort of chat function in there as well but you can always chat to them on skype or facebook at the same time.
I hope this has helped you with your business and I would love to hear your thoughts on how you set goals for your business and any other tools you use to help you set goals.
Leave a comment below with your goal setting process.