Hello 2018! If it feels like this year flew by, it’s because it did. Now’s the time when boss ladies around the globe are looking back on their 2017 goals and accomplishments and preparing for the next year. So, how’d you do? Did you achieve all of your goals for this past year or did the enthusiasm wear off somewhere around March? It happens to the best of us!
Here are a few things you can do before the end of the year to set yourself up for success with your goals for the new year:
Review Your Previous Year.
Let’s time travel a bit into the past year and see how you did. What were your strengths this year? What areas need improvement? Take some time to really sit down and map out your current status so you can get a clear visual.
Grab Your Calendar.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when goal setting is putting too much on their plate. Have you ever heard the saying, “my eyes are bigger than my stomach”? The only way to successfully achieve your goals this year is to be realistic about your capacity. Are you a wedding planner with 15 weddings on the books this year? Great! This will also help you see that you probably shouldn’t be setting any deadlines right when wedding season picks up and send your stress levels through the roof. Plan your goals in conjunction with your calendar and you’ll be much more likely to see them through.
Start With The Biggest Picture You Can.
What is your ultimate, craziest dream for your life? You’re not going to get there overnight, so it’s important to break it down into chunks and start setting goals that will propel you forward toward your biggest dream.
For example, is your ultimate goal to own your own retail store one day? What do you need to do to achieve that? Probably start an online space first, establish a social media presence and build relationships with brands you want to sell in your store, right? These are smaller goals that can be achieved with the intention of one day accomplishing that big, pie-in-the-sky dream of yours.
Create a Tracking System.
Setting your goals is important, but figuring out how you’re going to track your progress is one of those imperative steps so many people skip. You need to have a strategy and a tracking system in place in order to thoroughly accomplish your goals. It’s not enough to set a goal and float on your merry way. Hold yourself accountable with a tracking system, whether it be a visual checklist, Google sheets, Asana, you name it. Whatever works for you, do that!
Here’s to making 2018 your best year yet!