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Planning Business Goals for 2019

Setting achievable goals is one of the keys to a successful business, which is why you should never enter into a new year without first considering what goals you have ahead. Here are the steps you need to follow in order to plan some attainable goals for 2019.

Step 1: Brainstorm

Now is the time to sit down and get super-focused on the task at hand. Your task is to lay out some major targets that you want to reach in the next 12 months. Let your ideas flow and write each one down as it comes, even if you think, “Maybe I’ll come back to that” or even if you’re unsure about something. This is the brainstorming phase.

Start by writing them down on a basic notepad and you’ll get the chance to organize and refine these ideas later. Don’t overwhelm yourself with the details right now. You just want to write down some actionable goals.

Step 2: Align Your Goals

Your business goals should most certainly align with your personal goals. This is one of the critical mistakes many entrepreneurs make when they’re first starting out: failing to align. For instance, if you want to have more free time in your personal life, you have to have a business goal focused on getting more help, automating more tasks, and otherwise finding ways to be more efficient.

Your business should not be working against your self-growth, nor the other way around. Make sure your personal and business goals align so that you can work on improving both yourself and your business at the same time.

Step 3: Refine Your Goals

The next step is to sit down with your brainstormed goals (for both your personal and professional life) and refine them. This is when you get specific about what you want to accomplish and it’s also when you need to go through a reality check to make sure things really are achievable within the given time period.

The refinement process should also have you asking:
Will this make the business more money?
Are you motivated to work on this goal?
Can you measure your progress towards reaching this goal? If so, how?

Try to set 1-3 goals in all that you want to reach by the end of 2019. If you have more, that’s okay, but you’ll need to prioritize.

Step 4: Laying Out The Roadmap

Once you have your biggest goals for 2019 determined, you’re now ready to work on the fun part. That is, figuring out how you’re going to reach them by the end of the coming new year.

This process starts by defining some milestones. In other words, you want to take each one of your big goals and break it down into some smaller goals that you can meet within a few weeks or months. These milestones will help you prevent overwhelm while also keep you on track throughout the year.

It’s best to break your goals down month by month. For instance, if you want to launch a new product by the end of next year, what milestones do you need to hit each month for research, development, material sourcing, and so on in order to be on track to reach the big goal?

Step 5: Break Down Your Milestones Into Tasks

Once you have laid out the milestones, you now need to go a step further and break each milestone down into tasks. There is an expression “Success by the inch is a cinch, success by the yard is hard,” which simply means that it is easier to succeed if you break major challenges down into a collection of smaller, more easily achieved goals.

This will really help you be successful next year because, by figuring this stuff out now, you’ll go into the new year knowing exactly what’s ahead and what you need to be doing from the start. This beats having a big goal looming over you and, before you know it, half the year is gone and you haven’t achieved much at all.

Depending on the size of the overall goal, each smaller task may take either a day, a few days, or even a couple weeks to complete. The point is that, with each breakdown session, you’re getting more and more specific about what you need to do in order to actually reach your goals.

Step 6: Plan Your Days

Investing in a day planner may be a smart decision as you move into the new year. This will allow you to look at your schedule and make sure that you are completing tasks, milestones, and challenges by the deadlines you have set .

Go ahead and get a 2019 planner with a monthly and/or weekly overview so that you can write in these due dates and then take things day by day so you always stay on point throughout the year. Of course, be certain to pencil in some vacation time too so you don’t get burnt out!

Step 7: Review

Don’t fear, it’s quite possible that, once you have broken everything down based on what you actually need to do, you find that some goals are not actually realistic after all. That’s okay. The important thing is that you realize this now so that you can make adjustments. Having to revise your targets and major goals is not a sign of failure, it is a sign of time well spent. Better to ‘waste’ a week revising your goals than waste a whole year achieving nothing.

Your goals should be challenging, but not impossible. If they are too difficult, you’ll set yourself up for failure. If you try to reach a goal that’s simply too big or hard, you’ll probably give up before you even really start just because you know in the back of your mind that it’s going to be impossible. Or, you might put your all into it, but then find that you’ve come up short at the end of the year because you overestimated–and that’s discouraging too.

Instead, now is the time to go through everything and make sure your goals are both realistic and attainable. Then, start making progress towards them!

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