Welcome to a New Year
Welcome to another fresh new year. Like most Americans, I have some lofty goals to lose some weight, eat healthier and workout more. Unfortunately, also like most years and most people, I will struggle with those goals and they will fade from my focus as I get into my routine of hard work, travel and other life priorities. However, in business it is not acceptable to have goals and not achieve them. Fortunately, when it comes to business goals, I have always put those at the very top of my priorities list, which is why I often brush the personal wellness aside. What we need is a balance of personal and professional goals, which is something many type A personalities find extremely challenging. Here are a couple tips for fiscal year 2018 to help drive balance and ensure you get what you want in your business or professional career.In your personal lifeIf fitness is your goal, choose a 5k, 10k or triathlon and schedule it on your calendar. It is easier to commit to a single point in time in the future and prepare for that rather than saying, “I am going to the gym three days a week.” If you plant the flag far enough out, you’ll have the flexibility, or the permission, to miss a few workouts without catastrophic results and/or feeling like you’ve failed. As you reach your first goal, set another goal, a little further out. If your first goal is to run a 5k by March 1st and you reach it, set another goal for a 10k by July 1st, or to improve your time by 10%. Set the goal, measure your progress, and keep working towards your goal.In your work lifeProfessionally, it’s not much different. Pick exactly where you want to be by the end of the year and establish clear metrics tied to those results. Imagine and envision what that looks like and then break it down into quarters with small bites tied to each outcome. I personally LOVE GANTT charts that allow me to put a stake in the ground at a specific point in time and then work backward toward the goal. It allows you to break down every milestone and helps expose the gaps you need to cover to get to the goal by the end of the year.While this approach from a professional perspective doesn’t replace the rigor of a solid business plan, profit and loss, or a business strategy, it does provide another way to help keep you involved in your business, stay focused and be on track, with metrics and milestones so you know where you stand on the way to your goal.This year, build a roadmap and hold yourself accountable for outcomes. If you do, I guarantee that you will be happier and have better results in 2018. Start with that personal, long-term goal and then, after all the annual planning is done, begin to build out your business GANTT chart or roadmap so you can visualize everything that needs to get done. If you have any questions or need any help, please free to reach out to me at email@example.com or just reply to this if you’re getting this by email. Good luck and have a successful 2018!