Eat the Frog and Other Ways to Stay on Track with Your Goals
Goal setting is not rocket science but with all the advice and self-help out there, what do you listen to next?
At the beginning of every year, most of us think about a fresh start. You have a goal or two in mind of what you would like to do differently or get better at in the New Year.
Keep reading for the top techniques that work for most everyone.
Find what motivates and works for you
Find a method that works for you
Do you always fall a little short? Maybe the 10x Rule would be a good method. Rather keep it grounded? Try SMART or SMARTER methods. Maybe your goals need to be uber-detailed or maybe they need to be short and sweet. Everyone is not one-size-fits-one. If you are fighting the process find something that works better for you. Have a clear understanding of what you need from your method and if you aren’t getting that, after some committed time, try another.
Maybe a productivity application like Asana, Trello, or Click Up. Or perhaps your CRM or other software already has a productivity feature you can integrate with your sales and marketing. Regardless of what you use, keep it simple in the beginning to ensure you will actually use it.
Keep the goal front and center
In those early days of practiced goal setting, being clear on my Why, milestones, strategies, and how I could implement it into my other work was a huge task. More than a few times, an entire quarter would pass and my review consisted of pulling out the plans and realizing I never got past week 1. Starting out small is a great way to see what is working for you and not working for you. Review your action items and goal for the week in a team meeting or when you’re planning your schedule for the week. Post the goals on the mirror in your bathroom or on a dry erase board at work. If those aren’t enough, consider implementing a different method.
Break down the big goals into milestones or mini-goals
Create an end date for your goal, and ideally for your milestones. It is common to set too easy of a goal that is really just a task. It is just as common to swing in the opposite direction and create too big of a goal which is actually your three year vision. There is a sweet spot where the goal is challenging but your mini-goals help to create a clear timeline of success. Setting dates to these makes each more clear and easier to achieve.
Eat the frog
Find your method (10x, SMART, SMARTER, planners)
Keep it front and center so you remember why you’re working so hard!
Use milestones or mini-goals to stay on track
Forgive, learn, move-on
Eat the frog
You aren’t alone.
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