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WomanSuitBoxingGlovesThere never seems to be enough time in any given day to get to all of your to-do items.  The day begins and you’re off to a good start, and then, before you know it, times up.  You stop and wonder, “Where did the day go?”  Now we’re at the end of another year and you might be wondering where the whole year went and how it went by so quickly.  It’s safe to say that people find themselves here because they don’t know how they relate to time, don’t plan for what they want to accomplish, or the plan is in their head, they fall prey to procrastination and interruptions and have no clue as to where their time is going.  The scary thing about this is that it can be a pattern, and it probably is if you’re sitting here at the end of the year wondering where it all went.   It’s not too late to get a handle on it all and make some progress toward some of the things on your plate right now and finish the year powerfully.

Look at the things that you’d like to accomplish before the end of the year and prioritize them. Once you’ve determined the priority of each item, you can move forward.  Do you have time to get to all of the things before year’s end?  If not, determine what you can complete in the time that’s left and schedule time to work on those pieces of the project between now and the end of the year then schedule time to finish the remaining pieces in early January.  Get the blocks of time scheduled in your calendar now and commit to them.

The next step to finishing your year strong is to think about next year before it gets here.  Start with a list of things you want to accomplish and turn them into goals.  Once you’ve got S.M.A.R.T. goals, you can create your road map to accomplishing them and know exactly how you’re going to get there and when you’re working on each.  The year might fly by, but you’ll be getting things done instead of wondering where all that time went and why you have nothing to show for it.

As you look forward to the next year, think about what you have to do differently.  What did you do this year that just didn’t work?  What do you want to do differently?  Be conscious of how you’re relating to time, pull together systems and tools to support you, create a plan and above all, look at where your time is going.  Be sure that you’re investing it, not simply spending it.  Give your time to things that are worthy, things related to your values and goals and let the rest go.  Doing so will keep you productive and getting to the end of the year with things accomplished, ready to celebrate and plan for the year ahead.


Everyone wants to be better for the New Year which is why everyone makes the resolutions for getting back to the gym, getting organized, quitting smoking, and the list goes on. But the truth of the matter is that so many people have false starts when it comes to carrying out their resolutions. They have lots of plans and plenty of things they want to do or get accomplished in the New Year, but they run out of steam before they get the ball rolling with any real momentum. Did you make resolutions for this year? Did you take action? Why not? What was it that held you back?

If you’re expecting new results just because it’s a new year, you’re making a big mistake. If your starting point is not correct, you will not get what you want. Once the holidays are over, some people will start to implement their resolutions. Unfortunately, some of those starts will be false, running out of steam before February comes around. Resolutions die because they aren’t strong enough to survive. If they aren’t turned into goals and have a plan to support them, they wither away. To start off on the right foot you need to first understand that there’s a distinct difference between the anatomy of a resolution and that of a goal. Goals are things that you are committed to pursuing, related to time, values-based and SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, tangible). They have plans created to support them coming to fruition.

Turing your resolutions into goals is the first step in aiming before your fire. You can’t hit the mark if you don’t know where you’re going. You have to know how to take your resolutions and turn them into solid goals and how to develop a plan to carry them out. Additionally, ask yourself what things you want to leave behind with the old year, and choose those things that you want to take into the New Year with you. It might take some time to get clear, so take your time and make your lists. Be conscious about what you are letting go of and what you are holding onto or creating to take along for the ride into the New Year.

Finally, ask yourself who it is that you have to be in order to accomplish the goals that you’ve set. Most of the time people look at or tell themselves that when they get something, then they’re be able to do a particular thing in order to be where they want to be. This is a backwards concept. Really, we have to think about who we’re going to be (the characteristics and behaviors we have to exhibit), then think about what we have to do in order to have what we want. So it’s be; do; have instead of have; do be.

As you begin to think about the things that you resolve to do in the coming year, remember to aim before you fire. Add the steps of turning those resolutions into goals, list what you’re leaving behind and what you’re taking with you and then determine who you have to be in order to carry out your plan.

This is the time of the year we start to look at what we want to do before the year is out and to begin thinking about all of the things that we want to do next year.  The challenge is actually getting those things done.  Where people make the mistake is not turning their aspirations into solid goals with a plan in place to pursue them for the upcoming year. Honestly, even once goals are created they can be difficult to reach.

There’s a big difference between goal setting and goal getting.  Statistically speaking, only 8% of people who set goals actually achieve them.  Typically, people talk about what they want to do, but usually there’s no action and no action plan, or there may be some action, but at some point it stops because there’s no plan.  You’ve been there before.  You have something that you want to do, but you don’t act.  You get stuck on “tomorrow” or “later” and we all know that “tomorrow” and “later” never come, or you just don’t know how.

What’s on tap for you next year?  If you haven’t thought about it yet, now is definitely the time.  Think about what you want to see happen and take those thoughts or statements and turn them into goals using   S.M.A.R.T. to guide you.  What you create should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.  Without these components, what you create doesn’t have the muscle that it needs.  Let me also say that what you create should be values-based.  If your goals are based upon your values, you’re more likely to accomplish them.

Once you’ve set your goals, you have to go after them and how you do that is crucial.  It makes the difference between being in that small 8% or part of the 92% who don’t reach the goals they set. Next you’ve got to create the map that tells you how to get there.  What resources, skills, knowledge, etc do you need to accomplish each goal that you set?  Identify the milestones for each goal and then break each down by creating the tasks or steps that you have to take to reach each milestone and ultimately each of your goals.  Think about the roadblocks and detours that you might be faced with and determine how you will handle them should they arise.  Then you embark on your quest.

Every day you have to visualize the goals that you created coming to fruition and you have to feel them.  Relate to the “why” of your goals and be excited about achieving them and be grateful now for what you are bringing forward into your life. Share your goals with others, make them part of your daily conversations and create affirmations to use to support you.

You have to step into being whomever it is you have to be to accomplish what you set out to do and act as if you’re already there.  Believe in what you’re working toward and surround yourself with like-minded people. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.  Before you take that step be sure that all of your puzzle pieces are in place.  Use these steps to set yourself up for success as you contemplate what’s on tap for next year.  You simply cannot accomplish your goals in any other way.

Welcome to stop #2 on the Productivity for Profits Summer Blog Tour and Giveaway!

I am excited to be one of 7 productivity experts taking part in this one-of-a-kind event. This post is about goal setting as it relates to productivity.

Most solopreneurs start their year having set the goals they want to accomplish and get out of the gate with a fast start. But as the year goes on they start to lose momentum.  Somewhere after the point of the rubber hitting the road in pursuit of their S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time bound) goals they realize that they aren’t spending time doing the things that need to be done to accomplish those goals.  Most are puzzled and wonder why they just can’t seem to get those things done.

What about you?  Have you been there before and you’re wondering why?  Well, let me tell you why.  The reason that you lose that momentum and come to a point where you aren’t doing anything to move toward your goals is because there is no cohesion between your goals and your daily business activity.  You may have created your goals and have a complete plan with priorities and dates, but what you’ve created becomes stagnant pretty quickly unless you take some important additional steps.

Once you have set your goals, look at the “by when” date you’ve set to accomplish each and determine the amount of time it will take to get there so that you know when you have to begin working toward each goal.  In addition to assigning that “by when” date, you should have assigned a priority to each goal.  If you haven’t done that, take a step back and set the priorities.  This step is crucial.  If you don’t know your priorities you really don’t have clear direction.

Next you have to determine the smaller steps that will take you from Point A to Point B.  Think of each goal as a meal and each of the smaller steps as a bite of that meal.  So, let’s say that one of your goals is to revamp your website.  That’s the meal on the table before you and the smaller bite size pieces are things like hiring someone to write copy and a graphic designer, approving the copy and the graphics, and passing everything on to your web master.  There are other steps that may need to happen to reach that particular goal, but you get the idea, right?

The individual tasks that you create should already have priorities assigned to them because you prioritized your goals when you created them.  When you prioritize your goals during the creation process, it allows you to schedule your priorities, not prioritize your schedule. Two very distinct things.  The latter can have you going in circles and wasting time during your regular planning.

As you create the smaller bite size pieces, list them on your master task list along with their priority and time frame during which they should be accomplished to keep things flowing and have you reach your goals on time.   Once you’ve done this for each of your goals, you have a solid list of tasks that will take you from Point A to Point B.

During your regular planning sessions, these smaller pieces filter down to your daily to-do list or calendar.  Where you place them depends upon how long each individual task takes.  If the task it will take longer than 15 minutes to complete, it should go on your calendar in a slot with enough time to complete it.  This keeps you from over booking your day and gives you enough time to get the important things done.

The date and priority of each goal will determine at which point in time the smaller tasks hit your to-do list or your calendar and you of course, would place the tasks according to the order in which they should take place, since some tasks are dependent upon others.  You can use your master list to keep track of the status of each task.  Updating it regularly will enable you to quickly see exactly where you are with each of your goals.

This is the easy part, trust me.  The challenge is in creating the new habit of incorporating this process into your regular planning.  It’s the only thing that will ensure that the tasks directly related to your goals make it to your to-do list or calendar.  Making this a habit is what will create cohesiveness between your goals and your daily business activity.  This step is the missing piece of the puzzle and is key in having your daily activities include the tasks that have to be completed to accomplish your goals.

The final key to having continuity between your goals and what you do from day-to-day is you.  You can follow this process, but nothing will change unless you get into action.  Because this is a challenging process, I want to give you something to support you for the first 30 days to help you develop this new habit.  As a part of the Productivity for Profits Summer Blog Tour, I’m gifting readers with my Set & Get Your Goals package that you can use to:

  • Track your goals
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  • Get step by step guidance from a series of short audios

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In my last post I gave you the first 3 reasons that your goals are going to fail if you don’t make some changes.  Now let’s get to the lat two reasons.

Reason 4- Lack of Vision

It’s really hard to get where you want to go if you don’t have a clear picture of what it looks like.  When all of the details aren’t there, you don’t have a clear vision in your mind of what your goal looks like.  With that missing, it makes it hard to get where you’re going.

Start by having a very vibrant, clear vision of each of your goals.  See each goal as you would a movie and allow that vision to inspire you.  If you could have that goal, exactly what would your life look like?  Bill Gate’s vision was “There will be a personal computer on every desk running Microsoft software.”  Your vision helps create the context for your goals.  Create that context and then go for your goal inside of that context.

Reason 5-You have No Plan

This is one of the biggest mistakes that I see people make.  They jump on the road to their destination, but have no clue as to how they’re getting there.  They might even know some of the details, but that’s simply not enough.  Working toward your goals without a plan is like attempting to drive a long distance without a road map.  Think about this for a moment, would you attempt to drive across the country without a map that tells you how far you have to travel, how long it’s going to take to get there, the cities and states that you’ll go through and the places that are available for you to stop for what you need along the way like gas, food and sleep?  Of course you wouldn’t.  As crazy as this sounds, this is what so many people are doing on a regular basis.  They’re embarking on their journey, but don’t have a plan to help them get there.

Your plan is your road map.  It details where you’re starting from, where you’re going and all of the points in between.  It defines your milestones—those points along the way that have you get to major accomplishments along the road to accomplishing your goal.

If you want to be successful at accomplishing your goals, these 5 major things have to be in place.  There are other things that come into play to help contribute to your success and if you’re missing them, you will fail.  If you’re struggling right now implementing these steps will help you, but you may not know where to start or you might be wondering exactly how to go about taking each one of these steps.  Then of course, there are the other things that come into play when it comes to successfully accomplishing your goals. If you’re stuck and looking for a solid solution, check out my new Goal Getter Program and see if it’s a fit for you.

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