Do you have things that you want to accomplish in life? Of course you do!
How about the essential projects that will grow your business? For example:
- Your first (or second) e-book
- Your first (or next) webinar
- Your first (or next) course
- A joint venture program
- Your first (or next) video
Do you have trouble getting even the basics done? For example:
- Blogging at least weekly
- Sending out a regular newsletter
- Posting to social media regularly
Whether it’s a first-time project or ongoing basics, if you aren’t getting your work done, your business isn’t moving forward as much as it should be.
Some people attack their projects and get them done. If they get waylaid, the come back later and finish. They persevere. But many people procrastinate and don’t get their work done. They find all sorts of excuses:
- I don’t have time
- Something came up
- I got involved in something else
But if you really want to move your business forward, you have to find a way to get your work done.
If you are having serious problems moving forward, consider working with a coach. A coach can help you:
- Set priorities
- Filter out projects that aren’t important or are not likely to be valuable
- Suggest resources (human or technical) to streamline the process
- Break down big projects into smaller steps
- Provide accountability by taking you to task when you don’t complete steps you commit to
Here are 3 steps to accomplishing your goals.
1. Write it out
Write out your goal and why you want it. What will it mean to you to attain your goal?
Have you tried before and fizzled out? Why? What objective reasons were there? What emotional reasons? Don’t give yourself excuses; instead, think about how you can do things differently this time.
When do you want to accomplish this goal? It’s always good to set a deadline.
2. Break it down
Write out the steps you need to complete to attain that goal. You won’t know all of them right away. That’s OK, you can modify the list as you go along. But the list should cover the steps from beginning to end. Next to each step, write out how long you think it will take. But remember that everything takes longer than you expect.
Break big goals into smaller ones. For example, if you want to earn 6 figures in 2 years, come up with yearly,monthly, weekly, daily, and even hourly steps.
Write completion dates next to each step.
3. Schedule it
Schedule the steps in your calendar, blocking out the necessary amount of time so that you finish the steps by the time you want to reach your goal. If you don’t have the time, admit it. Consider changing the scope of your goal or cutting out existing activities to make time for it. Be hard-headed about this.
Where are you wasting time? A time tracker such as Toggl or a simple list of how you spend your time can help you get a handle on this. I discovered that I spend a huge amount of time on email. My solution was to not check my email constantly; instead, I now check email about 5 times a day.
Consider getting help. It’s hard to do it all on your own. I’ve written 2 other blog posts about getting help and I think you’ll find them helpful:
Do you have projects that have been waiting too long for completion? Or, have you found a great way to get yourself moving? Leave a comment to share your situation–others will find your experience useful!