Happy Monday! May has just dawned upon us, use this May Bank Holiday to reflect. In 8 weeks, we will see the half way mark of 2015. In the business world, we have already analysed the successes of the first quarter of the year, and we have now got stuck into the objectives of quarter 2 – known as ‘quarterly goals’!
The benefit of setting goals on a quarterly basis is they are something you can focus on short term. You aren’t just sitting around procrastinating for half of the year thinking you still have plenty of time to accomplish your objectives. On top of that, you can look back at the last quarter and evaluate what worked – and what didn’t.
When you understand what doesn’t work, you can adjust the next terms goals and set yourself up to succeed. Starting today, right now, start to adopt this quarterly mind set. If you are not using this in your business or career, you should be! But more than that, you can use it in your everyday life for your personal goals also.
While you think about how to move forward this year, consider three things;
1. Take a look back at the past three months. What did you actually accomplish? What were you hoping to accomplish, but didn’t? What worked and what did not? Write it all down.
2. Evaluate. If something didn’t work, how will you change things to see real progress? If you had a goal to get a promotion at work but did nothing more to add value in your work place, is it realistic to believe you will reach your goal in the next three months with the same action? You might need to adjust your goals, or decide it is something you really want to get done.
3. Re-priortize! Put those high-priority goals first and make those your MAIN focus for the next 3 months. If there are a few goals that would be better accomplished in later in the year, give yourself permission not to stress about them. You might also consider breaking up your original goal into smaller ones and focusing on accomplishing one of those smaller goals each quarter.
When you re-evaluate and re-prioritize your goals, you refocus! That extra motivation will help keep you on track and moving forward at a steady pace. If you try to accomplish everything at once, you are setting yourself up to fail. That is a recipe for burnout, split vision and indecisiveness.
Even worse, when you fail to accomplish your goals, it conditions you NOT to set any goals.
So, let’s refocus after an amazing Bank Holiday and get stuck into our quarter 2 goals!