It’s the time of year when we start writing lists of things we want to accomplish in the next year. For most of us, this is more of a wish list than an actual plan. Lord knows, I’ve made resolutions that I didn’t keep – one needs only to look at my weigh in card for Weight Watchers to see the evidence.
For the next year, though, I have some serious business plans. I’m sure you do, too.
Since the majority of the western business world seems to think that the week between Christmas and New Year’s should be spent eating leftovers and promising to start that diet on the 2nd, let’s you and I take it up a notch.
Make your plans for 2013. I dare you!
Think of it as a wish list that you’ll put your weight behind. What are the top 3 goals you want to accomplish this year? Write them down.
No need for more than 3, especially if you’re like me and tend to overwhelm yourself with list items.
Now, take a day for each item and develop a plan to achieve it.
What will it take?
How long will it take?
That’s 3 days – you’ll be done planning by New Year’s Day and ready to start next year with a solid plan.
Get out a calendar and mark the due dates for each of the goals. Is there a daily habit you want to cultivate? Put it on your calendar. (Mine is to only check email 3 times a day – morning, lunch, late afternoon).
Don’t worry if it will take months to finish one of the goals – you have until next December, after all. In the past, I’ve made the mistake of trying to schedule all of my goals for the start of the year. It’s too overwhelming and exhausting to keep up with. Plus, it leaves me without a plan for the last half of the year.
My goals for the year:
- Check my email only 3 times/day
- Get my ethics course online
- Relaunch my webinar course
- Take a real vacation
I’ve got a few others, like my revenue goals and a couple of books I want to read and absorb, but these are 4 specific things with deadlines that I can work on over the next 12 months.
Will you take me up on my dare? Will you take this week to develop a plan for the next year? Do you have a goal you’d like to share – and commit to? If so, tell me about it in the comments.
Oh, and the quote? You’ll see more of these in the next year. Some of them are for my benefit, others are for your benefit. I’ll leave it to you to decide which is which.