It's that time when you should start planning for the new year. If you are not planning for success, you are planning for failure.
Don't just say something like, "I'll be more successful next year." Be SMART.
S - Smart
M - Measurable
A - Achievable
R - Realistic
T - Timely
How often during the year do you compare your results to your plan to see where you are? Do you adjust your plan? Are you accountable to someone other than yourself for setting and achieving your goals? An accountability partner is a critical part of your success.
A goal is not "lose weight". A SMART goal would be "I will lose 20 lbs by June 30".
The action items are the things you must do to accomplish the goal.
Action items to lose weight might be to eat 3-4 ounces of lean protein three times a day, eat 1.5-2 cups of vegetables twice a day, eat 2 servings of fruit a day, drink 8 - 8 oz glasses of water per day. Or I will ride my bike 45 minutes 4 times a week or swim for 45 minutes 4 times a week.
Yes, weight loss can be part of your business plan, if you want it to be. If you are healthier, it will help you get your work done with less stress. But it's not SMART to say you will lose 100 pounds in two months.
A business goal might be to list 8 homes at an average of $350,000 per listing. Action items might be to reach out to 5 past customers per week who might need to upsize or downsize. Mail 3 CMAs to past buyers with updated values and market conditions per week. Attend HOA or neighborhood events. Participate in community garage sales. Sponsor a local youth team. Advertise in the community newsletter or start one if none exists.
Have you started to think about next year and what you want to accomplish? What are some of your key goals for next year?