100 Day Goals
January marks the start of a new year and being halfway through the financial year. This is a great time to spend time reviewing and setting your intentions for the next 6 to 12 months. Not resolutions, but intentions. When you set an intention it’s all about working towards that intention.
Working with 100-day goal blocks is great for the simple reason that they are so tangible and…achievable! 100 days is just a little over 3 months. It is much easier to measure your progress as there is a finite timeline.
Why 100-day blocks work
The reason is simply this…it’s not too far into the future. You do not have the luxury of taking your eye off the ball.
The focus has to be on pushing forward each day. You can actually map out and see your progress – or if you slack off, you’ll have to rush to catch up. Procrastinating is not an option. 100 days may sound like a good amount of time, but the reality is that it goes whizzing past! It is also far more tangible than setting 6 or 12-month goals because you have no wriggle room.
Discipline is the secret
Think about it, it’s really easy to waste a few hours here and there. For example, spending too much time on social media, allowing routines to be interrupted without a valid reason, neglecting to switch your email to offline mode, and so the list goes on.
With 100-day goals, you are on a countdown timer. There is a finite amount of time and you have a set goal ahead of you. No excuses. No time to go down rabbit holes – and yes, there are a zillion rabbit holes waiting for us to fall down.
There is no time for saying could have, would have, should have. You just need to get the show on the road. Everything needs to be measurable, achievable and progressive.
One of the worst habits many of us have is timewasting, blaming and procrastinating. To achieve goals these habits need to be shut down, or at the very least reduced. Good daily habits need to be adopted. Actionable steps need to become a part of your daily routine. Breaking your day into time blocks works wonders.
Choosing your time blocks will depend on what you want to achieve and the nature of your business. The key blocks and the ones I personally use are:
#1 Me Time - Time dedicated just to you. It’s at the top of this list because it’s vital that you have time to recharge your batteries and do what feels good for you. You need this each and every day.
#2 Business development time - Spending time daily on development is a way of ‘feeding your funnel’ and ensuring you have ongoing connections. Don’t just focus on this aspect when times are tough and you’re searching for new business. Maintaining and developing relationships is essential to your ongoing business success.
#3 Work time - Getting your core business done. This is about working IN the business. It looks different for everyone. Some may have regular office hours, others may have flexibility. But whatever the case, your work time needs to be blocked out and you need to be sticking to a schedule. This can be particularly hard if you work from home.
#4 Family Time
It is absolutely essential to be slotting in family time. What your personal blocks look like will very much depend on your circumstances.
It’s not easy
Yes, it can be a struggle to get the time blocks happening. I’ve been there. As a result of my personal experience I also know that unless you get this happening, you will continue to struggle to achieve your goals. This is where having someone on your side who can keep you accountable is invaluable.
Keeping on track
Now here’s the thing – the 100-day goal method works for everyone. By being disciplined you will have no problem keeping on track. But, if you are finding it’s a struggle you are not alone. Talking to a supportive manager, finding a business coach, or being part of an accountability circle are some of the best ways for developing the key skills to move you along the path to keeping yourself and your business on track.
If you’d like to be part of an accountability group get in touch for more details and make 2019 the year you take control.
Until next issue….
Michelle Hanton email@example.com 898082
Michelle Hanton OAM is a multi-award winning international business strategist, the founder of Dragons Abreast Australia and former CEO of Lifeline Top End. Her business, Dragon Sisters, specialises in actionable, momentum building support to help move businesses to the next level.