The Importance Of Setting Goals

5 Sep

The past few weeks have really given me a wake up call when it comes to the “boring” stuff of my business. When you sell on more than one venue, have a real world job, have school, have toddlers and run a house all of the small tasks tend to fall through the cracks.

Part of the goal I had when I decided to work from home full time was to not have a set schedule. In hindsight I see how that goal was pretty unrealistic. Don’t get me wrong, my schedule is definitely a lot more flexible than my husbands schedule, but I realized that I needed to sit down and plan time to do all of the tasks that get forgotten or put on the back burner. In doing this I also decided that we needed to create a list of short term and long term goals. When you have something to work towards you tend to be more productive.

The short term goals are what I really wanted to focus on when I created a goal sheet. My long term goals were focused on in my last posting. My last posting got me to thinking. I have been focusing so much on the long term goals and I was getting so discouraged because they seemed so out of reach. I lost track of the small achievements along the way.

I decided to sit down and write down goals for this day, this week, this month, this quarter and this year. It really helped and I already feel like I am checking them off. I am going to schedule time each Monday to create new weekly goals. Buying a $250,000 house seems quite out of reach, but listing 10 new items today or a daily gross profit of $200 are achievable. In time I hope to see those numbers double and triple, but if I set my goals too high I will get even more discouraged.

Dave Ramsey talks about baby steps with finances. We follow his baby steps and completing one feels amazing. I am not sure why I never thought about baby steps in other aspects of my life.

This is a cautionary tale for other business owners. Please sit down and create a list of short term and long term goals before you, too, work yourself up into a frenzy. I would love to hear what you come up with!

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