Business Talk,  working from home

Goal Setting in Quarters

Have you tried planning goals by the quarter?

Getting everything you want to achieve, done, can be overwhelming.

I often take on more than I can achieve and end up getting more frustrated.

This year, I’ve switching things up a little and I think it’s working. I thought I’d share it with you just in case you want to give it a try. This can work for just about any goal, be it making money, saving money or just one goal, like exercising more.

I’ve started to divide goals by quarters. 1st quarter (Jan, Feb, March), etc.

I use an overall statement at the top of the page, sort of like the ones you use in a business plan. I include what I hope to achieve by the end of the three month period and then make a bullet point list of what I need to do to get there.

I also include anything I feel is going to get in the way of it getting done. It could be you have a vacation coming up or an event you’ll be attending that might take you away from your usual routine.

I also add how much I want to make that quarter and even how much I hope to save. Underneath that, I make a list of what payments are due and if there’s anything that might prevent me from reaching the money goal.

It’s also a great opportunity to take a look at what you’re paying for and if anything can be canceled or maybe you can find a lower price on a service.

Once the master quarter plan is in place, I break it down by month and then week so it’s in bite sized pieces and in my opinion, more doable.

So far, it’s been working because I feel less stressed than simply telling myself this year I want to do this and that. I also see where my priorities are at and that something’s aren’t that important and can be put on the back burner.

Another idea, (I tried this for a few days and know I should do it more), is to journal each day, nothing elaborate but just a paragraph documenting what you did that day, what worked, what didn’t ,and why you didn’t get stuff done.

I think this will be a great resource to go back over next year when I’m planning out 2022.

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