5 Steps To Stay On Schedule With Your Business Goals

Here’s an inside look at our five step process – the process we use to make the remainder of this year the most goal oriented year yet.

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Photo: Emily Chalk, Senior Managing Partner at East of Ellie; Source: Courtesy Photo
Photo: Emily Chalk, Senior Managing Partner at East of Ellie; Source: Courtesy Photo

As entrepreneurs we have to remain goal-oriented to stay afloat. There is no senior level manager creating strategic plans for our companies and tracking results. Perhaps this reason alone was a huge push to become your own boss and create your own business strategy.

It’s not to be forgotten that as early stage entrepreneurs we often have to fill every shoe from CEO to intern by ourselves, or with very little help. One of the hardest things about being a business owner is learning how to manage yourself on top of your other daily business tasks. Without long-term status reports written down, the overall business growth you hope for may fall to the back burner while you’re running behind endless tasks.

Have you ever considered how fast a year can go by? Think about it. Yes, it’s shocking, we agree. It seems like yesterday we were just writing our company goals to achieve this year. Instead of focusing on how fast time flies, we want to make the year we do have.

Here’s an inside look at our five step process – the process we use to make the remainder of this year the most goal oriented year yet:

 

  1. Dust off those goals.

    Yep, go ahead and pull out that notebook where you jotted down your company goals for the year (the one that has been collecting cob webs since January). I know, it can be scary to review your hopes and dreams when many of them may have not been achieved just yet. There is a reason these goals were created in the first place, review their importance and utilize your time accordingly. Make sure you review these goals at least every six months to see how you are tracking against your plan.

  2. Explore detours.

    Still have the same goals in place, but not getting very far on reaching them? Try exploring a detour from your original path and you just may reach your accomplishment approaching it in different way. Bright orange arrows are only put out by construction crews on roadways, as entrepreneurs we have to create our own signs to guide us to our destination.

  3. Shift focus.

    A lot may have changed in your company in a few short months. Maybe certain goals have taken priority over others, and that’s okay! Reevaluate what is most important to accomplish in your company by the end of this year. Ensure that the shift in focus includes smaller goals as well, as they still attribute to the big picture.

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