Trying to get back into a routine in September is possibly the most depressing but also motivating time ever. It’s very confusing and we’re not here for it. However, I guess we don’t really have a choice now…
Anyways, we’re problem solvers, not complainers (after we have our coffee of course) so let’s unpack this and figure out how to help us re-evaluate and re-motivate ourselves towards our goals this September. So, we have come up with some questions to help you set goals while also balancing getting back into your routine this month.
Where do you want to be in 5 years? What steps do you have to take to get there?
This is a question that stuns a lot of people at first glance. Trying to figure out your timeline, your goals and where you’ll actually be in 5 years’ time is something that divides a lot of people and can even hurt businesses. It is an important question, however, since it forces you to evaluate your current situation and your goals for the future.
This ties into your business plan, your business strategy and all your employees and people involved in your business. You should also evaluate what steps you need to take in order to get to your 5-year ideal situation. If you’re keen on losing 10 pounds by next month, for example, you have to evaluate what you need to do in order to achieve that goal. Do you need to work out more often? What kind of workouts work best for you and your body? How’s your diet? Do you need to eat more? Laying out what steps you require to reach your goals is a part of strategically planning to achieve them. It also improves your success rate in reaching your goals.
What goals have you set in the past and what steps can you create to ensure they are achieved?
Analyzing your goals is an important part of any aspect of your life. Whether it’s business, romance, family or other. You need to set goals, things to work towards, in order to monitor your progress in every aspect of your life.
When it comes to your business or your career, it’s helpful to physically write down your goals. This includes goals for the entire business, goals for individuals and steps that are required in order to reach said goals.
What type of goals have you set for your business in the past? Did you set both long-term and short-term goals? How did you fare for both? Did you achieve certain goals quicker than others? It’s important to also reflect on how you feel after you succeed at a goal so that you can analyze how each goal impacts you and your business, how likely it is that you’ll work towards a similar goal and the likelihood of being successful at a similar goal in the future.
What do you want to achieve every month?
This is important because you’re taking into consideration your own goals, your own feelings and what you see yourself doing in one week from now, one month from now, one year from now or longer. It’s important to check-in with yourself every once in a while, especially when it comes to your own business. Your business should be a reflection of you and your values. It should encompass your values, and your goals and your passions all in one.
This question also applies to your business as an entity. What goals and standards have you set out for your business every month? Why are you setting certain standards or benchmarks? Is that going to create a positive or a negative impact on your business? On your employees?
This is something that you should set out at the beginning of a business, and then continue to re-evaluate each month. At the beginning, you might want your business to achieve a certain number of goals, or engagement on social media. As time goes on and the business grows, you might want to achieve a number of sales, or take on so many clients per month.
These monthly achievements are going to help increase your business’ success rate, and also bring your employees closer together as they feel that they are working towards something together each month.