We’re now one month into 2011. If you set goals for your freelance business at the beginning of the year, how are they coming along?
If you didn’t, take a look at the post I wrote in early January: Five ways to achieve your freelance goals in 2011.
If you DID read my post and DID set goals, you should have already undertaken these steps I outlined:
- Make a list of your goals for 2011
- List out all the steps you need to take to achieve each goal
- Devise a timetable
Your timetable should have all the sub activities listed out with a ‘complete by’ deadline against each one. And you should have this in a prominent place that means you can see it easily on a daily basis. (Like stuck next to your computer.)
If you’ve not opened your timetable since you created the document, or if you’ve printed it out and filed it away, it’s unlikely you’ll be ticking off any of the actions you’ve set yourself.
Here are my tips:
- Set yourself just one activity a week. Don’t try to be too ambitious. Even if it’s a really small task that only takes 10 minutes, you’ll still be one small step nearer achieving your goal.
- Then add these weekly activities you’ve set yourself into your Outlook calendar (or whatever system you use). Choose a day/time of day when you know you are not usually too frantic. For me, early evening when I’ve finished my client work and the phone has stopped ringing is a good time. Or Sunday morning.
- When you get the Outlook reminder, aim to put aside what you are currently doing and carve out enough time for you to complete your task. It might be a few minutes, it might be a couple of hours, depending on how ambitious you have been with your task setting this week. Then put a big tick or a big ‘done’ in your timetable.
That’s your progress successfully completed for this week. There’s nothing more for you to do for another seven days. Yet you’ll be one step closer to achieving your goal.
What goals did you set for 2011?