We asked Debbie Rosemont, founder of Simply Placed to share a bit with us about how she'll help Power Chicks finish their 2011 year strong at our next Power Shot event. (Event took place Nov., 2011) Here's what she said!
It’s particularly tempting to procrastinate this time of year. With the busy holiday season just around the corner, our attention is already split in a million directions and distractions are abundant. Many people begin to “slow down” in their business this time a year assuming that their clients, vendors, or prospects do too.
This is often a false belief. Others see the end of the year approaching and figure “I’ll just do it in 2012. 2011 is almost a bust anyway.” Again, a false belief. There’s still plenty of year left. Don’t put off for 2012 what you could do now. Imagine finishing the year strong AND starting next year strong. What would that do for your business? You can do both. Here are some tips to help you pitch procrastination and finish 2011 with a bang for your business.
- Re-commit to one goal that is important to your business and that you would be proud to accomplish over the next two months
- Make sure it is a SMART goal – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Really Wanted, and Time Sensitive
- Write it down
- Break it into small steps, or “next actions”. Ensure that each of these tasks is do-able in short periods of time and can be done independently of each other. One at a time.
- Schedule these steps or tasks into your calendar between now and the “due date” for your project or goal.
- Share your goal and project plan with someone you trust who can hold you accountable. Decide the frequency at which you will check in with them (or ask them to check in with you and report on progress made, trouble shoot barriers, and celebrate success along the way.
- Identify a way to reward yourself for accomplishing the steps and the ultimate goal. This should be something that will motivate you and something to look forward to.
- Identify things you will not do until this goal is accomplished (or at least until the small step for the day is accomplished). This would include lower priority work, indulging in common time wasters, etc.
- Celebrate your accomplishments! Share your success!