With Christmas Day now behind us and the New Year just a couple of days away, it’s the time of year when many of us are now reflecting and planning. We look back on the year that’s ending so we can learn, grow and plan, for a more productive and awesome 2020. Goal setting and productivity are no doubt at the top of your agenda, as you look ahead to what the new year and decade may have in store for you and your business. We often take the downtime between Christmas and New Year to set plans in place to hit the ground running in 2020.
But no matter what’s on your goal list for 2020, here’s my top recommendations for ensuring your goal setting and productivity plans set you up for the best possible year.
#1: Know what’s important for you
We tend to quickly brush over this one, but it’s a crucial part of your goal setting criteria. Not only is it crucial to stop and consider if you’re aiming for a goal that you really want (rather than aiming a dream someone else wants for you), but it’s also about getting your work-life integration right.
If family is important to you, don’t go planning to work 6, 8 hour days each week. Aim for a balance that better suits your needs. If working with a certain niche or client doesn’t light you up and leaves you stressed for days – don’t work with them. You’re the boss, so put on your CEO hat, know what’s important and what needs dropping and set up a business doing what you love.
#2: Do things your way
This doesn’t mean you can’t be coached by someone else or follow a tried and tested approach. What it does mean though, is knowing there is no magic, one-size-fits-all solution. Tweak what you’ve learnt or are implementing, to suit your needs, your personality and your business ambitions.
#3: Focus only on the next 90 days
The rest can wait. No matter what stage of business you’re in, things can change and plans can be amended. Instead of planning out the whole of 2020, start with the first 90 days and then carry out a quarterly and/or mid year review. This helps cut down on overwhelm and narrow your focus. Quite often, when we plan for the whole year, we can end up feeling boxed in or disheartened at our pace and progress. By planning only 3 months at a time, it can help you stay productive and open to what may unfold as you progress through the year.
#4: Use your planner!
I know I took a while to find a planner that worked for me, and I’m sure you’re the same. We spend a lot of time finding the right one – but often I then hear VAs saying they’re not using what they’ve bought! If you want to help your goal setting and productivity in 2020, use your planner!
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#5: Track and review your progress
Without tracking you’re not going to know what is and isn’t working. You’ll also struggle to remember what you’ve achieved, and possibly get demotivated and disheartened as a result. So track what’s important to you – regardless of whether it’s just your sales each week, your visibility online, the network events you’ve been to, or your YouTube subscribers.
#6: Be consistent
No matter what you decide is on your goal list for 2020, just implement it. Be consistent for the whole 90 days – then you can review, tweak or ditch as needed.
#7: Get visible
Being visible may be scary for many of us, but that’s not a reason to avoid it. Learn to embrace it and see it as a sign of positive growth. If you want to reach your goals for 2020, visibility is always going to play a part in that success (and it certainly isn’t going to hurt it!). Check out this recent blog post, if you need help getting visible: Are you in the visibility spotlight or hiding in plain site?
#8: Trust yourself more
You know more than you think, are braver than you believe and stronger than you seem. You’re awesome – now you just have to believe it and trust yourself more. Learn to listen to your heart, head and gut – they’re all signs that you know what you’re doing and what’s right for you.
#9: Slow down
One of my most regularly used phrases, when coaching my VA mentees is this – you don’t have to build the world in a day. Quick implementation can be a good thing, if it helps you move forward. However, working from a state of panic and stress isn’t – so focus on intentionally focusing on one thing at a time and slow down when needed. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you go, as long as you’re moving forward.
#10: Decide to be the best ‘you’ you can be
Do this for you and your clients. It doesn’t matter how many other VAs there are out there or how few clients you currently have. Hold yourself accountable for your own business success. What matters is that you are authentic, genuine and strive to be the best you can be, at all times. Treat yourself as the most important person in your life. Treat each and every client as if they’re the VIP in your business. And treat your business as if it is the best career choice you’ve ever made – because the chances are, it is. You get to work how you want, be who you want and work with whomever you choose – and that surely has to warrant a great year ahead.
So, no matter what’s on your goal list for 2020, follow these top ten recommendations to ensure your goal setting and productivity plans for the year ahead help make it an awesome one for you!
If you’d like affordable, practical support and are looking for expert help to build and grow your VA business in 2020, check out my VA:Be Awesome Club. This monthly membership club was set up to give you space to hold conversations, get extra training and accountability when you need it, and give you access to a collaborative network of other VAs to interact with and encourage you along the way! Guess what goal setting and productivity are two of our big themes this coming month and you can find more details of the VA:Be Awesome Club, here.