Take Action ~ A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss.
Take Action on your next goal, SMART actions that is.
You have read the books, bought the audios, subscribed to newsletters, and purchased the organizers and other items of organization just to find you are still unorganized and unsure as to where to start.
You can purchase one hundred books read until the cows come home and your state of unorganized hubbub will remain the same because you never started the ball (stone) rolling.
Today you need to take action or you will find yourself in the same place for years to come. You need to get clear about one thing.
You must get organized.
Take out a piece of paper and write across the top in big capital letters the word SMART. Each letter actually stands for something that you can put into action. I want you to think about just one area that you want to get organized right now. Keep this area in mind as you develop your action plan.
S– The “S” stands for specific. You need to get specific about your goal. Don’t just say organize my office. You need to be very specific. Such as: I need to organize how work flows through my office by creating a new filing, work flow, and prospecting system. It will also help to add in the six w questions:
Who: Who will be involved?
What: What do I want to accomplish
Where: Identify the locations
When: Establish a timeframe
Which: Identify any requirement and restriction that would affect your plan
Why: Write out specific reasons, purpose and benefits of accomplishing your goal
M– The “M” stands for measurable. How will you measure these results? Using the example of office organization, you can measure the results by
A– The “A” stands for attainable. In this area you will wisely write out the steps you will follow to bring your goal to life (so to speak). How do you expect to achieve these goals? Will you hire someone (delegate), simplify what you are currently doing to reduce paperwork, or automate the process by purchasing prospecting software?
R– The “R” stands for realistic. How realistic are your steps. Can you afford the automation software? Should you hire or outsource to save money? Is your time frame to restrictive? Simply, does it make since?
T– The “T” stands for time frame. Set a realistic time frame for each step within your overall time frame. This will help you stay on track.
What can you realistically achieve?
By taking action and preparing your “SMART” goals you will improve your efficiency and the process of getting things done; but most importantly your business will be more organized and profitable.
As you become familiar with preparing smart goals, you will automatically plan, implement and execute your goals with little effort.