Importance Of Goal Setting & Time Management For Affiliates

Sometimes when you sit down to take stock of what your business goals are you can get totally overwhelmed at how much there is to do. You’re building a business and it’s a big responsibility. You may have goals you want to reach, but when you go to chase after them, it’s difficult getting going because it is just too BIG.

What’s the secret to getting there from here? Properly setting goals in manageable bits. Those manageable bits will get you to the big goal when you are done. And will also provide you with an enormous sense of personal and professional achievement. Here’s something else to think about – those small goals achieved let us get more done with FOCUS!

Your goals will fall into three areas: short term, long term and medium term. Typically the short-term goals are daily, the long term perhaps 3 – 5 years, and the medium term would be yearly. The dailies can be simple, like call two new prospects today. The medium monthly kind of goal could be sign up 5 new team members.

With your goals in mind, you will get started in a positive frame of mind, and write them down. There is nothing like seeing them in writing to mobilize you. You will quantify your goals – meaning measure them by setting dates, times and details. Why? This is so you can measure your achievements.

Goals also need priorities, the most important to the least. Lets you get a handle on things needing to be done without feeling to overwhelmed. One thing to also remember is to keep your goals realistic and make your short-term goals something you can achieve. Then you start building in increments – short-term goals build to medium goals build to long term. Much like a map – and it IS a map, a map of your business.

The Road To Success

Along the road to your business success you will find points on the map where it’s a good idea to try and set goals you can control. And, above all else, make sure you DO your goals YOUR way. Don’t let someone else set your goals for you. Your road map to achievement means you need to set goals based on your needs and skills. Be smart and set your destination goals just a touch further than you think feels safe, not right out of reach. Set them just far enough to make you stretch to reach these goals. Bravo, you’re learning how to read that map and get to your destination.

Some of the other things you can do to set goals include: take some downtime – about 10 – 15 minutes either first thing in the morning or just before you go to bed and jot down the TO DO list for the next day. Write it in your daily planner, just so you have it with you at all times. Can you slot tasks into hours around pre-set appointments? List what is most important first.

If you’re an early bird or a night owl, figure out when you are the most productive and with it. Deal with demanding business tasks during these hours. Done a really tough task? Then make sure what follows that is easy so you can take a mini-mental break. And speaking of breaks, you need to also indicate time for friends and family. You need balance in your life to be productive.

Time Management Is Essential

Time management is a skill you will need to learn to run your business, and a skill that means you will need to work smarter, nor harder. There’s a difference between having the busy-ness thing going on and not getting much accomplished and being busy in a productive manner. That means FOCUS!

You’ll find this interesting. It’s the 80/20 rule that states 80% of unfocussed effort generates 20% worth of results. That’s not good! But look at it another way, 20 percent of your staff will cause 80 percent of your problems, but another 20 percent of your staff will provide 80 percent of your production. It works both ways. Think: what would happen if you changed your focus?

Put off things you need to do? Procrastination can undo even the most seemingly dedicated business people. You need to make time for success and that means not putting off things until tomorrow that you can accomplish today.

Need to get in the right mood, wait for the right time? Goals that need to be achieved to grow your business in a successful way wait for no man and once you have them, you must strive to reach them. Goals give focus, and what gives more pleasure than reaching your goals? Maybe it’s the way you work that needs to be looked at. Are your goals not clear, and you are underestimating task difficulties? Do you underestimate the time needed to carry out your tasks and have unclear standards for task completion? Are you deep in your heart afraid of success or failure or a perfectionist?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you need FOCUS. That doesn’t mean tunnel vision. It means honing in on what your work patterns are and then learning to adjust your habits to get that focus you need. It’s a simple equation: where you focus your attention is where you put your energy. And consider this, attention to something at hand is a matter of choice – YOUR choice! You need to choose what you want your attention to be focused on.

Find out how well you are doing by creating a focus test. Easy test, just look back at your last week and ask yourself what you did to achieve your goals, what you were focusing on. Be honest with the answer, and if the answer does happen to be you didn’t achieve your goals because you didn’t have it together, then shake your head, dust yourself off, learn from the experience and move on.