5 easy ways to keep your yearly business goals on track

It’s hard to believe it, but here we are- starting the sixth month of 2015! It wasn’t that long ago that we were all dreaming and setting goals for the New Year.  The first week of June is the perfect time for a mid-year check in with those goals. I did this on Sunday and while I have met some goals in my most areas of my life; I found I needed to re-route my path in other areas. Here are my 5 easy tips to get my yearly business goals back on track. 


On My WAHM Plan tips to keep business goals on track



1. Make planning time a priority.
It’s not enough for me to say I want to re-work how I’m tracking my blog and social media assignments; I need to formulate an action plan. By setting aside 30 minutes to review what I’ve been doing so far this year, figure out what parts work and what parts are making me dislike this necessary task, I’ll be able to finish 2015 strong and have a true workable solution moving forward.


2. Purge,  Often.
This goes for all incoming items in your life: junk mail, emails from companies you might shop with in the summer, company catalogs, group invitations that don’t fit into your wheelhouse, etc.  Allow yourself to pass on a request or business event if it truly isn’t a good fit. Purging is easy once you allow yourself to make a decisive decision and then stick with it, which leads me to number three.


 3. Decide.
In business you can’t sit on the fence for long when it comes to making decisions to approve or reject money making projects, because at the end of the day- all businesses need to have money coming in at all times.  Set aside 15 minutes to list the pros and cons of a given situation and then make your choice. Then take an actionable step: make that call, or send that email, something that will put forward motion on your decision so you won’t talk yourself out if it.  


4. Write it down.
You’ve made your decision; you’ve set your goals in motion. Good! But did you know that the simple act of writing them down helps your brain store them in your memory, making them much easier for you to remember and stick with? Try it! Write out one goal on a piece of pretty stationery, or jot it down on a colorful post-it note (my personal favorite), and it’s almost guaranteed you’ll remember to focus on that goal.

My WAHM Plan: grab a good pen and write it down!


5.Ask for help.
This tip is still a work in progress for me.  I still struggle with asking for help from my family. As a work-at-home-mom, (WAHM), I felt if I managed my time better, I could still do it all and take on a bigger work load. Wrong! 
Now, my goal is to let my family and co-workers know when I have a big assignment, and then be ready to delegate when people ask me how they can help me. It’s easy for us to shrug off offers of help, but we really shouldn’t. Whether we need task oriented help, like please unload the dishwasher, or we just need an ally to help us remember to drink more water, by asking others to help you, you are inviting them into your life on a more personal level, which helps you be a better you!


Hopefully, my 5 easy tips will help you stay, or get back on track with your yearly business goals! 


Please share in comments: What goal do you hope to accomplish before the end of the year? 

19 comments

tara pittman said...

Now that the kids are out of school I have no motivation to work. Thanks for the tips.

Yona Williams said...

Oh wow – I had no idea that we're coming on the halfway mark of 2015. I'm going to have to be more diligent in my 'purging' in regards to my business goals and practices. By the end of the year, I wish to get caught up on everything and have created a good balance between work and relaxation.

Linda A. Kinsman said...

Hi Tara,
It's a challenge to stay motivated during the summer months for sure. Thanks for stopping by!

Linda A. Kinsman said...

Hi Yona,

This year is flying past us isn't it? Purging is something I think we all can stand to do more of. I'm working on my inbox this month again by unsubscribing from newsletters etc. I don't find relavant anymore Hopefully, we will both find that balance we seek!

Sharon Martin said...

Time management is definitely one of my goals, especially as the summer holidays are approaching. Great post.

Athena Nagel said...

I totally need to do this. I just kind of wing it and every year I say I will plan better and keep it under control. NOpe - it is already June and no plan yet.

Jamie Tomkins said...

Great post!! It's always great to set goals, even if you don't achieve all of them!! Love the tips!

MikiHope said...

Just recently my bank decided to no longer download into Quicken--and since Quicken essentially forced me into upgrading to 2014 neither will PayPal!! Now I have to not only catch up two months of unlogged expenses and deposits--I have to figure out how to remember to enter each and every day--I use my debit cards a lot!! This too shall pass and where there is a will there is a way!!

Jeff Taylor said...

My "business goals" are to pay off a lot of debt this year. This means making choices every week- while also not being so cheap that life is miserable. Good advice!

Linda A. Kinsman said...

Hi Sharon,

Time management does get trickier in the summer months for sure!

Linda A. Kinsman said...

Hi Athena,

I love reading your blog and appreciate you sharing that you wing it. Makes me feel there is hope for me after-all, because sometimes even my best plans get lossed in the shuffle of everyday work/family life balance.

Linda A. Kinsman said...

Hi Jamie,

Goals are very important in business and life!

Linda A. Kinsman said...

Hi Michelle,

Oh no! I'd be stressed too if I had to start from scratch like that. I wish you lots of patience as you figure out the best ocurse of action. I really should do my record keeping every day as well, but just can't seem to find the time to do that.

Linda A. Kinsman said...

Hi Jeff,
Yours is an excellent goal for the year! Money management is top of mind for us as well as we watch the shrinking middle class in our region.

Bridget - The Recipe Wench said...

Excellent tips! I do a lot of these but not all so thank you for the nudge! And thanks for sharing with us at the Inspire Me Mondays Link-Up!

Rebecca Swenor said...

These are great tips for keeping your yearly business goals. I think the planning time is definitely the number one thing to do. Writing everything down is also so important. Thanks for sharing.

Rose Powell said...

What great tips, I love #5, ask for help, accept offers for help, delegate tasks, yes, I have a problem with asking for help. I'm rather run around frantically like a chicken with my head cut off before asking for help. But I'm SLOWLY learning that a little help can go a long way. Thank you for sharing this post!

Linda A. Kinsman said...

Hi Rose,

So glad you found these tips helpful. I think we all struggle with delegation from time to time. I'm sure my family would be happy to share times when I too was running around like a chicken with my head cut off!

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