In this blog post, you’ll learn how to accomplish your daily business goals, your career goals or your life goals. Stick with me.
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In just a few weeks’ time, the year will end and we’ll be ushered into a new one.
You and I are going to look through our goals for the year to find out which ones we accomplished and which ones we didn’t.
Depending on what we see, we may or may not be satisfied, we may not have even smashed any goals because of how we spent the year.
Especially due to procrastination, giving flimsy excuses, and so on.
In this blog post, I want to talk about how to accomplish your daily goals for your business, career, or life.
I used to carry around this big journal from around 2019 to 2021.
In this journal, I would write down my monthly and weekly goals, and I would also write down my to-do lists.
The journal was very pretty, I got it off amazon at a cheap price. (P.S. you can use my affiliate link to get it).
It was super fancy and so I always loved to write in it. But guess what, I never open it during the day, not even to look through my to-do lists.
Whenever the day started, I just went straight to work, working on things that were not priorities.
At the end of the day, week or month, my goals would not be accomplished.
This went on for many months, until one day, I did a short life audit and concluded that the journal was too much for me.
I told myself that opening it every day to look through my daily goals was a chore and I should switch to something simpler.
So I started to write them down in my phone’s notepad since I carried my phone around and I wouldn’t fail to check.
At first, this new style worked, but eventually, I stopped checking again and started to work off plan.
I soon realized that neither the journal nor the phone was the problem, I was.
I was just too undisciplined and looked for flimsy excuses to not do real work.
So, I started to look for a better system of planning and writing down the goals that will compel me to work on them.
The following is a list of techniques that I used that are working for me.
I swear by them that they’ll be effective for you as well. Let’s take a look at them.
USE AN OBVIOUS METHOD
Surround yourself with items that will remind you of the things you want to accomplish for that day or week.
Some people have physical vision boards where they paste pictures of what their vision looks like.
Then they write down their to-do list on a sticky note and paste it on the vision board.
They then place the board where they get to look at it every day.
For me, what I started to do after I found out that I was my own problem was to write down my weekly goals in a card.
I have a Bible in 1-year plan that I do, where I read the Bible from the beginning to the end every day.
I also have a Bible study notebook where I write those things I get down.
Now, because I use the notebook first thing every morning, I place the card inside it so that when I open the notebook, my card is staring right up at me.
So that day, I have a picture of what I want to do for that day in my head.
So you can decide to go the vision board and sticker way or you can decide to use my card technique.
But I want you to know that they both work.
ASSIGN TIME TO EACH TASK
This is another great way to accomplish your daily business goals.
When you assign time to your tasks, it allows you to work efficiently.
What you want to do though is to set an alarm or a reminder that prompts you of your start and end times.
Although this is an efficient method, I didn’t find it easy at first.
In 2021, I worked with a digital agency and I had to be up early because work officially resumed at 9 am.
There were so many things for me to do before that time so I opted to assign time to all my tasks and set reminders.
I’d wake up at 6.30 am, study my Bible, and devotional for 30 minutes. When I’m done, I’d do a bit of exercise (just stretch my body a bit and do some jumping jacks) for another 30 minutes.
After that, I’d take my bath and start making breakfast. To top it all, we read a book per month and you had to do a chapter summary every day.
All of this needed to happen before 9 am. Sometimes, I just couldn’t meet up.
But what it made me do was, it made me efficient.
I began to spend a good amount of time on tasks as should be rather than spend almost all of my time on a particular task.
It made me become more time conscious and elevated my time management skills.
When you assign time to all your tasks you’ll start to become more efficient.
Make sure that you finish your task before the time is up.
Another great way to accomplish your daily business goals is to be flexible with your time and with your plans.
You need to understand when to review and adapt your plans.
Things will not always go as planned, sometimes things will will come up and when they do, you need to be able to move your plans around and be flexible.
For example, one of the biggest challenges I face when it comes to filming my YouTube videos is power.
When power is unavailable, I don’t film because using a backup generator will cause a lot of background noise.
So if it’s already on my list that I’d be filming a YouTube video but I can’t anymore, I simply move it to another time and then work on something else at that moment.
I know that we believe that our goals must be specific, but sometimes when they are too specific, we become so rigid.
If you have set a goal to lose 10kg by the 30th of December and you’ve written on your daily to-do lis that you’ll be walking for not less than 2 miles a day, and then another thing comes up, say you needed to attend to work calls around the same time of your jogging.
But because you don’t want to miss out on your weight loss program, you ignore the work call or you try to do the two at the same time.
Or worse, you do none of them and just quit on your tasks.
Being too rigid may cause you to constantly fail on reaching your goals and that can be demotivating.
WRITE DOWN YOUR PLAN FOR THAT DAY
I know they say to write down your to-do list the night before, it’s great to do so.
But I’ve found that writing down my to-do list on the day of makes it so much easier for me to accomplish.
This is because I already know what my day will look like based on what happened the night before.
You should try to do that too. When you wake up in the morning, open your journal (or your digital planner, whichever one works for you) and write down your to-do list.
If writing it down the night before works for you, no problem at all, pls continue with that.
But if you wish to try something new, you can start writing it in the morning.
I write mine in my journal just right there on my bed, and after doing all my morning routine, when I’m about to check my email and socials, I then open up my notepad and write them out again.
Writing them out twice in different places helps to stick them to memory.
SET A REALISTIC NUMBER OF GOALS
If you want to make sure that you accomplish your daily business goals, you must be realistic with your goals.
That’s what the SMART acronym is for.
If like me, you thought SMART goals were already becoming a cliche, I need you to think again.
Setting SMART goals will help you accomplish your goals easier and they’ll make you a more efficient person.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, let your goals be specific but never be too rigid that you cannot move things around when changes happen.
They also need to be measurable in the sense that you use words that describe the intended outcome.
For instance “I want to dedicate a whole week to grow my new business on Instagram and YouTube by creating valuable content daily”
As opposed to “I want to grow my business on Instagram and YouTube using content”.
An achievable or attainable goal is a goal that is not impossible to achieve.
For instance, saying you want to be a Tedx speaker in 2 years time is achievable, but saying you want to be a co-founder of Facebook isn’t likely going to happen in the farthest future.
A realistic goal is one that you can reach given your current mindset, motivation level, timeframe, skills, and abilities.
Realistic goals help you identify not only what you want but also what you can achieve.
Having too many goals for the day is counterproductive because you will not be able to achieve all of them.
Constantly setting too many goals and not accomplishing them can be frustrating.
What you can do about this is to set a routine for your recurring tasks.
Have a morning routine and use it for your reading, exercise, meditation, and so on.
So instead of writing down too many goals on your list, turn some of them into a routine by doing them at the same time every day before going to work.
DO A LIFE AUDIT
Finally, I want you to think about where you are today.
Do a life audit and ask yourself questions like “Where has my attitude toward my goals gotten me?”
Do you like the current state of your life?
If yes, do you intend to remain in this state in the next 3-5 years?
If not, what are you doing about it?
A life audit is a full, thorough assessment of your life. You take stock of anything that’s taking up time, space, mental energy, and physical energy.
You will be able to confidently determine the next steps to take that will get you to the place you want to go.
After doing all of these things (and more), I can confidently say that I don’t need the motivation to accomplish my goals.
Whatever I set my mind to do, I do it.
And that’s going to be the same thing you’d be saying once you try all the things I mentioned here.
Also, you can keep testing different techniques until you finally find which one suits you.
Whatever you do, ensure that you are takings steps that will help you accomplish your daily business goals.