Achieving Your Goals in 2015

Want to accomplish some big things in 2015, but not sure where to start? Look no further! In this month’s post, Wendy Clark (Carpe Diem founder and CEO) shares her secrets to success that took Carpe Diem from a one-woman startup to the largest residential cleaning company in the Triangle.

1) Write Down Your Goals

writing down goals

Write down your goals

The most fundamental piece of my life-approach is setting goals. At the end of every year I take time to listen to what I am being called to do, and I plan out what I’ll be working on in the coming year. I purposefully take time to think, and I write it down. These are two standard, no-brainer things that anyone can tell you: take the time to think and to write down your thoughts/ideas/goals. Make this a priority. Your life is too busy to not do this.

There’s definitely something to be said for writing your goals down, even if it’s just in the form of minimal sentences. Some people write down lots of details concerning their goals, while I on the other hand am not detail-oriented and stick to writing down the basic thoughts. Goals can take many forms. I might write down “I would like to sell 30 units of X”, or “I would like to create an entrepreneurial curriculum,” or I might make a list of key relationships that I want to focus on this year. Your goals may look very different, but the important thing is to write them down. I handwrite my goals using pen and paper. I think there’s something to be said for that too, though it might be more your style to record them electronically. I also recommend having a special place where you write down your goals. I have two pages of my planner that are devoted to my goals. There’s no use in writing down a goal on a sticky note if you’re just going to lose it!

2) Budget Time

Goal setting and budgeting time go hand in hand. Once you have decided on your goals, intentionally budgeting your time will enable you to achieve those goals. As I’m planning for the year I take a look at the calendar and think about what my annual “rocks” are. (If you’re not familiar with Stephen Covey’s time management illustration using rocks, pebbles, and sand, take a moment and watch this video, actually seeing the illustration acted out is really powerful.) I take the time to prioritize my rocks for the year, for each month, and for each week. I plan my written To Do lists out according to the week, whereas other people operate on a daily basis. Every week I assemble my list so that at the beginning of Monday I know what I will be getting done during the week. Planning in weeks works very well for me, maybe because I’m not detail oriented, but I know many people go day by day with their lists. [Read more…]