If so, have a think about this:
How are you deciding what to spend your time on each day?
Unless you are spending your time on activities linked to your goals and the things that deliver results, you won’t achieve what you really want.
With that in mind, here are 4 steps to support you in keeping on track and focussing your time and effort in the right place.
Remember, these steps are as important to creating your ideal life as they are to achieving your desired business results too!
Step 1 – Measure
Measuring the outcome of what you are investing your time in is crucial.
It allows you to see what is working well and what isn’t. You can take corrective action to head off problems before they occur.
It is important to measure activities linked to achieving your goals and your desired results.
In your business – what are the key things that influence successful results? Measure those.
Tip: think of all the roles you would find on a Board of Directors – think of what they would measure. Remember: when you are self employed, you are the CEO and entire Board of Directors for your business.
In your personal life – what things would make you feel really fulfilled, happy and add real quality to your life and relationships? Measure those.
Step 2 – Review
Measuring on its own isn’t going to change anything. It is what you do with the information you have measured that is the foundation to creating change and improving your results. Use what you have measured to review your progress and to drive your decision making.
Step 3 – Action plan
Once you have completed the first two steps, use the information to drive your decisions and action plans and to choose what you will spend your time on and focus on.
Step 4 – Repeat
If you are really serious about achieving your goals and getting the results you want, this process needs to be carried out regularly.
This will allow you to identify potential problems in advance. It is an opportunity to adapt, tweak and upgrade your plans to keep you going in the right direction and on track to achieve the results you want.
Put in place a regular schedule for this process.
I recommend to my clients that they set up a monthly “Board Meeting”. This meeting is to review what they have measured, make decisions based on the information they have gathered and set action plans based on this for the following month.
This is a very simple process but extremely powerful in its ability to drive results. Give it a try.
Do you do this already? If so, how does it work for you? If you don’t do this yet, what difference do you think it would make to your results if you did? Please share your views in the comments below.