In my previous post I discussed the reasons why I believe people fail at New’s Years Resolutions. The biggest reason they fail is because they are using a broken process. Here is the process I use.
- Start with a 3-5 year vision. The 3-5 year vision is where I determine what I want my life to be like in the future. This is the most important step in the goal setting process. Remember where I stated earlier that most people underestimate what they can accomplish in five years. The 3-5 year vision establishes where I want to go and what I want to become.
- Now that I have my 3-5 year vision I break my 3-5 year vision into yearly goals. I determine what must occur each year in order for me to achieve my 3-5 year vision.
- Annually, I look at the next twelve months. I know what my goals are for this year. I develop a strategy to accomplish this years goals. The strategy enables me develop a plan of action that will lead to me successfully achieving my yearly goals.
- Quarterly, I develop my quarterly priorities. The quarterly priorities detail what I must do over the next 90 days to accomplish the quarterly priorities. Each quarter has 13 weeks and 3 months. I now develop tasks, benchmarks and objectives that I will use for each week and each month.
- Monthly I review my progress on my quarterly priorities. I determine where my successes are and where my failures occur. I analyze why I was successful and why I failed. I refine and adjust my objectives so that I build on my successes and make corrections to what I’ve done that resulted in failures. I set monthly priorities the set the direction of what I will work on the following month. I develop monthly projects. The monthly projects list the actions that I need to perform to achieve my quarterly projects. By doing this monthly review process I determine now what needs to be done in the future. I don’t have to think about it later. I already know what needs to be done because I did the heavy lifting of thinking.
- Weekly I review my monthly priorities and monthly projects. I determine what projects I will work on. I look at my monthly priorities and monthly process to determine what I will work on this week. I develop a list of items to work on during the next week. This list is divided into two categories. I have my business priority list and my personal priority list. I look at last week’s priorities list and hold myself accountable to the priority list. I determine what items were completed on my list and what items remain uncompleted. I now develop my priority list for the next week. I schedule time during the next week to accomplish those weekly priorities.
Every week I succeed at accomplish some items on my weekly priority list. Most weeks there are uncompleted items on my weekly priority list. That means I failed to complete those items. Ultimately, I’ve made progress on moving forward. This week I’m closer to my 3-5 year vision than I was last week. Every week, I’m working on the tasks that will move me closer to where I want my business and personal life to be.