Entering the new year has always been one of my favorite times of the year as it’s a time that I like reflect on the closing year, celebrate the successes that came with it, and create new goals for the new year head. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the whirl wind of the holidays that I find it important to schedule time to really sit down and create a strong game plan for the next year… for those of you who really like to plan this time may come before the holidays.
This week, Michelle and I wanted to share some goal setting and business planning tips that we’ve implemented to set ourselves up for an awesome 2016.
- Look at your numbers and set a budget
Some questions to ask yourself when you plan how much money you anticipate to spend through out the year: How much money do you expect to make? How much of it do you want to save? How much are you setting aside for your vacations, retirement, taxes? Where can you cut costs? Where are you comfortable spending more money?
Taking a look at your previous year and knowing where your money went on a month to month basis will help you determine what changes you can make to live the life you want and plan to live. It will also relieve any anxieties you have about spending and will leave you free to spend fearlessly… (as long as you’re staying within your budget) 🙂
- Set goals throughout the year
Start broad with your goals for the year, then set quarterly goals, monthly goals, and every week set your weekly goals. Be sure to revisit these goals and make changes where you see necessary.
- Lay out your calendar year
Just like goal setting, start by looking at the entire year and block out the time you plan to go on trips, vacations, and special holidays. Next, look at each month and fill in your routine activities and deadlines. Lastly, each week schedule time to take a look at what’s coming up and where you can fill in your meetings, dinner dates/lunches, and things you need to get done on your to-do list. Every morning, take a look at your calendar and make a daily action plan by time blocking by the hour. Some tools that we use are Google Calendar for desktop, Sunrise Calendar App for mobile, and Trello.com for task management and daily activities.
- Find your big “why”
Getting really clear about what drives you to work hard and the reason why you do what you do is so imperative to help sustain you throughout the year when it comes time to doing the things you don’t want to do. Each year your why might change or you may need to tweek it a little so that it has that magic to get you up and running. Each year Michelle and I set out our whys and we make it the theme of the year. We even created dream boards to get really specific and to help up visualize what we want for our futures. It’s a fun activity, you should try it!
Whatever your goals are, knowing exactly what you are supposed to do to get there and taking action on them is a guaranteed road to accomplishing anything you set your mind to. Of course, if Real Estate is a part of your goals, we are here to help you set out your plan and turn those goals into a reality. Let’s make it a great year together! Cheers to 2016 being filled with lots of love, joy, and prosperity!