We’ve been on the topic of questions here on the blog for the last couple of weeks. We spoke about asking good questions, and how asking the right question is an important part of finding a good solution to your challenges.
Before we leave this topic, I want to share some powerful questions you can ask yourself as you look ahead and make plans for the new year.
To start, here’s a question my good friend Karyn Greenstreet encouraged me to ask myself recently.
Question #1: What did I accomplish this year?
Karyn recommends that before you start making plans for the year ahead, you should first make a list of everything you accomplished in the current year.
So much of what we do as business owners depends on our mindset. What better mindset to have going into a new year than one of confidence due to our achievements?
You might be thinking, “But I haven’t done much this year!” Do this exercise anyway.
Once you get started, you’ll remember all sorts of accomplishments — personal and business — that you can add to your list.
Spend as much time as you need to create a thorough list of all you’ve accomplished this year. When you’re done, take a good look at it, congratulate yourself, and move on to Question #2.
Question #2: What do I want to accomplish next year?
Once you’ve listed your accomplishments, work on your broad goals for the year ahead.
Maybe you have a lot of goals, or maybe they’re so large and scary you feel like backing away from them before you’ve even started.
My recommendation is to ask yourself this question about what you want to accomplish in the year ahead: “What would I be upset to not accomplish in 2014?”
Home in on these absolute must-accomplish goals, then move on to Question #3.
Question #3: What do I want to accomplish in the first quarter of next year?
Once you have your overall goals in mind, get realistic. Think about the first quarter of the year only, and decide what you’ll accomplish then.
Since the first quarter of the year is almost here, look ahead in your calendar. You may already have personal and professional commitments penciled in during these months. Take them into account as you decide what you’ll focus on at the start of the year.
The idea here is to not overwhelm yourself with too many plans, which can lead to inertia. Be realistic about what you’ll accomplish, then move on to Question #4.
Question #4: What do I want to accomplish next month?
Once you know what you want to get done next quarter, take a look at January alone, and make plans for that month only.
Here’s where you can get very specific. What do you want to accomplish each week?
Break down your goals into specific tasks. Give yourself no more than three major tasks to accomplish each day.
Allow for downtime, and for time to socialize, take care of yourself, and stay healthy.
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