Setting goals is important for me- both in my business and in my personal life. I’m a goal oriented person and I like having something to work towards. We’ll talk later about setting reasonable, manageable, and achievable weight loss and fitness goals. That’s not to say that you couldn’t use these goal planning sheets for something other than your business, of course. But since this post is about goal setting for work at home moms this particular set of sheets was created with that in mind.
Why Goal Setting is Important for Work at Home Moms
Most successful women create a set of goals that they strive to reach, which helps them stay on track as they work toward success. Without setting goals and applying effort to long-term improvement, you won’t get very far even if you do work hard.
This is especially true if you’re trying to balance maintaining a busy household with helping your young business flourish. Here are some tips that may be helpful to women entrepreneurs while setting goals for themselves and their businesses.
Consider Using Visual Aids
You may not think of visual aids like graphs or progress charts when it comes to forming a professional plan. But, these things are more effective motivators than you may think. Looking at a visual representation of the progress you’ve made can make a bigger impact than simply looking at the numbers.
Not only that, creating a fun graphical image also gives you something that you can display around your workplace to motivate your team members and to help the business accomplish the goals that you’ve laid out.
You can also use my free goal planning sheets. Print one out as often as needed. You can track up to four goals on each sheet.
You can either use this version (which you can download here) or you can get an editable version that will allow you to type into the sheet directly.
Be Optimistic, But Realistic
It’s important that the goals you set for yourself or your business be things that you can realistically accomplish. If you strive to do something that isn’t possible for you to do, you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment in the future.
If you can’t imagine yourself possibly achieving a goal, you may want to set your sights lower for the time being. However, it’s also important to challenge yourself with the goals that you create. If you set goals that are too easy to achieve, then it will create the illusion of success without motivating you to do everything that you can.
One Thing at a Time
Motivating yourself to complete a complicated project can be daunting. When you try to deal with every aspect of a problem at once, it’s very easy to become overwhelmed. Try to break each project up into as many smaller parts as you can in order to keep your short-term goals as simple as possible. This will give you something to feel accomplished about at every successful stage of the project, rather than only once everything is finished.
Keep Track of Your Progress
Once you’ve laid out your goals, you need to stick to the plan in order to make them happen. Make sure that you keep track of what you’re doing in order to achieve your goals, and see how much success you’ve had. Take some time each week or month to go over the progress you’ve made and adjust your goals according to your current needs.
You should always be comfortable with the goals you set. The process of setting goals doesn’t need to be an arduous task. Take time to think about what you really want to accomplish in the next year… five years… and even ten years. Don’t just scribble something down on paper for the sake of saying you have goals. You’ll rarely accomplish anything that way.
Even if you haven’t set goals in the past, it’s never too late to start.