Ah, the New Year. We just got through the busyness of the holidays and we can finally take a break…or not. The days are short, the nights are long, and we can find ourselves working harder than ever to make progress before Spring. Or not.
For me it seems that time keeps slipping by–leaving a pile of hoped-for actions undone (Tasks), Objectives and Goals not achieved, and my ultimate purpose unfulfilled (Vision). Like me, many small business owners have a good grasp of their Vision or dream but struggle to find the time to tactically achieve it. Others are focused on a myriad of Goals without taking time to tie it back to either a broader Vision or focused actionable Tasks.
Many of us struggle to achieve our Vision and Goals, yet the basis of achieving our Vision and Goals is finding time for ourselves, to refocus on our priorities with intentionality. Over the past few years, it has been my honor to coach hundreds of entrepreneurs, brainstorming ways to blast through struggles and create meaningful progress.
EVERY shared struggle we face falls under one of three main categories: Time, Treasure, or Talent—and usually the need for more of each. MKE’s Small Business Coach has developed three multi-part series designed to share suggestions and prompt insights into your Time, Talent and Treasure.
If we are going to get serious about owning our time, we need to prioritize our focus.
We begin with the Time series, where we address crucial distinctions and provide practical tips to achieve sustained progress by finding Time to use the right Tasks to move us toward our Goals and fulfilling our Vision.
Vision begets Goals; Goals beget Tasks. It doesn’t go the other way around: a set of Tasks does not create a Vision, and a stack of Goals put on a whiteboard don’t magically generate a Vision. Vision is about seeing the future we want to create. Goals mark checkpoints along the path to achieving our Vision. Tasks are the concrete steps we take to achieve our Goals.
Find 15 minutes (no more) and brainstorm out everything that comes to mind when you think about what you are doing, what you want to achieve and why you are doing it (your Vision, Goals and Tasks). Don’t worry about labeling them at this point, just spill them out. Let’s talk about what you wrote down and move you to the next step.