Everybody but everybody blogs about goal setting this time of year. Far be it from me to be anything but a cog in the wheel. At the same time however, work at home folks do everything just a little different than the average Joe (or Josie) Schmoe, don’t we?
Goals are especially important to telecommuters. They help get you from where you are to where you want to be. And if they are organized correctly, they do their job with minimal complications and maximum outcome.
The secret is to set goals so that they work for you instead of against you and for a telecommuter that can be hard.
You have to start at the end. When you sit down this year to make your 2009 goals list think ahead to where you want to be this time next year. Get detailed. Are you working in the same home office or corner of your bedroom? Are you even in the same field of work or do you have a whole new direction itching to blaze a trail into your future?
Once you know where you want to be in a year set a few REACHABLE goals for the next three months. And I do mean REACHABLE. You cant become the editor of Cosmopolitan in a year if your a third grade teacher in Juno Alaska today. Be reasonable.
Set goals that are clearly stated. Having a goal such as “start a home business” is not nearly as clear (and therefore as attainable) as a goal like “start a desk top publishing company by March 31rst.”
A goal like the latter gives you a road map with which to continue your life’s journey.
Goals are not to be written on New Years Eve and tucked in a drawer either. If you have a real intention to succeed your list must be reviewed every day and once every 3 months it needs to be revised and rewritten to include the new things you’ve learned. You can also add new goals for future months and years at this point.
Set a predetermined amount of time that you will spend each and every day on accomplishing your goal. Set it reasonable. If you surpass it great! If not, at least make it. Say 15 minuets a day should be spent on researching an taking action toward your goal.
The whole idea is to make your goals work for you. Don’t make goals that you have to struggle to accomplish. The hard goals can be broken up into smaller reachable goals and its all achievable. One step at a time.
You can do it. You can work at home. But you have to do the leg work. No one will do it for you.
Check this video on setting goals for a home business: