Setting goals in business is a great way to make sure you push yourself harder. Here are some tips for how to set daily, weekly and monthly goals for your business that will keep you focused and help you find more success. Whether your idea of success is quality work or more income, these tips will help you accomplish both.
How To Set Daily, Weekly, & Monthly Goals For Your Business
Daily: Daily goals are things can be done in a small time frame and can measure incremental progress for yourself. These are things that can help you to feel accomplished and are reasonable to expect to complete in a day. One of the best ways to set daily goals for your business is to break down what your long term goals are into doable tasks. This means if you want to see a 10% increase in social media engagement this year, you can figure how many new followers that would be, divide it by the number of days in the year and set that as your daily goal.
Daily goals can also include simply creating a list of tasks that you want to accomplish each day. These tasks directly connect to your goals because you want to become more consistent about work that will result in those goals being reached. That could mean building a steady calendar with tasks like things listed below.
- Focus on tasks that are necessary each day like emails, responding to client questions, or comments on a website.
- Add small projects or tasks that can be completed in 1-2 hours.
- Add in things that can gauge your daily statistics and progress with your business. For bloggers and website owners this could be checking analytics for your site, but for other small businesses it can be a regular check on social media for growth and interaction.
- Spend time on education. Even if it is only reading one article or chapter of a book, spend at least one piece of time daily on learning more about and for your business.
This goal is something you can actively do, but see results of in the long term.
Weekly: These goals give you a better idea of what your long-term goal is. You can see easily if you are meeting daily goals well, or if you are trying to do too much when you look at your progress at the end of the week. A weekly goal should be something that may take a bit longer to accomplish but plays into the long-term monthly or annual goal. For a website designer, that could be a goal of preparing all images for a client one week, and then implementing them into the site design the next. If their month goal is to have a complete site overhaul, then each day they can add a singular task that will add up to the weekly goals and then ultimately fit the monthly.
Setting weekly goals for yourself can include things like completing specific projects, increasing a specific social media outreach or following and even a weekly income goal.
Some ideas for tasks that can contribute to this are below.
- New client outreach and advertising should be attended to on a weekly basis. Even if this is just something you do once or twice, it is simple to set a goal of reaching out to a set number of potential new clients, or to do at least 1-2 new things to advertise your business.
- Commit to weekly bookkeeping tasks. It may not seem like a goal, but set it for yourself so you stay on top of this necessary task. When you commit to checking your books weekly, you’ll quickly see things you have been missing. You’ll find invoice being paid more timely, late fees disappearing and an ability to budget for your business easier.
- Divide your client projects into doable weekly goals. If it is a long-term project, break it down into daily and weekly tasks that can work within your deadline.
Monthly: These goals are things that take longer to reach, but are still easy to evaluate when considering your long-term eventual goals. They help you to manage bigger goals in small chunks so you are not overwhelmed as easily. If you have a plan for making a set amount of money this year, you can look at what your current income is, and then your long-term goal. Once you figure the percentage of difference involved, you can then break down how much increase each month would accomplish your goal. By doing things like this, you can easily set realistic goals for each month.
Monthly goals should be a culmination of your daily and weekly goals. So, as you establish your goals you should make sure that your monthly goals are not more than you can accomplish in the time and breakdown you have chosen. Be realistic but aim slightly higher than you initially desire so as to challenge yourself. Some things to consider when creating monthly goals are listed below.
- Break down your goals into not just whole numbers, but percentages when dealing with income, social media growth or client growth. Seeing it on paper in a way that is easy to add up to reach your long-term goal can help you focus on the small increments to create better quality work that results in long term goals being reached with ease.
- Evaluate monthly what is working and what isn’t. Once you see clearly things that aren’t benefiting your business, you can remove them from your daily and weekly tasks and goals. Sometimes, this means you may need to totally change your direction and plan. Other times it may be a matter of the task working, but not as effectively as you would like. This means some minor tweaking of your process until you get it right.
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Setting goals for your business is one of the best ways to truly make progress and find further success. Without goals, you are left floundering without a direction to go to. These tips for setting your daily, weekly and monthly goals are going to help you to find true success for your business this year.
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