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Goal Setting and Action Plan for 2013

December 8, 2012

By Carol Amato

Goal Setting and Action Plan

The New Year is the time when we all make ambition-packed resolutions or renew our plans and goals for the following year.  We vow to make it happen this time, and we plan and prepare our entire lives to make sure it happens.  Then, February arrives and we realize we started off with a bang and have ended up discouraged and frustrated.  We had the best of intentions – so what happened?

Simply speaking – the goals you set turned out to be only dreams.  You didn’t know how or didn’t have the passion to make them a reality.  What you needed was a plan of action.  Dreaming and setting goals looks and sounds great, but won’t get you anywhere if you don’t have an action plan. 

Moving beyond goals and dreams takes a great action plan that you can use to plot your success and meet your financial goals.  But, many people don’t know how to set goals.  Don’t feel alone – it’s mostly a learned skill.  Some begin with goals too lofty to be real, and you can become discouraged quickly.

Goal Setting and Action Plan

Here are 5 time-worthy tips to help you with your plan of action that will ensure success in 2013:

  1. Don’t set unreachable goals.  There’s nothing more frustrating than falling incredibly short of your goals.  Start out by setting a financial benchmark based on a time that is easily attainable.  If you reach that goal earlier than your target date, good for you.  Use the time to research, plan, implement and reassess your next goal.

  2. Set daily, weekly and monthly goals.  Don’t simply say that you’re going to make $100,000 this year.  Divide it Goal Setting and Action Planup into attainable goals, and you can enjoy each victory along the way.  And, don’t just set dollar amounts.  How are you going to reach those financial goals?  You need to plan every aspect of your path to success for the day, week, month and year.

  3. Set your priorities.  What’s going to do you the most good in the long haul?  You’ve heard the old saying, “You’ve got to love yourself before you can love another?”  Well, you’ve also got to make yourself your Number One client. 

    Putting yourself first means that you create an environment that’s going to put you over the top, professionally.  When you put yourself first, you’ll be more able to take care of other priorities down the line.  Priorities such as spending a certain time period working on affiliate marketing or writing helpful content can make all the difference.

  4. Identify and alleviate distractions.  Distractions are probably the number one cause of Internet marketers not reaching their goals.  Somehow, when you work from home, others think you’re free from responsibilities and don’t have a ‘real’ job.  Think about what your distractions were that kept you from reaching your long term goals.  Once you identify them you can take steps to eradicate them. 

    Unplug your phone, turn off the television or anything you know you must do to keep those distractions at bay.  The Pomodoro Technique is often used successfully to reduce distractions and increase productivity.  Research it and I think you’ll find it very helpful, and check out this post on how to overcome procrastination.

  5. Execute your strategies for success.  Jump into your plan of action like you’re saving your life.  Give 100% of everything you do to make 2013 the most successful year yet.  Set the Focus Master timer, kitchen timer or Pomodoro timer, and go to town, staying focused on ONE task until complete!

Goal Setting and Action PlanThere’s no magic formula for success – nor is there a get rich quick plan that will work.  Planning and implementing are the only ways to turning your dreams into reality. 

Use the tips above to help you reach each and every goal on your list.  But, you know yourself better than anyone.  Create your own strategies that will work for you and get an accountability partner.

The Importance of Time Management

Time management techniques are critical for reaching short and long term goals.  Being able to focus on the task at hand is difficult for most of us, so I recommend using a time management tool that will work for you.

I used to think that being able to multi-task is a skill, and boy was I wrong!  It’s really a distraction that could keep you from reaching the ultimate goal of offering the best product you can to your readers/subscribers.  When you give your full attention to one task at a time, you’ll ensure that the results are quality – not thrown together when your attention was divided.

Tools such as those I’ve listed below can really put you back on an effective time-management track:

  • Chrometa.  This app lets you track how much time you’re spending on tasks without the use of timers or notes. Chrometa can be your personal time-keeper by noting how much time you spend on an application, which file orGoal Setting and Action Plan email you’re working on and creating a timeline that you can see at a glance.  Chrometa charges a monthly fee, but you can take the “tour” first to see if it will work for you and is something that might help you reach your 2013 goals.

  • Pomodoro.  This is a technique, rather than an app, but it’s great to learn and implement to help you decrease distractions and become much more productive by teaching you how to focus and concentrate.  Read about it and tell me what you think.  By the way, pomodoro means ‘tomato’ in Italian.   ;-)

  • KanbanFlow.  This is also a great tool and very intuitive in managing projects.  You can easily visualize your work by viewing your personal Kanban board that will show your various tasks, how much time you’ve spent and how much time you allotted to a particular task. 

    You can move tasks around, divide into subtasks or change how you want to deal with it.  Kanban Flow is a free tool and also provides a timer.  The KanbanFlow method actually utilizes similar principles found in the Pomodoro Technique.Goal Setting and Action Plan
  • Create Your Own Time Management Plan.  You may only need a simple timer to help you stay focused on a task.  Set the timer and then go to work.  When time is up, take a quick break and then go to another task.

I plan to use one or some of the great tools out there to help me in my time management goals, but do what works best for you.  Click Here to Tweet this Post.

Time is our most precious gift – and when you know how to manage it effectively, you’ll change your world.  Make 2013 the best year ever by setting goals and then managing your time so that you can reach them.  Start now!

Click here to see another cool post called Revisiting the Four Keys to Success.

Take Care,
Carol





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  • http://clydereid.com Clyde

    Carol,
    One thing I have always tried to teach people who are new to Internet Marketing is that you MUST use what you sell. That is the only way you can give an honest review, truly believe in and know the value of a product.

    This post has made me stop and realize I am guilty of not practicing what I preach.

    Dave and I have developed an outstanding mutli media product on setting and reaching goals and I am the worlds worst at doing that. I think it comes from being in the brick and mortar service business most of my life where goals had to be changed every day.

    I am going to watch my own videos as well as taking note of the products you have mentioned and get myself moving in the right direction for 2013.

    After I do that I should be able to help others do the same.

    As always I really need to thank you for rattling my cage with your posts.

    Merry CHRISTmas and Many Blessings,
    Clyde

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hello Clyde,

      Well, your comment was like a breath of fresh air! It’s nice to see someone being so transparent… Without a doubt, this will help others do the same…

      I believe we all face similar challenges and can learn from each other. I appreciate your candid remarks, after some introspection, and you’re welcome, but please know I usually share what helps me first – and my readers get the overflow. :-) I agree with recommending a product/service only if you’ve checked it out and found it to be valuable. I’ve stuck to my guns with this, and could have grown financially A WHOLE lot faster, but it’s not ALL about the money for me. I have to be able to sleep at night and have a clean conscience, so I try my best to treat others the way that they would like to be treated.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours and a wonderful, productive, prosperous New Year!

      – Carol

  • http://thetrafficdanceautosurf.com/ Jay Dee

    Hi Carol
    I used your link to “website worth” and joined by them. I let various sites be checked, that I have, most were rated any where from $6000 to $24,000 by one it was estimated at $50,948 dollars,. thetrafficdanceautosurf, from these dance sites I own 23, some are filled and running in web, some are not.
    This little image where the price of your site is, I did not become, for any site, did you make this yourself or is it from them.
    Have a Beautiful Sunday
    Thanks
    Jay

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hello Jay,

      Yes, it is a widget that I got from them. They provided the code, and I made a side bar widget out of it (HTML) and displayed it a few days ago.

      Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. :)

      - Carol

  • http://www.patricia-weber.com Patricia Weber

    Thanks for suggesting a few tools to help measure productivity. I’m headed over to check out two of them.

    As an introvert, I suffer if I multi-task. There has been study after study that proves – it’s not all it’s cracked up to me.

    Valuable content share, thanks.

    Patricia

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Thanks for the kind words, Patricia. It is an essential part of success!

      Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. :)

      - Carol

  • Sam Alnawar

    Great post.. I will add to the post one thing that I do
    in my business and it’s been very effective for me..

    I write down all my goals and the things that I want to implement
    in my business, I list everything that I think of.

    So now I have a long list. What do I do with it?

    I visit it EVERYDAY and see which one of all the tasks is the best
    to start with and that will have the biggest impact in the success of
    my business.

    Every time I come up with a great idea I add it to the list. I also always
    update the list because sometimes an idea might sounds amazing and
    in a month or more you find out that it’s not a good one, so I cross it
    from the list.

    So by visiting my “list to do” everyday and always updating it I’ve been so
    focused and more productive..

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      That’s great, Sam!

      I map out my month with blog posts, emails, goals, etc…So I have weekly, monthly and yearly goals and plan of action.

      Different methods work for different people, but it’s true…needs to be focused on for success! :-)

      Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. :)

      - Carol

  • Eva

    Hi Mrs. Amato! Just wanted to thank you for telling us about the Pomodoro Technique. It has been a big help to me with my study time and I blogged about it yesterday. Hope you have a great day!

    • http://ccamato.net Carol Amato

      Hi Eva!

      You’re very welcome – so glad you have benefited from it. My son also used a speed reading course, and this has increased his productivity, while still resulting in high comprehension…

      Wishing you all the best. :)
      - Carol

  • http://www.danmarketeer.com/ dan

    Sometimes we also need some type of motivation when your plan of action fails for some reason,not all plan of actions come out the way you want it and then you might feel a bit low,Motivation is what also gets you going to get back on track with any plan of action!
    Thanks Carol great post!

    • http://ccamato.net Carol Amato

      Hi Dan,

      Yep, I agree, Dan – and for me my goals help motivate me because I am doing this for my family. :) So, it’s sort of a circle…

      Glad you liked the post and have a great weekend.
      - Carol

  • Adrian

    I’m glad I see this thanks Carol for sharing this.=)

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hi Adrian,

      You are welcome – let me know if I can help in any way.

      Have a great weekend.
      - Carol

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