Knock the socks off 2017!
It’s so hard to get big or new things done when you run a small business isn’t it?! With so much on the daily to-do list there just doesn’t seem time to fit “other” stuff in. How can you oomph up your business when you’re already super-busy? When are you going to get that new website done? How can you fit more marketing in? When are you going to set up your online shop? How are you going to start blogging? Gah! Where does time go!
The good news is that there *IS* a way to get this stuff done! It’s called the 100 Day Goal and it’s totally the BEST way to make important business-y progress. Plus it’s super-doable! Want to know more?!
100 Day Goal
The idea of the 100 Day Goal is super-simple. Set yourself a goal to reach in the next 100 Days and then do something every day towards that goal. Easy, yes?! In practise it’s a wee bit more tricky. You need to have a “good” goal and some tricks in place to make it easy to do ‘something every day’. More on that in a minute. First though, why 100 days?
Why it needs to be 100 days
You might not know this, but 100 days really is the BEST length of time to work on a goal! Longer than that and you’ll have no urgency to get going; shorter and there’s not enough time to accomplish something big. 100 days is the Goldilocks of Goals. It’s just right!
A “Good” Goal
We’ve been running the 100 Day Goal with The Business Bakery for three years now and more than 10,000 people have done it with us (You can too! It’s Free! Just pop your details in here!). What we’ve learned is that it’s super-important to have the right goal! In fact 87% of the 100 Day Goalers who didn’t achieve their goal said that they thought it was because they hadn’t picked a “good” goal.
Tips for picking a good goal.
- Pick ONE thing. A single goal is better than multiple goals. It’s all about focus!
- Really WANT it. Make your goal something YOU desperately want to achieve. So not something you think you should aim for but something you really totally WANT to accomplish.
- Decide on DOABLE. Big stretch goals are great but let’s get real here. You’re busy, you have a business to run. What’s really doable?! Reaching a small goal will motivate you much more than missing a big goal.
- Be super-SPECIFIC. You need to know what finished looks like! Exactly! So if your goal is, say, to revamp your website, what does that look like exactly?! I like number goals (like a sales target) because I know exactly what that looks like!
- Make it MEASURABLE. There’s nothing like seeing progress to keep you going so pick a goal that you can measure (each day if poss) and you’ll feel much more inclined to persevere!
(More tips on setting a good goal in the 100 Day Goal workbook., here)
Take action *every* day!
The 100 Day Goal works best when you do at least one small action towards it every day. Partly `cos “Dripping water wears away a stone”, but also because doing a small action every day turns the 100 Day Goal into a habit. And when something’s a habit it becomes a breeze to do.
This sounds easy but it’s amazing how tricky we actually find it! Often we get stuck on what actions we should do (especially when we’re short on time it’s hard to think clearly on what’s the best next step to take). So here are some practical tips to help you take action EVERY day.
Making taking action EASY!
- Make a Master Action List.
Before the 100 days start make a list of 100 actions you can do towards your goal. Yes-100! They don’t need to be big ones. In fact little Microactions are perfect. There are some tips for creating your Master Action List in the 100 Day Goal Workbook which you can download for FREE here)
- Prepare a Weekly Action List.
At the start of each week (maybe on a Sunday night?!) look through your Master Action list and pick the Actions that you are going to do this week. (More info and a (free!) printable Weekly Action List in the 100 Day Goal Workbook here)
- Plan tomorrow, tonight.
Deciding the Actions you are going to do the next day, the night before, is totally the BEST way to make sure you take action every day. Just pick one or two things off your Weekly Action List and pop them on your ToDO list for the next day. Turning your Actions into items on your ToDo list helps them get done! (We’ve got a (free!) printable 100 Day Goal Daily ToDo List in the 100 Day Goal Workbook here)
- Do your 100 Day Goal `Action” first thing in the morning.
This isn’t always easy to do but when you do your goal “Action” first thing you won’t run out of time to do it!
- Keep a 100 Day Journal.
This is the MAGIC that really brings the 100 Day goal together! Buy a journal with 100 pages and every night write in it:
*what Actions you took towards your goal today
*what progress you’ve made today (so if your goal is to sell 500 dresses: the number of dresses you sold today)
*what progress you’ve made to date towards your goal (so if your goal is to sell 500 dresses: the number of dresses you have sold to date)(We’ve got a free printable which you can use as a template for your 100 Day Journal here plus some tips on keeping your 100 Day Journal here)
- Join a buddy group.
100 Days is a l-o-n-g time to stay motivated. Most of us feel pretty excited at the beginning but sheesh it is a bit of a slog! Joining a buddy group is a great idea to help keep you going. We’ve got a super-nice Facebook group that does just THAT! Fancy joining us? Details with the 100 Day Goal Workbook here.
Right! 100 days IS a long time so you might need regular doses of motivation along the way! Here are three things that always help:
- Doing it with friends (new and old!).
It totally helps to have friends encouraging you along! Maybe you can do the 100 Day Goal with friends or you could do it with us in the Facebook group (Just pop your details in here and we’ll welcome you in)
- Tracking your progress.
Seeing your progress makes you want to work harder. It’s true! Three good ways of tracking your progress are the 100 Day Journal (see above), Don’t Break the Chain and Colouring Visuals (we talk about these two in the Workbook!)
- Keeping an eye on your goal.
You’ll see in the printables that we suggest you write your goal down every day! Yup! It helps to remind you why you’re doing this! You can also write your goal up on the wall by your workspace or make a gorgeous visual to look at!
Fancy doing the 100 Day Goal with us?
We’re starting the 100 Day Goal with The Business Bakery on 1 January 2017. Fancy joining us? You get the 100 Day Goal Workbook, cute printable Master Action list, Weekly Action Lists, 100 Day Journal template (which you can use as your journal) AND you get to join our little Facebook group, full of people like you, doing the 100 Day Goal PLUS you get a sweet daily email reminding you to write your journal and telling you how many days you’ve done! And it’s all FREE! If you like the sound of this click here
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