I love 100-day goals.
Why? For the simple reason that they are so tangible and…
100 days is just a little over 3 months.
The reason I love working in 100-day blocks is that you can actually see how you are progressing.
There is a finite timeline, and at the end, you’re expecting a result.
Why it works
The reason is simply this…it’s not too far into the future. You do not have the luxury of taking your eye off the ball.
The focus has to be on pushing to move forward each day. This means you can actually see your progress – or if you slack off, you’ll have to rush to catch up.
Procrastinating is not an option.
100 days may sound like a good amount of time, but the reality is that it goes whizzing pass! It is also far more tangible than setting 6 or 12-month goals
To achieve 100 day goals means being disciplined.
Discipline is the secret
Think about it, it’s really easy to waste a few hours here and there.
For example, spending too much time on social media, allowing your routine to be interrupted without a valid reason, neglecting to switch your email to offline mode, and so the list goes on.
With 100-day goals, you are on a countdown timer. There is a finite amount of time and you have a set goal ahead of you.
To get there needs discipline.
No time to go down rabbit holes – and yes, there are a zillion rabbit holes waiting for you to end up down.
There is no time for saying could have, would have, should have.
You just need to get the show on the road by taking the steps to move towards your set goal.
Measurable, Achievable & Progressive – MAP
Every action you take towards your goal needs to be mapped out.
If you don’t follow your MAP, it is highly likely that you’ll deviate or get totally lost.
The key to succeeding and achieving is by being disciplined and setting realistic goals that you work towards one step at a time.
Yes, habits. Things that you do every day.
One of the worst habits is timewasting, blaming and procrastinating. To achieve your goals these habits need to be shut down.
Good daily habits need to be adopted if you want to move forward.
Actionable steps need to become a part of your daily routine.
Breaking your business days into time blocks works wonders.
Choosing your time blocks will depend on what you are wanting to achieve and the nature of your business.
The minimum blocks that ones I find myself always recommending are:
1. Me Time
Time dedicated just to you. Only you.
It’s at the top of this list because it’s vital that you have time to recharge your batteries and do what feels good for you.
I use my “Me Time” to go paddling, sit down with a book, walk along the beach or chill out with Netflix. I schedule these time blocks into my day.
“Me Time” can also mean a short break away for a few days when I switch everything off to simply refresh, reframe and relax.
2. Business development time
This is the time that you spend on developing your business.
You need to be spending time daily on business development because it is a way of ‘feeding your funnel’ and ensuring you have ongoing connections. Don’t just do this when you are searching for new business.
Remember that people like doing business with those they know, like and trust. So maintaining and developing relationships is essential to your ongoing business success.
For Dragon Sisters, our business development time includes catching up with former clients, spending time on social media interacting with other business pages, being a guest speaker, writing a blog post, newsletter, doing some phone catch-ups or investigating a business tool.
Just like it says, it’s all about getting your core business done – it’s about working IN the business.
It looks different for everyone. Some may have regular office hours, others may have flexibility. But whatever the case, your working time needs to be blocked out and you need to be sticking to a schedule.
If you’re a mechanic it means working on the cars, for a writer it’s the time you spend writing, as a coach it means the time you spend coaching or working on material, a B&B means this is the time you’re dealing with guests and making sure your premises are in tip-top condition.
4. Family Time
It is absolutely essential to be slotting in family time. What your personal blocks look like will very much depend on your circumstances.
My children are adults, so family time for me means; a girls night with my daughter once a week, time visiting my elderly parents every couple of days when I am on Bribie Island; dinner with my kids each night if we are all in the same house.
It also means running my 16-year-old niece to basketball if I happen to be on Bribie. The driving time is a valuable bonding time. I listen as she chatters away about whatever is happening in her life/on her mind.
Family time can take many forms, but the key ingredient is being present it the moment and putting work aside.
The rest of the time is flexible – according to your personal circumstances.
It’s not easy
Yes, it can be a struggle to get the time blocks happening.
I’ve been there.
As a result of my personal experience I also know that unless you get this happening, you will continue to struggle to achieve your goals.
This is where having someone on your side who can keep you accountable is invaluable.
Keeping on track
By disciplining you will have no problem keeping on track simply by using simple techniques like lists, journals and prioritising.
If you are finding it’s a struggle you are not alone. There are different types of goal setters and goal getters.
Now here’s the thing…
The 100-day goal method works for everyone. That’s right. It really does work. Why? It works because it is finite.
Talking to a supportive manager, finding a business coach, or being part of an accountability circle are some of the best ways for developing the key skills to move you along the path to keeping yourself and your business on track.
Fly like a dragon!