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The Dead Simple Way to Set and Follow Your Goals

Dave Delaney

 

I get distracted easily...

Okay, I'm back. Anyway, I have tried countless apps and software to help me stay focused on my work each day. I have concluded that the best way to stay on task is to have your tasks on paper in front of you. That's right - paper. 

I'm offering something special for my blog subscribers. This is a daily goals document you can print to work from everyday. It's special and different than what you expect. 

I read a smart article recently entitled, The Most Important 20 Minutes of the Day by John Meyer. Meyer inspired me to follow his directions of his “8 for the Day” method, which I tweaked for my own document. Meyer recommends committing 20 minutes per weekday to create a list of two personal goals and six business goals, he adjusts it on Saturdays to two business goals and six personal goals. These goals can range from going for a jog as a personal goal to conducting a client call as a business goal. I love this idea and adjusted it to create my own daily goals document.

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In my daily goals document, I changed one of the business goals to an introduction. You need to introduce two people in your network each weekday. One way to do this is by reviewing chats, instant messages, tweets, and emails you have exchanged lately. Who could benefit from knowing one another?

I also included a field for you to write your monthly goal. Writing your monthly goal each day will help you keep focused. Finally, I included a space on the left side for you to include a dollar sign when the item will earn you money. It's amazing what that figure does when staring back at you all day. It will also make you question your goals that are not in sync with your business objectives.

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New Ways to Reflect and Follow Up

Dave Delaney

Take time at end of week to reflect, follow up
Take time at end of week to reflect, follow up

Since launching my free daily goals download, I have received a few questions about how I keep up with my work. The daily goals document helps to keep me on task each day, but it's also important to reflect and return to the items you have crossed off your list. Here are a few ideas to help you keep track and to remember to follow up.

Your Calendar

We are all obsessed (at least I am) with keeping up with our calendars. I use mine to book meetings, coffees, events, speaking engagements, and family stuff. What I have started to do is return to it each Friday to review who I met with that week. I then start a follow up list, so I can remember how I should follow up. Do I need to send a Futureforth proposal? Do I need to make an introduction for someone to another person in my network?

Sent Box and Messages

On Fridays, I check my email sent box. Who did I write to this week? How should I follow up? I also make it a habit of reviewing my Twitter direct messages, LinkedIn mail, Facebook chats, and my regular voice mail and text messages. Who did I communicate with? Are there any next steps I forgot to do?

Daily Goals Review

Each Friday, I review my Daily Goals. It feels wonderful to scratch items off the list as I complete them through the week, but some items lead to new things to add to my agenda. Don't recycle your completed goals documents. Instead, review them and keep them in monthly folders.

I also use Baydin's Boomerang in my Gmail. This is a free service to make emails return to my inbox at later dates. For example, if I email you a proposal, I will set it to return to my inbox in one week if I have not heard back from you yet. This helps me keep organized and feeling (somewhat) sane.

These are a few ways I keep up with my work each week. It is easy to do the work and to move on to the next thing. We need to take the time to reflect on our week. Ask yourself how you wasted time and consider your accomplishments too. Never forget to follow up, that's a crucial part of business networking.

This article originally appeared in the Tennessean newspaper.

The Dead Simple Way to Set and Follow Your Goals

Dave Delaney

NBN Daily GoalsSome people are better than others at setting goals. I'll admit, I am not always great with sticking to my goals. I set goals and misplace where I wrote them, or I'll think about goals and not do much else with the ideas. I've gotten much better over the years at how I handle goals. I find the key thing is to keep your goals in front of you. I'm about to give you a free daily goals document you can download and print. Keep your daily goals on your desk, or taped to your whiteboard or mirror. Put them where you won't forget them.

I read a smart article recently entitled, The Most Important 20 Minutes of the Day by John Meyer. Meyer inspired me to follow his directions of his "8 for the Day" method, which I tweaked for my own document. Meyer recommends committing 20 minutes per weekday to create a list of two personal goals and six business goals, he adjusts it on Saturdays to two business goals and six personal goals. These goals can range from going for a jog as a personal goal to conducting a client call as a business goal. I love this idea and adjusted it for the NBN daily goal document.

Download the NBN Daily Goals

In the New Business Networking Daily Goals, I changed one of the business goals to an introduction. You need to introduce two people in your network each week day. One way to do this is by exporting your LinkedIn connections and reviewing the spreadsheet. Ask yourself who should know one another.

In LinkedIn go to Connections, click the Settings gear icon on the right side, under Advanced Settings select Export LinkedIn Connections. I've included a short video below to help you.

I also included a field for you to write a main monthly goal. Writing your monthly goal each day will help you keep focused. It will also make you question daily goals that are not in sync with what you are trying to achieve.

Are you ready to download the free New Business Networking Daily Goals document to help you with your 2015 goals? Enter your email address below. You will also be subscribed to my personal newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time, but I hope you enjoy it so much you won't.

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