Setting Business Goals | June
Good Monday Morning! Is that an oxymoron? I guess only if you make it that way. So, I was going through my Bloglovin’ feed this morning, and realized it’s June 1st. And I’m also seeing a lot of posts out there about setting goals, for business and personal alike. As the saying goes, those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Setting business goals is one thing I ask new clients to define in their style and brand questionnaire. One year, five years, even 10 years out. For me, it’s an important aspect to ensure their design will grow with their business. But most often I have them tell me that my questionnaire really made them think about their business and future in a new way.
Being Type A, I like lists. Often times when I’m at the grocery checkout, I’m asked if I found everything I needed. Sadly, there are times I answer, “I don’t know, I forgot my list. I guess I’ll find out when I get home.” Yes, I’m one of those people that if I don’t have a list, it doesn’t get done (or purchased.)
So, I’m setting business goals for the month of June.
ONLY CHECK MY EMAIL THREE TIMES A DAY
It is easy for me to get distracted, and email is one of my biggest downfalls. Yes, I do try to respond to messages and emails as soon as possible. But then there are times I get an email about new stock photography or blog updates. It’s easy to click on it, and then it snowballs into looking up something on Google, and before you know it, well…you know the rest.
So now, I’m closing my iMail, turn my phone volume down and upside down, and for the month of June will try to only check my emails three times a day.
TRACK MY PROJECT HOURS
I have a larger goal of really streamlining my project timelines. So this one is more of a mini goal. Research if you will. Last week I finished an identity and collateral design in one week. The web design project before that I completed in a week as well. Now, most projects don’t go so quickly, so I think it’s good to have an average to create a timeline.
For the month of June I will be logging every work hour. Design projects, blog posts, inquiry responses, etc. Then I can take my data and work out more of a daily schedule of how many hours I should be spending per day on each of my major tasks.
Toggle is a great time tracking software and app. I like that I can have it right on my desktop, and it even reminds me to track my time when I start working on my computer.
FINISH MY WEBSITE
I launched the blog a month ago, and had planned on rolling out the other pages shortly after. But one curse of being a designer is that it is terrible trying to do design work for yourself. This is my first and most important business goal I’ve set for this month.
I love making these lists, and it really gives me some great ideas for future blog posts as well. What are you goals for this month? Let’s hear them!