In Part 1 of my Execution series, which is titled: Creating a Road Map to Your Goals… you put pen to paper and reflected on 2020: you identified what goals fell through the cracks and re-assessed their priority in light of the shifts that have happened.
Now, let’s bring it all home. Let’s get to work. Let’s execute the last section.
- Get out your work from Execution Blog #2. (Remember you organized your goals into 6 different categories — This Week, This Month, 3 Months, 6 Months, 1 Year).
- Cross out This Week and write February 25th – 28th. All of the celebrations should be done by Sunday the 28th. That will be the Kick-Off Week.
- Cross out Next Month and write March; 3 Months and write March to May; 6 Months and write March to August, and 1 year with 2021.
- Look at all you have written carefully. Now, envision yourself at the end of this year. Picture yourself not only completing these goals but start thinking about what it will feel like once you have completed them. Do you feel these goals are realistic? Are you feeling fired up? Great! You should! You can crush them all.
Ok — let’s make your timeline!
- Get on your computer and create a new spreadsheet. In the top columns, write out the rest of the months for this year.
- In the rows, write out each goal, starting with short-term into longer-term goals.
- Transcribe all the action points into the cells, time appropriately. Put an asterisk next to the items which you want to get done that first week of March. (Hit that week hard.)
- Jot down ideas of productive steps you can make monthly until the longer-term goals are complete.
- Put these steps into the appropriate month columns in the spreadsheet. These are your Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
- Now, one by one, look at each goal on the timeline. Are you missing any small steps? Take time to think and fill in as much as you can.
- Make Calendar alerts for any KPI that you may need a reminder.
- Make another spreadsheet. Have this be just for March. Now, put each week of March in the top columns and your goals in the rows. Again, go heavy the first week. This will be your monthly planning document to which you will update at the end of each month.
- Review this every Monday morning to update and edit. Set more calendar alerts for the week. This is your daily checkpoint.
- Every month go back to the first spreadsheet made of the year-long timeline to track your progress.
- At the beginning of each month, review where you are at, and alter the timeline appropriately.
Congratulations! You have the solid foundation for the rest of the year!
What you are looking at is your timeline for the new year. Every Key Performance IncIndicator — the KPIs — will be your To-Do list each month. Again, at the end of each month, review and assess. You will want to fill up the current month with as many detailed KPIs as possible. Then, one by one, knock them off.
Remember, this is a long play. But, think of how fulfilled you will be one year from today, knowing what you have achieved and having that feeling of accomplishment.
You eat an elephant one bite at a time.
Go Forth and Conquer