It is so important to take the time to reflect on the past year. Look back at how far you have come and the various experiences that you got to be a part of.
What were your highlights? What didn‘t go as you wished? Also, take the time
assess which of your personal goals you were able to accomplish, and which ones were left on the side-lines.
The question is, why were you unable to accomplish those goals? Was it a lack of motivation or a lack of time? As a photographer/videographer, wearing different hats to run a successful business, time is not necessarily abundant. Nevertheless, by having the right mindset, implementing systems and becoming more organised, it is possible to free up enough time to pursue personal goals.
Is this something you have been struggling with? Are you looking for ways to win back time in your life and dedicate your energy to pursue other things beyond your current business?
Taking the following measures could help you do just that:
Yes, your business and clients matter! But you also matter! Your personal needs should also become a priority and not be ignored. Are you taking on more jobs/projects than necessary? Do you need to start implementing the art of just saying no? Because, remember by saying no to something, you have the opportunity to say yes to something else.
And be mindful of the fact that when setting goals, it is smart to prioritise and rank which ones are the most important. Don‘t overwhelm yourself with a long list of goals – try to stick to three to five goals at a time.
Do you often find yourself claiming that you don‘t have enough time? Do you keep complaining that you are constantly busy? Nope, being busy is not a badge of honor and it is high time to change that. By working smarter, and not harder, you can gain back the time that you so desperately need. Figure out which aspects of your business are eating up your time. And then examine ways to find efficient and creative solutions. Use different tools like project management systems and planners to schedule your various to-dos.
CREATE AN ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM
When setting goals, be realistic about the feasibility of accomplishing them within the time-frame that you have given yourself. Write them down and make a plan regarding the action steps required to accomplish them. Ensure that your goals are clear and actionable. Build in quarterly review sessions to assess how far you have come. By tracking and evaluating your progress, you can make the necessary adjustments to keep moving forward.
Additionally, it helps to tell people that are close to you about your goals. They can act as an accountability buddy, increasing your
chances of following through with your goals.
Lastly, ask yourself, what the consequences are of NOT accomplishing your goal(s). Will there be significant repercussions?
If so, this should prove to be motivation enough to do what it takes to reach your goal(s). Moreover, focus on the incentives for accomplishing your goal(s).
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