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Run your life like a Fortune 500 company; set quarterly goals

Posted on April 7, 2013 by William Ruzvidzo

New years goals and resolutions? Remember those? Yeah. Me neither. In the past, I used to establish these really big one year goals for myself and then as the year progressed, I quickly forgot or abandoned them.

At the beginning of this year, I realized that the whole thing is pointless. You set yourself up for failure when you create grand and lofty one year goals only to forget them as the year goes by.

So at the beginning of this year, I decided to be more realistic with my goals and do what a lot of Fortune 500 Companies do; set quarterly goals.

I quite like how a lot of Fortune 500 companies set quarterly goals and then evaluate them at the and of each quarter to review their performance to see whether they stayed on target. So I decided to do the same thing with my life.

So at the beginning of this year, I decided to be more realistic with my goals and do what a lot of Fortune 500 Companies do; set quarterly goals.

I quite like how a lot of Fortune 500 companies set quarterly goals and then evaluate them at the and of each quarter to review their performance. So I decided to do the same thing with my life.

So back in January, I created some first quarter personal, financial, career and fitness goals for myself with the aim of tracking and reviewing them at the end of the 3 months. So far I’ve found that its easier to be more disciplined and to stay on top of my goals when they are more short term. Not only are they more manageable, but having a 3 month deadline also creates a sense of urgency for me and forces me to stay on top of my goals.

You can’t help but feel a sense of achievement and pride when you reach the end of 3 months and find that you’ve accomplished all or most of your goals. It can also be quite disappointing though, when you find that you’ve accomplished nothing at the end of the 3 months. But the good thing is,  you have another 3 months to work on those goals or establish new ones. To me, that’s much better than that feeling of guilt and dread you have when you reach the end of the year and realize that you had a whole year to achieve your goals and you did nothing.

So its April now which marks the end of the first quarter of the year and the beginning of the second one. I’m quite pleased with the progress I made with my goals for the first 3 months of the year. Sure there’s a lot I still need to work on, but that’s what the next 3 months are for!

William Ruzvidzo is a Social Media Strategist and Content Manager at 88 Creative. Find him on Twitter @william_ruz and at williamruz.com .

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