Monthly Goal Ideas To Be Intentional With Your Time [Organization]

Is the Earth spinning faster on its axis, or is it just me not keeping up? With five months left in 2019, the bubbling anxiety of what the new year will bring can have us going from zero to sixty real quick.


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I’m looking forward to fall fashion, pumpkin beer, and Halloween just as much as the next holiday enthusiast. With August presenting its new set of opportunities and challenges, I can’t help but to wonder, how in the universe has the year run away from us? Fall is almost here, so cue the pumpkin overload any day now!

Inhale. Exhale to the count of 5…4...3…2…1. Now take a moment to reflect. A lot can happen in a few days, so let’s not abuse the remaining months of 2019 by prematurely obsessing over the inevitable. I know, I know, easier said than done without a little wine or cannabis motivation most days. Am I right?

The time has never been more auspicious to put your needs and wants first to build the life you desire and lay the foundation for your legacy. A little strategizing can go a long way over the next few months to launch one of your ideas into a profitable, sustainable business.



Table of Contents:

  1. Check your ego

  2. Which habits do you want to improve?

  3. Setting SMART business goals vs the G.O.S.P.A Method

  4. Place meaning behind goals

  5. Keep resolutions through discipline

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Check your ego

Instagram now has 1 billion active users per month, with more than 500 million of them using the platform daily. The fight for consumer attention has been amplified over the past few years with the insurgence of influencer marketing, and there’s no signs that this escalation of genuine user-generated content will be slowing down anytime soon.

There’s enough creative originality for everyone to eat, so let’s also leave the competition over collaboration in July where it belongs, mmmkay!

Not confronting the uphill battle of relentless self-doubt that insists on sabotaging our desires through procrastination, baseless comparisons, and the laundry list of excuses that your “[tech] industry is a saturated market”, can no doubt play a huge role in stagnation.

Who would you be if you allowed that fear to propel you forward towards releasing the habit of trading your hard earned coins for unfulfilling instant gratification that won’t put you in a better position by this time next year?



Which habits do you want to improve?

According to Dictionary by Merriam-Webster, a resolution is the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones. Every year around Christmas we hear people declaring, “New year, new me!”, or that they’ll work out more consistently, or finally nix the dairy addiction (No? It’s just me? Okay If you say so). How many of those people are consistent with their goals past February? Studies have shown that less than 25% of people commit to their resolutions after 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them.

I for one don’t want to be a statistic for what not to do. Do you? So many of us struggle to attach a deeper meaning and actionable steps towards our new year commitments, that it’s daunting being vulnerable enough to share and create boundaries around our goals.

If we can commit to taking it one step further, utilizing SMART goals or the G.O.S.P.A Method as guidelines, we can transform our dreams into specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based smaller goals that will snowball into the life we want to live.

Let me know in the comments what dream you’ve been sitting on manifesting this year. How can I help you get started living a digital nomad life?

As I created my vision board to ring in 2019, I said, “No more dimming my light to make others feel more comfortable around me.” People take notice when I enter rooms, so why does that intimidate me into feeling like I don’t belong? I now trust that the universe (God, Source, Allah, or whomever you call on for strength through this thing called life) guides our feet to the exact moment of where we need to be to learn a valuable lesson.

Given the many Mercury retrogrades throughout the year, helping us to face our shadows, I’ve also acknowledged my role in showing up more for myself to further my dreams. When you’re the boss, there’s no one there who has created operational processes or micro manages your productivity. That’s now your job to create the rules of engagement for your organization how you see fit.

But then life happens. We end relationships or make life changing decisions like having children or moving to another country. But would you believe me if I told you that there will be over 4.1 billion internet users worldwide by 2020? That’s a vast amount of eyeballs that will be interested in your products or services.

Children are back in school and the nights will be getting longer soon. I can name a few things more important than those happy hour cocktails or football parties to get your shit together.

G.O.S.P.A Method

The G.O.S.P.A Method begs leaders to ask themselves how are they thinking about the future to set long term goals. The strategy comprises the following components, and differs from SMART goals with its emphasis on tackling objectives versus goal setting:

  • Goals

  • Objectives

  • Strategies

  • Priorities

  • Activities

You set your goals by stating a specific place you want to end up at the end of a specific time period. This can be hitting a specific level of profitability at the end of each quarter or a certain number of books read per month.

 
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The objectives are the sub-goals that you’ll need to accomplish to achieve your long-term goals. An example would be where your organization sets a one year goal to reach a certain dollar level or profitability level, so then your objectives could be in the areas of marketing, manufacturing, sales, cost control, distribution, technology, staff development, etc. If your goal is to read more books within a month, your objectives can be to read on specific days of the week and at a certain time of the day.

The strategy you choose will be the method you’ll use as a guideline to accomplish the objectives as you move forward towards your goals. With regard to sales, your strategy could be to outsource all selling to a professional sales organization. Feel free to delegate several sub-strategies within a single strategy to add some flexibility to your objectives.

Set priorities to continuously keep your team (and yourself) on track. Ask yourself the following questions.

  • What needs to be accomplished first?

  • What’s needs to be completed second?

  • Which items are most important?

  • Which items are least important?

Asana has been my best friend for keeping projects on time, communicating tasks with team members, and holding clients accountable.

Activities are the specific daily tasks that are clearly delegated to specific individuals with standards of performance with strict deadlines. Each task should correspond to the order of importance of its priority. Upgrading to the premium features of Asana will allow you to set the task priority and assign specific tasks to specific team members as needed.

Place meaning behind goals

In the past I’ve held resolutions like working out three times a week for at least 30 minutes, adopting the Pomodoro Technique to reduce restlessness and fatigue, and investing in body creams to manage my combination skin. Others like drinking at least seven cups of water a day or reading two books per month are still works in progress.

Utilizing the G.O.S.P.A Method aids in visualizing the specificity in goal setting versus the vagueness in stating resolutions.

Keep resolutions through discipline

As business technology evolves, so will our need to assess and re-evaluate our systems to increase productivity while building scalable and sustainable organizations.

The first step towards being more reliable, is to be realistic with yourself and starting small. You can’t do everything in one day. Trust me. I’ve tried. Start blocking off one hour a day until you can commit to two or more hours a day of working towards the life of your dreams. Identify the parts of your business that you don’t enjoy and outsource the work. Create a spreadsheet of your monthly or quarterly expenses and startup costs to see where you’re overspending and can apply for startup funding. Before you know it, your business foundation will be solid with a plan implementing your vision to support your goals.

Plan ahead. Make a pros and cons list of the possible risks in working towards the life you deserve versus the consequences of making those decisions. Start writing out your business plan for an hour a day to get your ideas onto paper and begin the research process of product/market fit. Think about how you can contribute to a community by making their lives more efficient, entertaining, or sentimental. What do you want to gain from this experience?

Time waits for no man, and the most consistent thing in life is change.

I sign off with blessings, as Destiny’s Child would say, “Wishin you the best, pray that you are blessed/much success, no stress, and lots of happiness.”


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Bianca Monique - Creative Director, Forever Eye Love Atlanta

Bianca is a hot toddy sippin', festival lovin’, LGBTQ content strategizing, Om addict.

When she's not writing, you can find her catching a burlesque show, tinkering in the kitchen, or dancing to the beat of her mood.

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