It is officially summer, and that can mean slower times for your business as clients and colleagues are out of the office more with vacations and travel. I hope that you are also taking advantage of the longer days to get in some good R&R!
When this season presents itself with pockets of time in between client interactions, how do you handle it? Do you go into panic mode for not being able to get a quick response, or do you take advantage of the time to do some planning?
A mid-year check up is a way to take a temperature read and make sure your business is on track, and make any needed adjustments. Here are some tools to get you started:
1. Pull out the SMART Goals that you put together at the beginning of the year. If you skipped that step earlier, now is a great time to establish SMART Goals for the remainder of the year. SMART stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Based. Start with 3 to 5 goals that you want to accomplish, and apply the SMART Goal strategy to each of them.
2. Do a gut check. What have you accomplished in the past 6 months in each of these areas? Be honest with yourself. It is a-ok to not have met your goals at this point in the year, but I bet you have made progress. List out the steps you have taken, and additional actions that you need to take to get you there.
3. Identify the easy wins. This is where you can build momentum by getting those tasks crossed off your list, and stepping it up. Easy wins may be something as small as setting up a meeting with a vendor to gain additional insight. That is progress.
4. What CAN you accomplish? If your goals have taken a left turn, rework them. If you need ideas, click on this link for Business Goals. You still have a good 6 months of time ahead of you, and a lot can be accomplished before the end of the year.
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