Guide: Creating your Freelancing Goals for 2021
Have you set up your goals for 2021? If not, chill out. We are still in the first month of the year; so, you are right on time to plan your freelancing goals this year.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” This distinguished quote of Benjamin Franklin’s applies to anyone. May it be for planning your freelancing goals, business goals, and even personal goals. When you create a plan, you set up a blueprint of what, how, and when you will meet your goals.
You might not achieve your goals last year but, you don’t need to get disturbed. There is no such as a perfect plan. Measuring and tracking your progress allows you to do re-adjustments if there are goals unmet.
How can we plan your goals for 2021? What areas we need to be eyeing in terms of planning.
Seven Ways to Create your Goals for 2021
1. Make it measurable
Providing goals that are too bold and not specific is like planning for nothing. If you want to achieve something, you must be specific about your goals and set a timetable for each goal you have. Also, you must include the concrete steps in reaching your goals. If you have a plan, you have something to abide by.
An example of having a not measurable goal is planning to be rich. Instead of planning to be rich, state your goal as investing into something, maybe starting an agency, online store, or anything that can be measured and tracked by your timetable.
You can have an individual goal for a week, a month, a quarter, or plans for the whole year. And then, below each goal, write the practical steps that will bring you to success.
2. Set a time limit for each goal
Each goal should consist of a time limit. Otherwise, you’ll end up not achieving any of your dreams. By having a deadline, you can measure the results of your operative actions. Add in a specific time and do your best to stick to your plan. And then monitor your progress.
And if you did not meet your goals with its deadline, you’ll check on your process, do re-adjustment and then, do better.
3. It should be your own goal.
In creating your plan, you must own your goals. There are times when you plan goals that you thought for yourself but, you are only copying others. It is vital to set the goals that matter to you because it will bring satisfaction to you.
Always consider the things that are important in your life so that you can personalize your plans. As an effect, you will able to own it because it brings value to you. Later on, when you experience struggles, it empowers and motivates you to fight; you feel your purpose towards fighting the battles.
4. It needs to be internalized.
You desire that you want to be successful in life yet, a desire without action is only a bucket list. It means, maybe it happens, perhaps it will never happen. And you don’t want that because you are going for results. How to do it?
It would be best if you put your plans into writing. Depending on your style, you can use a journal, a whiteboard, or whatever you like. When you are writing your dreams, you motivate and involve yourself working hard to fulfill your goals.
Developing a habit is essential because there is no overnight in reaching your aspirations. If you are not putting it into writing, you will not feel to take any actions towards your goals.
Areas of Life to Create Goals
- Spiritual Goals
- Fitness Goals
- Family Goals
- Freelancing/Business Goals
- Social Goals
- Financial Goals
5. Be Detailed
It will help if you list down all the things that you want to achieve. Also, you must include the concrete steps and then the deadline. Why you need these specific details?
These are pivotal to your plans’ success because it allows you to have a clear view of what you want to achieve, how, and when.
6. Set Accountability Measures
You must put measurements in place to hold yourself accountable because if you don’t have accountability, it gives you the freedom to go against your goals. Your self is your number one enemy in achieving your goals so, set accountability measures; otherwise, you will end unproductive and not reaching what you want.
An example of this is a habit tracker. May it be a notebook, online calendar, or planner or joining online programs that will help you track and measure how you are with your goals.
7. Evaluate and Adjust
Measuring your progress is significant since you can not improve what you can not measure. There are times where you can not achieve a goal at a specific time. There are many hindrances, and it is normal. You can not do anything about it. What will matter is how you will adjust your ways to reach your goals the second time effectively.
Without setting goals, we can not define the life that we want to live in. And if things are not going the way we planned, just like what happened last year when the health crisis occurred. We have to evaluate, re-check, change our lifestyle, and start over again in what we want to achieve this year.
If you want to learn more, check this video.
Now, are you ready to create your goals in 2021? Please tell me if there is anything I can help you with.