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Get SMART with your Goals!

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time - Abraham Lincoln

It's amazing the amount of people that ask me how I do it all, care for my 2 kids, keep some kind of order in my house, 'me' and 'us' time, start and run a new business.....

Looking at it on paper it does seem endless but I'm really not that amazing…well not really!

My secret? I love lists! I write lists and set goals for every aspect of my life and it honestly helps me to get to where I want to be, including living a stress(ish) free life!!

Whether you're setting professional, personal or business goals, documenting everything you need to accomplish and monitoring your goals to see how you're doing, means you are more likely to achieve what you need to.

It's all about being SMART!! It's simple really.

GOALS



Specific - make sure you are clear on the detail and what you want to accomplish. The more specific you can be the more likely you are to accomplish the goal.

Measurable - define how you can measure your goals so you can monitor the progress and know you've succeeded. When you measure your progress, you stay on track. Think about: How much? How many? 

Achievable - be confident that you can actually achieve the goal, make sure it's attainable. Are you willing to achieve the goal?

Realistic - be sure that you have the capabilities to reach the goal. Are you the right person for the goal?

Timely - Set deadlines and timeframes to keep on track and make sure they are realistic to allow yourself to accomplish the goals set.


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My top tips for achieving success with Goals


1. Write them down: This might sound obvious but writing down your goals gives you clarity and helps turn the idea into reality.  Write your goals on paper, enter them onto an excel document or into MS Project...it doesn't matter where you write them down but as long as you can revisit the list of goals and their tasks continuously, you will achieve success.

2. Plan wisely: Make sure your goal is something you really want and not just something that sounds good or is something everyone else is doing. You can achieve any goal when you plan your steps/tasks wisely and establish a time frame that is realistic.

3. Stay Positive: If you set a goal knowing that you probably won't succeed then you won't!! Being positive will keep you motivated and create a much higher likelihood of achieving your goals.

4. Challenge yourself: Don't set goals that you know are going to bore you and therefore you will lose interest fast. You need to challenge your mind and in turn this will keep you motivated.

5. Congratulate yourself: Don't dismiss your achievements, recognise them and
congratulate yourself!!! Some self praise never did anyone harm!

So why not take a moment to consider whether your goals are SMART, and how well you are working towards achieving each goal.

And remember every small step will take you closer to your desired outcome.

Posted by Liz at 20:27
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5 Reasons why you should hire a Virtual Assistant

Do you love all aspects of your job? In my experience most people don't love all aspects of their work, they like it and tolerate it.

What if you could outsource all those tasks that you dislike so much and spend more time on the stuff (or people) that makes you happy?

Here are 5 reasons why hiring a Virtual Assistant will be good for you and your business.

1.   Cost Effective: Employing a full time staff member is costly and time consuming and can put a lot of extra work and pressure on you. Virtual Assistants (VAs) work virtually for you. Meaning we work remotely from our home offices and you never have to provide office space, equipment or software for us. You only pay the VA for the hours actually worked for you, and even better you don't need to pay payroll taxes or benefits.

2.   Take the stress out of you day: A VA will take the hassle and stress out of your day by providing tailored services to meet your needs for a successful business. A VA can take control of your emails, appointments, manage projects, employees and clients. This leaves you free to concentrate on what you love to do, what you do best and what is important to your businesses success.

3.   Balance your work and home life: It's what we all drive towards - a perfect balance between work and home life but sadly the reality isn't always that. A VA can take control of aspects of your business, putting their skills, expertise and years of experience into use and freeing you up to finish work on time and literally have a life.

4.   Hassle free: You don't have the hassle of recruiting, hiring, and training a physical employee. And you may not have the work or money to hire a full time resource.

5.   VAs might just know more than you do. As a business owner, VAs are very savvy at keeping up with the latest technologies and at developing streamlining processes and simply just know how to get things done more efficiently…..because that's their job. 

Hiring a Virtual Assistant means you will have a trusted business partner who is focused on your success as well as their own businesses success. VAs understand the complexities of running and growing a business so tapping in on their knowledge and resources can only benefit your business.

Interested in hiring a Virtual Assistant? Contact us and lets see how we can work together.

Posted by Liz at 20:49