Now that we are coming to the end of the year, I have this question for you: Did you meet your goals in 2014?
If you are like most people, you set some goals at the beginning of the year and then somewhere along the way, you lost sight of them.
Life happens. You get diverted. Derailed. You take an unexpected detour.
I see it all the time. Smart people with the best intentions set goals and come up with action plans that don’t come to fruition.
Are you ready to break the cycle of unachieved goals?
It’s easy. Quite frankly, every successful person and company knows the secret sauce behind goal achievement: SYSTEMS.
That’s right, you need systems by which you can implement, track, and measure your goals. Think of a system as a process or a method for achieving your goals.
It’s not enough to say that your goal is to increase your sales by 100%. You need a system, a process, or a method to help you get there.
Systems help you organize and become more efficient in pursuit of your goal. By becoming more organized and efficient, you also become more effective.
If you don’t want to waste money, time, energy, and resources then start using systems. They make take a little time to research, learn and integrate on the front end, but it’s well worth the trouble.
No company can grow, no team can collaborate, and no individual can achieve a goal without some kind of system.
Now, not all systems are created equal. There are a gazillion systems available, especially in the productivity app world. I encourage you to find one that resonates with you and your team.
Here are 7 questions to ask yourself when looking for a software system to help you and your team achieve your goals:
- Is it easy to use? Does the User Interface make sense to me?
- Does it allow me to easily collaborate with my team members?
- Can I easily access it on multiple digital devices?
- Does it make my life easier by helping me be more efficient with my time while saving me money?
- Can I trust that my data is safe and kept private?
- Is customer support friendly and responsive in a timely manner?
- Does the company that is providing the system offer ongoing training?
“I wish my work and life were a lot more complicated and overwhelming.” Said NO ONE. Ever.
At the end of the day, we are all looking for ways to make our work and lives simpler. We all want to work smart and reap the benefits.
A great system is designed to help you achieve your outcomes and goals and to help you be more productive while simplifying.
No one wants a system that requires a long and complex learning curve.
Whether you are collaborating on plans with a team, or implementing projects and tasks, the new and upcoming Web and Mobile version of Actionplanr is a powerful system to help you achieve your goals.
What are your thoughts on systems? Do you have a favorite system you use to help you be more productive? Please share your comments below.