What is your 2015 Destination

QuestionsBy Steve Paddock                                                                         Agricultural Business Advisor, Vermont Small Business Development Center

Welcome to 2015.

A year from now, you’ll be looking back at the events that happened in 2015.  When that time comes, what accomplishments do you want to see?  If you don’t decide for yourself, you will certainly be looking back at what happened to you, rather than what you made happen.

Now is the time to think about what milestones you want to reach on your journey through 2015.  Yes, I’m talking about spending a little time and effort to plan some goals for the coming year.  Think about these areas as opportunities for your attention:

  • Personal
  • Family
  • Farm or business
  • Community

You don’t have to make this a big project.  Put together a handful of goals that are right for you.  When you do, be specific.  Look at these two ways of expressing goals:

WEAK STRONG
Read more Read at least one book and one professional publication a month
Spend more time with our family Spend at least a half day per week on non-work activities with our family.  Put it on the schedule.
Start putting some money aside in savings Put  $20 into savings each week
Get my farm’s books in order Create a system to handle my books and spend two hours every Thursday on book work
Keep better track of equipment maintenance Set up a clipboard system in the shop to track each piece of equipment.  Record all information at the time of service.
Participate in some local events Connect with the food shelf to arrange at least one contribution of product per month.   Participate in a fall open house event for elementary school students.
Take some time off Schedule some specific time off now and arrange the coverage needed to make it happen.

Notice that all the activities on the right require you to do something to make it happen. That’s exactly the key: wanting isn’t enough.  You have to make it happen by planning for it.

Don’t make New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 – Make plans!

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