Leading a successful property management company is no easy feat. There are literally dozens if not hundreds of things on your to-do list and people in every direction vying for your attention. This can make finding the time to set and achieve goals seem next to impossible. The good news is, with the right approach, you can not only plan for success in the coming months, but absolutely crush your objectives in the process. Here’s the secret formula.
Make your goals people-focused.
The most important thing to keep in mind when setting goals is how critical your relationships are. In fact, forgetting the people piece of the puzzle is one of the biggest reasons we often fail to stick to and achieve our goals. Knowing that your actions (or inaction) will have an impact on someone else is a great way to stay on track.
Don’t aim too high.
Yes, having long-term goals is important, but if the majority of your objectives are so massive and far into the future that you can barely envision them, you’re far more likely to give up. Instead, break your bigger goals into smaller, shorter-term and more achievable milestones. You’ll still be working toward the big picture but you won’t feel overwhelmed in the process.
Manage progress regularly.
As a busy property management professional, you probably have a planner or some other type of formal schedule to help you stay on track. Add goal monitoring in at least once a week. Yes, it’s another line item on an already overflowing list, but by building your goal tracking right into your regular schedule, you’ll keep your goals front and center and therefore be more apt to accomplish them. It doesn’t have to be a complicated or time-consuming process. Just acknowledge and adjust accordingly.
Don’t break the chain.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld took this approach when trying to gain traction early in his career. He committed to writing a joke every single day and each day he did so, he’d place a red X on the calendar with the goal of never breaking that chain. You can take the same approach by committing to do something – anything that will work toward achieving your goals every single day.
Sure, running a property management company is serious business. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun from time to time. Try and set goals that you enjoy. And when you accomplish something on your to-do list, take the time to give yourself a much-deserved pat on the back. Treat yourself to dinner or a round of golf. When you have a little something extra to look forward to, crushing your goals will be that much sweeter.
What about you? Do you have a trick for setting and conquering your goals? Please share your insight in the comments below!