Last month, we discussed in detail how small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can set up specific goal-setting protocols and practices. These include using the right tools, platforms, and solutions—including the WPS Office Spreadsheets app—to systematize and automate the process of staying on track.
If you’ve been following our SMB series, you now also understand the importance from a business standpoint of determining goals rather than resolutions. A primary difference between the two is that goals are generally more actionable and trackable than resolutions, which are often stated as a vague vision of the future rather than a specific end point.
But when it comes to actually achieving your goals, the devil is in the details—and the follow-through. So now that you’ve had the last month to get accustomed to your new system, let’s see how well you’re staying on track with your goal-related planning.
Answer the following questions to see if your current practices will ensure continuity through month-end reporting and fiscal year-end:
- Have you successfully tracked your SMB’s goals over the past month? Back in January, we’d advised that you determine definite milestones for your SMB to hit en route to the business’s long-term goals. This might be expressed in the form of monthly deliverables that further your progress toward annual goals, or weekly checkpoints that help you gauge if you’re on target to reach monthly benchmarks. Check that you’ve accurately identified appropriate milestones—and if so, be sure that you have effective tools set up to track and capture relevant data. For example, if you wrote down your goals using WPS Office Writer but haven’t gotten around to tracking your SMB’s specific weekly or monthly milestones with Spreadsheets, then you aren’t fully utilizing the power of your productivity solution.