The Annual Enrollment Period is quickly approaching and it’s important that you are more than ready for the busiest time of year! By keeping your priorities in check and setting goals, you will be confident and prepared for anything AEP throws your way.
Goals give you focus. Can you imagine trying to shoot an arrow without a target? Without focus and goal-setting, your talents are useless. Goals allow you to measure your progress and stay on the right path. This is something we were all taught at a young age, but it’s important to recognize that the importance of goal-setting does not disappear in any stage of life. Any method of goal setting is encouraged, but SMART goals are most effective.
Did you know that 83% of people have no goals, 14% have goals in their heads, and only 3% have goals written down? People who write down their goals are 30x more successful than those who have no goals at all. Many completion issues with goals derive from being vague. SMART goals diminish that flaw and help ensure you can complete your goal.
SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. You can have multiple SMART goals for yourself, it’s just important to prioritize yourself and stay on task.
First, rank your objectives and targets. By implementing a ranking system, you can better determine which goals need your focus. Second, recognize how long your goals and tasks will take. Ask yourself how many hours you will focus on each goal and how much time you can sacrifice. Lastly, be sure to create a schedule to evaluate your progress and adjust your priorities appropriately. It is easy to dedicate time and energy to a certain task and not realize how much time you’ve spent. By frequently evaluating your timeline, you can change focus as needed and be as productive as possible.
SMART goals will define your vision and allow you to effectively schedule your goals. You will also understand how to use resources to your benefit. Lastly, you will be able to communicate in the best possible manner, freeing up your time and energy for other tasks.
Ready or not, here it comes! AEP can be a busy, stressful, but rewarding time of year. By goal-setting and prioritizing those goals and tasks, you can see amazing benefits. Take advantage of these exercises and get excited for a great enrollment period!