I began my journey to entrepreneurship in January 2020. I was still working a full-time job, had a toddler to raise, and was a wife, sister, friend, etc. Balancing everything as well as trying to implement self-care strategies. I was overwhelmed and quickly realized that I needed a system to organize my business goals. The quarter system was a method that I felt was perfect for my goals.
What Is The Quarter System
The quarter system is usually implemented in school to divide the academic school year. However, this system can be great for planning goals in your personal and professional life. The quarter system is usually based on the 12-month year. The first quarter starts on January 1st and ends on March 31st. Quarter 2 begins on April 1st and ends on June 30th. Quarter 3 begins on July 1st and ends on September 30th. And lastly, Quarter 4 starts on October 1st and ends on December 31st.
Break Down Your Goals
Let’s say you have a goal in mind that you want to achieve by the end of the year. For example, maybe you want to save $1600 by the end of the year. This is a fairly large goal and larger goals take more planning to achieve. Break this goal into quarters to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Let’s say you split the $1600 evenly 4 ways. So the amount of money you need to save for each quarter to reach your yearly goal is $400. You can break that down even more. Since each quarter contains 3 months, that’s $133.33 a month or $33.33 a week. Now this once seemingly huge goal seems way more attainable!
The quarter system doesn’t only apply to financial goals! This system can be used to achieve your career goals, fitness goals, and just about anything else!
How I Use The Quarter System
As mentioned earlier, I launched my business in January 2020 and needed a way to ensure I was staying on top of my business goals. I used planners, calendars, Trello, and just about any other life organizer you could think of. But the one thing that I continued to use was the quarter system.
I now use a combination of Trello and a planner to achieve all my quarterly goals. In Trello, I list my goals for the current quarter and goals to achieve by the end of the 4th quarter. I also have a list of ‘Ongoing Goals’ (goals that usually don’t change) and ‘Doing’ (tasks that I’m currently working on that will help me achieve the current quarter goals).
Being able to visually see my current quarter goals as compared to the bigger goals really helps me celebrate the small wins. For example, one of my bigger goals for the end of the year is to apply for MediaVine, an ad management service that will allow me to get paid from my blog. To apply to MediaVine, you have to have at least 25k sessions a month. That is a huge amount for a new blogger like myself. I broke this goal down into tasks that I need to complete each quarter to ensure I reach this goal.
Since we are currently in quarter 3, my goals are to promote my blog daily, optimize each blog post, and post 3 times a week. These goals are S.M.A.R.T. goals and are measurable and attainable. They contribute to the bigger goal of applying to MediaVine because they are things I need to have in place to be accepted into the program.
Why You Need To Use The Quarter System
The quarter system is a great method that ensures that you meet your yearly goals.
Helps you break down larger goals into smaller attainable goals.
This system helps you plan for your goals in advance so you’re always on track.
Eliminate the anxiety of not knowing how you’ll achieve your goals.
These are just some of the benefits you’ll get when you use the quarter system among many others. If you have been struggling to stay organized or have not been meeting your goals, trying the quarter system may be your next move.
How To Get Started
As mentioned earlier, I use a combination of a planner and Trello to plan out my year. Don’t worry, you don’t have to begin on January 1st as I did. You can start right NOW. Your quarter 1 can begin September 1st and ends November 30th. Each quarter is 3 months so it doesn’t matter what time of the year you start. These are YOUR goals and will be achieved when you want them to be.
You can even change the length of the quarter or have more than 4. Depending on your business and goals, you may need to make some adjustments.
Here are some tools you can use to get started:
Trello, Monday, or Asana
Notes App In Phone
Whatever you choose to use, be sure you’ll have access to it all year. I wouldn’t recommend just storing your goals in your head as you may forget. Also, when you can visually see your goals, you are reminded of them daily.
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