It’s That Time of Year!

What time of year you ask? Tax season! You know what that reminds me of? Auditing. But maybe not like the typical, boring auditing you think of in regard to your taxes. Heck, who am I kidding? Auditing can be some scary stuff, right? I mean I’ve never personally been audited for my tax returns but it seems like something I try to avoid at all costs. It seems like every statement that comes out of my CPA’s mouth is followed by: in case you get audited. Keep this, document that. Sheesh.

Anyway, I’m proposing a different type of audit. More of a “let’s see the status of 2013 audit.” Clearly about six weeks ago you set some goals for yourself. Whether these were personal goals or business goals, how would you say your progress is going? The important part about this process is to evaluate honestly. If you aren’t where you envisioned you would be; now is the time to figure out why. Maybe instead of setting those same goals next time, you will know that you have to get a little closer to the root of the problem to achieve that goal. Make sense?

For example, one of my goals in the new year was to give more businesses online reviews. Have I fulfilled this? Well, technically, yes. I have given “more” online reviews to local businesses. However, as I am writing this I am able to see the fallacy in my initial goal. The goal wasn’t very specific. More could mean one more or many more. They should not be equally weighted. Now if I said I wanted to give two reviews per month then I can definitively see where a deficiency lies. I should have completed three by this time.

Point being, no matter how many goals I set, I can always use a little practice keeping them S.M.A.R.T. 🙂

Remember that acronym? Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Timely.

So, what are the results of your audit?