I've reached far more goals in my life since I started using a system to track them. The key, however, is that I've discovered goal-setting, and in particular, goal-REACHING is fun. That's right: it may take work and discipline to reach a goal, but there's so much satisfaction in getting there, that it's all worth it.
I'm going to share my system with you, and it's one I've gleaned from countless books on time-management and goal fulfillment. As an author who is also a homeschooling mother of five, I've HAD to study time-management to make my life work. But you are likely just as busy as I am, if in other ways. So this will help you or anyone who needs to get purposeful with their life and know that they're getting somewhere on the treadmill of time.
I've discovered goal-setting, and in particular, goal-REACHING is fun.
What To Do:
One: Write a Master List of at least 100 goals for the year.That may sound like a lot, but the idea here is to dream big, think big, and focus on what you really want to achieve. I include five areas of my life when I write my master list, so if you put about 20 items beneath each of the five headings, you'll easily reach 100 goals. Once you get the hang of this, you'll probably have more than 100 goals each year and wonder how you ever lived without writing down these things.
Two: If you haven't already, separate your goals into five main headings, such as:
- Personal (losing weight; getting up earlier; speaking more kindly to your mate, etc.)
- Family (turn off the tv at 9PM; have a reading night; eat breakfast together before church, etc.)
- House and Home (Fix the wallpaper in the dining room; paint the hallway; etc.)
- Career (finish that regency romance in my files; flesh out the two I already started, etc.)
- Finance (open a Roth IRA; save a 6-month emergency fund; pay off student loan, etc.)
Three: After you've sorted your goals into their proper spheres, now is the time to go over them again and prioritize. Choose first your top ten goals.
- If I had to choose only ten things to accomplish this year, would this be one of them?
- Is this a non-negotiable item? Something I simply MUST do, have, achieve, etc.?
Finally, using your Master List as a guide, and your top ten goals, create a MONTHLY goal sheet.
You can do this one month at a time. I love to take out my master list at the end of each month and see how I'm doing on the grand scheme of things.
My January list has 34 items, all from my Master List. Some of them are aimed at helping me towards one of the top ten. Not all goals are one-time things you can scratch off a list. Something like "eat more healthy meals," has to be on-going, for example. But I can still give it a check if I've made progress in that area.
Don't ForgetNo amount of setting goals will help if you write your list and then forget about it. Review your list often. I check my monthly list about once a week.
Be Sure Your Goals are MeasurableAgain, if I write something vague like, "Eat more healthy meals," how will I know when I've reached my goal? Do I need to eat three more healthy meals a month, or one healthier meal a day? So be specific. Write something like, "Order out no more than twice a month." That is something you can measure, and know when you've achieved it.
What about you? Did you set goals this year? Have you found a goal-setting plan that works for you?
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