My favorite Tactics For Goal-Slaying
Recently, as I was doing my usual Sunday planning session, I realized that I can actually cross some of my big goals off my to do list. These are home-related goals that have literally been on my to do list for three years (and in my mind for even longer). So, what changed? How did I finally accomplish some of my goals that have been sitting on my list for so long?
I finally came up with a system that worked for me, that’s how! I’ve read a lot of magazine articles, books and blog posts on goal setting and time management. I’m always looking for the best time management strategy that will help me reach my goals – especially now, when I have less time to get things done.
This year, I’ve changed how I do my planning and it has actually helped me accomplish some of my big goals that have been sitting on my to do list for ages. Since these goals weren’t time sensitive, they just sat on my list for years with no forward movement.
How To Achieve Long-Term Goals (That Don’t Have Deadlines)
Since my big goals didn’t have deadlines, they always feel to the bottom of my to do list and never got addressed. I don’t have a full 40 hours to get work done, between my health issues and my kids’ needs so I have to be super productive when I have the time.
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- Write Down Your Goals: I know, some of you are thinking, duh, but if you’re like me, you only write down the goals or tasks that have deadlines, or the work-related goals. When I finally started writing down my personal goals, I actually started working towards them.
- Write Down Your Goals Where You Can See Them: I used to keep a master list, based on what I read in “Getting Things Done.” The problem was, I didn’t look at my master to do list daily (or even every week if I was really busy) because I usually only focused on my work-related or deadline critical goals. Once I started writing my goals in a place where I would see them every single day, I started making an effort to work on them. You get tired of seeing the same thing week after week, month after month.
- Write Down Your Goals Regularly: I think this is the step that really made me focus on my goals. Rather than keeping a master to do list that I refer to and pull from, I started using a weekly grid and filled everything in weekly. It got annoying writing some of the same things over and over again so I finally started doing tasks to make them happen. You can download my grid for free ASoCalMom_WeeklyPlan.
- Practice Time-Blocking: I don’t know why I didn’t try time-blocking before. It has made such a difference in my productivity. If you haven’t heard about time-blocking, it is basically doing the same type of task at a time, rather than jump from one task to another. So, for example, when I write, now, I write several posts at a time in a given time period and then set aside another block to handle images. I used to write a piece, get the images and set it up to post at once. It took forever. I can now write several pieces at once and set them up later. If you haven’t tried time-blocking, I highly recommend it for getting through your to do list and reaching your goals.
- Schedule Time For Goals: Again, you may read this and think, duh, but here me out. Sometimes our to do list is full of the deadline work and must dos and we go weeks or months without doing anything to work towards our bigger goals. Since you’re reviewing your goals regularly, and have broken them down into 10 minute and 1 hour tasks, you should be able to allocate some time each week to reach your goals. I find I do better with the 10 minute tasks than the 1 hour tasks, but I still try to fit in a 1 hour task every week if it is important to my goal.
It can be hard to work toward your personal goals when you already have so much on your plate. As I said, a few of my goals have been on my to do list for years. I’m finally making things happen by working towards my goals one week at a time.
What is your favorite strategy for reaching your goals?
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