Setting goals is a great way to… achieve your goals. Even if you already have a nice house and a nice car and a happy marriage, happy children, a happy and well behaved dog, the whole shebang – I’m sure there is sitll something you want to achieve with your life. We all have things we want to achieve, from really big, scary goals like “I want to make a million pounds and live in a very big house in the country” to the small ones like “I really need to clean the kitchen.”
But how do you achieve those great big, scary goals?
I’ve been doing Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Push lately, and during it she teaches you not only how to set goals but also how to achieve them.
I’ve followed the things Chalene Johnson suggests in her program, and I have to say I’ve seen great results. It’s so simple, I can’t believe I wasn’t doing it before.
The first thing is to take your goal, and break it down into all the thing you would need to do in order to achieve it. Do a massive brainstorm, or whatever floats your boat so that you’ve got a list of all the things you need to do. The idea is that you break this massive goal down into several tasks that each take about ten minutes – so they’re small and not so daunting.
For example, let’s say you want to tidy your living room. The first task might be to tidy the toys away, then to sort through magazines, get rid of old books, and so on. (Only obviously your goal would probably a little larger than tidying the living room!) You’re breaking down this massive mess (is it just my living room?) into several much smaller, less daunting tasks that you can get done in a few minutes.
In last week’s post about app syncing, I mentioned my love for Todoist, the app for keeping track of your to do list. Set up a project in Todoist for your big scary goal, and make an entry in that project for each item on the list you’ve made.
Here is the key point: each day, you add one or two of the items on that project list to today’s to do list.
This works so well for me to make sure I get things done. I’ve been saying all year I want to write a book, but “write a book” is too big to put on my to do list on any given day. Even if there was nothing else on my list that day, “write a book” is not something I could ever get done in one day. It just sat there as this thing I would make a start on some day, at some point, when I had time.
With this new approach to goal setting, I’ve broken down my goal into smaller tasks: each task is an old blog post to go through and fit into my book. With this I’m probably about half way through the book in a matter of weeks – after months of procrastinating!
If you like to set goals for yourself, check out my weekly goal setting linky