Five Self Management ways to Personal Goal Achievement

Five Self Management ways to Personal Goal Achievement

Defining your personal goals in life is a big achievement in itself. However goals are not just there to sit in your journal or even pinned to the wall to look at when you get a spare minute. Goals are there as a destination which needs to be worked towards as your life progresses, and you are the driver in charge of the transport which will get you along that journey. So, having decided what your goal is, the next stage is to take an assertive path towards setting out how you will achieve it.

Do you hope to be one of the top international sales managers in your product line? Is your goal to one day run your own company? Do you have a goal of retiring early and being able to travel around the world? Whatever your goal is, there will be set amount of things you will need to do before achieving it. So where do you start?

1. Make the goal as tight and specific as possible.

Specific goals are more achievable than ones with “loose” edges.

In the early retirement scenario this could mean putting an age into the pot, so that the goal would be “I want to retire at the age of 50 and travel around the world.”


2. Identify the things that are essential to have before your goal can be achieved.

Self managing your goal achievement means taking control of the situation and not sitting back hoping it will just happen. Take time to consider exactly what you need to have in order to be in a position to achieve your goal.

Continuing the retiring early to travel scenario, this would mean that you have made enough money to fully pay up a retirement fund which will allow you to live out the rest of your life without worrying about paying the bills, plus having a savings fund to cover the cost of your travels. It also means that you do some research so that you know where you want to go and what you want to see of the world.

3. Take each of the steps and break it down into smaller achievable mini goals.


The steps applicable to the scenario in this article would be:

* Make an appointment with an independent financial adviser and discuss your goal with him. Ask what financial options are open to you to get an optimal retirement fund build up that will help you reach your goal in the time frame you have available.

* Start making payments into whichever retirement plan is decided to give you the best return.

* Open a special bank account which will give you a good rate of interest on your savings and commit to putting a set amount of money into this account each month.


* Consult with your financial advisor on an annual basis if the retirement plan is remains the best one for your situation or whether there is now a better option.

* Build a library of travel books that cover the areas you wish to visit.

* Would having a second language help in your travels? Investigate taking language training in French, Spanish or whichever language will help you get the most out of your traveling experience.

4. Get started on the personal goal achievement journey!


Put a note in your schedule to start the first task on the mini goal list on a specific day. Write down exactly what you will do on that day, and stick to it! Once you have one mini goal achieved, move on and schedule a date for the next one.

Make that appointment with the independent financial advisor.

5. Annual Review

Make a note each year, perhaps on your birthday, to review your goal and the steps that are taking you there. See how far you have traveled towards it, change any of the remaining steps in light of any new circumstances. The review process is an essential part of self managing your way to personal goal achievement because over time situations and desires change and your life goals need to reflect these changes.

You have moved positions and now have more money at your disposal and can increase your monthly savings.

With a proactive approach you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are journeying in the right direction towards goal achievement.

Katie-Anne Gustafsson spent many years in business administration before becoming a WAHM where she learned many of the organisational skills and tools she needs to effectively balance the demands for her daily life.

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The Ultimate Way to get to Inbox Zero

The Ultimate Way to get to Inbox Zero

Ah, Inbox Zero. An achievement that so many of us long for. It’s elusive. It’s a productivity benchmark. It’s an ongoing battle.

It’s also unnecessary.

Don’t get me wrong, the way Inbox Zero was initially termed is incredibly valuable. Merlin Mann coined the phrase years ago and what he has defined it as goes well beyond the term itself.


Yet people have created their own definition of Inbox Zero. They’re not using it with the intent that Mann suggested. Instead, it’s become about having nothing left in immediate view. It’s become about getting your email inbox to zero messages or having an empty inbox on your desk that was once filled with papers. It’s become about removing visual clutter.

But it’s not about that. Not at all.

Here’s what it actually is, as defined by Mann:


“It’s about how to reclaim your email, your atten­tion, and your life. That “zero?” It’s not how many mes­sages are in your inbox–it’s how much of your own brain is in that inbox. Especially when you don’t want it to be. That’s it.” – Merlin Mann

The Fake Inbox Zero

The sense of fulfillment one gets from clearing out everything in your inbox is temporary at best, disappointing at worst. Often we find that we’re shooting for Inbox Zero just so that we can say that we’ve got “everything done that needed to be done”. That’s simply not the case.

Certainly by removing all of your things that sit in your inbox means that they are either taken care of or are well on their way to being taken care of. The old saying “out of sight, out of mind” is often applied to clearing out your inbox. But unless you’ve actually done something with the stuff, it’s either not worth having in your inbox in the first place or is still sitting in your “mental inbox”. You have to do something with the stuff, and for many people that is a hard thing to do. That’s why Inbox Zero – as defined by Mann – is not achieved as often as many people would like to believe. It’s this “watered down” concept of Inbox Zero that is completed instead. You’ve got no email in your inbox and you’ve got no paper on your desk’s inbox. So that must mean you’re at Inbox Zero.


Until the next email arrives or the next document comes your way. Then you work to get rid of those as quickly as possible so that you can get back to Inbox Zero: The Lesser again. If it’s something that can be dealt with quickly, then you get there. But if they require more time, then soon you’ve got more stuff in your inboxes. So you switch up tasks to get to the things that don’t require as much time or attention so that you can get closer to this stripped down variation of Inbox Zero. However, until you deal with the bigger items, you don’t quite get there. Some people feel as if they’ve let themselves (or others) down if they don’t get there. And that, quite frankly, is silly. That’s why this particular version of Inbox Zero doesn’t work.

So what’s the ultimate way to get to Inbox Zero? Have zero inboxes.

The inbox is meant to be a stop along the way to your final destination. It’s the place where stuff sits until you’re ready to put it in the place where it sits until you’re ready to deal with it. So why not skip the inbox altogether? Why not put it in the place where it sits until you’re ready to deal with it? Because that requires immediate action. It means you need to give the item some thought and attention. You need to step back and look at it rather than file it. that’s why we have a catch-all inbox, both for email and for analog items. It’s allows us to only look at these things when we’re ready to do so.


The funny thing is that we can decide when we’re ready to without actually looking at the inbox beforehand. We can look at things on our own watch rather than when we are alerted to or feel the need to. There is no reason why you need an inbox at all to store things for longer than it sits there before you see it. None. It’s a choice. And the choice you should be making is how to deal with things when you first see them rather than when to deal with things you haven’t looked at yet.

Stop Faking It

Seeing things in your inboxes is simply using your sight. Looking at things in your inbox when you first see them is using insight.

Stop checking email more than twice per day. Turn off your alerts. Put your desk’s inbox somewhere that it can be accessed by others and accessed by you when you’re ready to deal with what’s in it. Don’t put it on your desk – that’s productivity poison.

If you want to get to Inbox Zero — the real Inbox Zero — then get rid of those stops along the way. You’ll find that by doing that you’ll be getting more of the stuff you really want done finished much faster, rather than see them moving along at the speed of not much more than zero.

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