- The Art of Note Taking in the Digital Age
Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2008 in FeaturedNote taking is as ancient an art as any. There are hefty tomes on the subject of how to best capture and organize information in a swift and legible manner and courses devoted to the subject in colleges.And yet, the most popular suggestion in our Skribit widget, which you can use to suggest articles for Lifehack authors to write, is on the question of whether to use digital or traditional methods of note taking.
- 5 Home Office Items You Should Never Skimp On
Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 in LifestyleIt’s tempting to go looking for a bargain when it comes time to stock your home office with equipment. And there’s nothing wrong with looking for a bargain in itself; if you find a high quality item on sale, by all means, get it now – don’t wait until it goes back up!But buying certain items just because they’re cheap is a no-no.
- When Are You Most Creative?
Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2008 in FeaturedWhen are you at your creative peak? That is, what time of day do ideas flow most easily for you? What activities bring your best ideas to the surface where you can most easily gather them up?A recent survey by the Crown Plaza hotel group suggests that certain times and activities are more conducive to creative thinking than others [PDF download].
- Straight Up From ‘Scratch Beginnings’
Posted on Thursday, November 13th, 2008 in FeaturedWith nothing but $25 and a backpack, Adam Shepard set out to prove whether the American Dream still exists. He headed for a city he didn’t know — Charleston, South Carolina — with the goal of having $2,500, a car and a place to live by the end of the year. Shepard chronicled his experiment in Scratch Beginnings. The book holds a few gems for average people working on their own lives — and you don’t have to be completely broke to learn from Shepard’s experiences.
- Should You Be In Business For Yourself? Some Pros and Cons
Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 in FeaturedI write a lot about personal finance. I hear a lot about how different employers are handling the current economic crunch and, lately, what I’ve been hearing makes me pretty uncomfortable about working for a long list of companies. Some employers are slashing benefits — effectively cutting their employees’ salaries while inflation reduces their buying power. I want to suggest entrepreneurship as an alternative, but I realize that it isn’t a great option for everyone.
Last Updated on August 12, 2020
How to Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them
Where do you want to be 5 years from now, 10 years from now, or even this time next year? These places are your goal destinations and although you might know that you don’t want to be standing still in the same place as you are now, it’s not always easy to identify what your real goals are.
Many people think that setting a goal destination is having a dream that is there in the far distant future but will never be attained. This proves to be a self-fulfilling prophesy because of two things:
Firstly, that the goal isn’t specifically defined enough in the first place; and secondly, it remains a remote dream waiting for action which is never taken.
Defining your goal destination is something that you need to take some time to think carefully about. The following steps on how to plan your life goals should get you started on a journey to your destination.
1. Make a List of Your Goal Destinations
Goal destinations are the things that are important to you. Another word for them would be ambitions, but ambitions sound like something which outside of your grasp, whereas goal destinations are certainly achievable if you are willing to put in the effort working towards them.
So what do you really want to do with your life? What are the main things that you would like to accomplish with your life? What is it that you would really regret not doing if you suddenly found you had a limited amount of time left on the earth?
Each of these things is a goal. Define each goal destination in one sentence.
If any of these goals is a stepping stone to another one of the goals, take it off this list as it isn’t a goal destination.
2. Think About the Time Frame to Have the Goal Accomplished
This is where the 5 year, 10 year, next year plan comes into it.
Learn the differences between a short term goal and a long term goal. Some goals will have a “shelf life” because of age, health, finance, etc, whereas others will be up to you as to when you would like to achieve them by.
3. Write Down Your Goals Clearly
Write each goal destination at the top of a new piece of paper.
For each goal, write down what is it that you need and don’t have now that will allow you achieve that goal. This could be some kind of education, career change, finance, a new skill, etc. Any “stepping stone” goals you removed will fit into this exercise. If any of these smaller “goals” have sub-goals, go through the same process with these so that you have precise action points to work with.
4. Write Down What You Need to Do for Each Goal
Under each item listed, write down the things that you will need to do in order to complete each of the steps required to complete the goal.
These items will become a check-list. They are a tangible way of checking how you are progressing towards reaching your goal destinations. A record of your success!
5. Write Down Your Timeframe With Specific and Realistic Dates
Using the time frames you created, on each goal destination sheet write down the year in which you will complete the goal by.
For any goal which has no fixed completion date, think about when you would like to have accomplished it by and use that as your destination date.
Work within the time frames for each goal destination, make a note of realistic dates by which you will complete each of the small steps.
6. Schedule Your To-Dos
Now take an overview of all your goal destinations and make a schedule of what you need to do this week, this month, this year – in order to progress along the road towards your goal destinations.
Write these action points on a schedule, you have definite dates on which to do things.
7. Use Your Reticular Activating System to Get Your Goal
Learn in this Lifehack’s vlog how you can hack your brain with the Reticular Activation System (RAS) and reach your goal more efficiently:
8. Review Your Progress
At the end of the year, review what you have done this year, mark things off the check-lists for each goal destination and write up the schedule with the action points you need for the next year.
Although it may take you several years to, for example, get the promotion you desire because you first need to get the MBA which means getting a job with more money to allow you to finance a part-time degree course, you will ultimately be successful in achieving your goal destination because you have planned out not only what you want, but how to get it, and have been pro-active towards achieving it.
More Tips for Achieving Goals
- 6 Golden Rules to Make Progress Towards Achieving Goals
- How To Set Your Goals And Achieve Them Without Stress
- Why Having a Goals Strategy Can Help You Achieve More
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